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Sharon Markowitz
Sharon Markowitz

2020 Up & Coming Attorneys: Sharon Markowitz

The pandemic is a national disaster. But some have just the right skills for it.

At Stinson, partner Sharon Markowitz was already using her quantitative analysis and other abilities in high-exposure cases, like deceptive practices claims, contract matters, and force majeure matters.

The work positioned her for Stinson’s COVID-19 task force, which helps clients with pandemic-related legal issues. That might be a waiver protecting a company from COVID transmission liability, or something more complicated, like crafting ways to reduce litigation risks of new processes designed to reduce disease transmission.

How and when did you know you wanted to study law and pursue it as a career?

My interest began in high school when I read “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.” I was struck by all the rights we have and how that contrasts to the utter lack of rights of people in that book. Then in college, I had an opportunity to shadow a lawyer and other lawyers in his firm, and fell in love with the work they did.

What do you find the most rewarding or love best about working in the legal profession?

I like thinking through defenses and claims, thinking up big-picture strategy, coming up with quantitative models to measure or disprove damages. I [also] really enjoy executing discovery in a super efficient way. I get a weird high out of helping clients spend as little money as possible on discovery, while still achieving our goals.

What inspires you and motivates you to achieve your goals?

My husband. He is my biggest cheerleader.

What is something that most people don’t know about you?

I am really interested in and passionate about early childhood education and development. My husband and I adopted a 2-year-old from Thailand, and we’re in the process of adopting another 2-year-old from Thailand.

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