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   3Sharon M. WoodsDetroit(313) 596-9304swoods@bsdd.comswoods@bsdd.comBarris Sott Denn & Driker PLLCwww.bsdd.comwww.bsdd.comwoodssharon.jpgClass Action/Mass Tort Defense LawCommercial LitigationProfessional Malpractice Defense Law: Including Legal/Technical/Financial
Sharon M.
Barris Sott Denn & Driker PLLC
333 W Fort St Fl 12
Detroit MI 48226
Ph.(313) 596-9304 Fx.(313) 965-2493Leading Lawyers Magazine story about this lawyer
Recommended by peers in:
Class Action/Mass Tort Defense Law
Commercial Litigation
Professional Malpractice Defense Law: Including Legal/Technical/Financial
Advisory Board Member
County:  Wayne
Litigator:  Yes

Practice Description:  
Ms. Woods is a senior member in the law firm of Barris, Sott, Denn & Driker, P.L.L.C. and was a chairman of the firm's management committee for 24 year and continues as head of its Litigation Department. Her practice is focused primarily in the area of business litigation, including commercial and complex litigation; construction, securities, intellectual property litigation, employment litigation, class action litigation and professional malpractice defense.

She is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, United States Federal Court of Appeals, United States Court of Claims and various United States district courts.

Bar Admissions:  
Michigan, 1972

Law School:  University of Detroit School of Law, J.D., 1971

Law School Honors/Involvement:  
Summa cum laude
Articles Editor, Urban Law Journal
Recipient of various academic honors

Undergraduate School:  University of Detroit, B.S., biology, 1968

Undergraduate School Honors/Involvement:  
Magna cum laude
Recipient of various academic honors
President, National Honor Society, University of Detroit
Officer of various academic societies, including student government secretary

Employment History:  Law Clerk, U.S. Attorney, 1971

Bar/Professional Association Involvement:  
Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers, 2003-Present

Fellow, American Bar Foundation

Fellow, Michigan Bar Foundation

Member and Counsel, Board of Accountancy, State of Michigan, 1977-1986

Kappa Beta Pi Honors Sorority

Member; former State Chairman, Historical Society of the United States Supreme Court, 1993-Present

Member and Counsel, Board of Accounting of State of Michigan by gubernatorial appointment, 1977-1986

Administrative Committee (Grievance Committee), State Board of Accountancy, 1977-1986

Trustee; Former President-Elect, Detroit Bar Association Foundation, 1996-2001

Member, American Law Institute

Board of Directors and Co-Chairman of Civil Litigation Committee, Federal Bar Association

Member and Vice-Chairman, Advisory Committee on Local Rules of the United States District Court, 1984-1991

Arbitrator, American Arbitration Association (including Complex Litigation Panel)

Faculty, U.S. District Court Trial Advocacy Program, 1987-Present

Faculty, ICLE Trial Advocacy Program

Mediator, Oakland County Circuit Court

Member of Advisory Board to Business Court, Oakland County Circuit Court

Member, ADR Section, Michigan Bar Association

Member, Oakland Circuit Court Committee, 1992

Member, American Judicature Society

Fellow, Michigan State Bar Foundation

Fellow, American Bar Association

Co-Chairman (Legal Committee), Michigan Task Force on Competitiveness, Wayne County

Chairman (Public Safety Committee), Michigan Highland Park Task Force, Wayne County

Awards; Honors; Distinctions:
Best Lawyers in America - Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, and Professional Malpractice Law
Chambers USA, Client's Guide to America's Leading Lawyers - Commercial Litigation

Best Lawyers in America   Best Lawyer in Detroit - Construction Litigation, 2012
  Best Lawyer in Detroit - Real Estate Litigation, 2013
  Best Lawyer in Detroit - Professional Malpractice Defense, 2014

Top 50 Business Attorneys in Michigan, Crain's Detroit Business, 2013-2016

Benchmark - Top 250 Women in Litigation, 2012-2015

Michigan Super Lawyers - Business Litigation
  Top 100 Michigan Lawyers, 2006-Present
  Top 50 Women Lawyers, 2006-Present
  Top 10 Michigan Lawyers, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011

Twenty Women in the Law, Michigan Lawyers Weekly, 2010

Community Involvement:  
Graduate, Leadership Detroit, 1988
The Detroit Club
  Board of Directors, 1998-2008
  Vice President, 2000-2001
  President, 2001-2002

Published Legal Writing:  
Co-author, "Coping With Multi-Plaintiff Employment Litigation", Journal of American Corporate Counsel Association, Spring 1989

Chapter Author, "Commercial Torts", Michigan Torts, 1992 (updated 1993, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2013)

Legal Lectures:  
Lecturer on business litigation, Detroit Bar Association, ICLE, Lorman Business Center, Inc.

Lecturer on employment litigation, American Corporate Counsel Association, 1988

Firm Description:  
At Barris, Sott, Denn & Driker, P.L.L.C., we provide creative, effective solutions for a broad range of clients -- from individuals, small startups, and mature businesses to large corporations, universities, nonprofit organizations and local governmental bodies. Consistent with the size and philosophy of the firm, Barris, Sott, Denn & Driker attorneys do not take a "cookie-cutter" approach to any of our clients' legal challenges. We look for efficient and expedient ways to help clients with their problems, from the simplest to the most complex.

In a very real sense, we are "lawyer's lawyers" -- we represent seven of the largest law firms in Michigan. Because of our record for success both in and out of the courtroom, these firms often turn to us in cases that are particularly complex or sensitive.

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