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Sharon F. Iskra

“Ms. Iskra quite simply moved a very difficult case over several years and achieved an excellent result for her client at a jury trial. She achieved complete success…She fought valiantly for several years and then prevailed, despite rigorous opposition from two respected law firms.”

From the opinion written by Chief Judge Haden of the Southern District of West Virginia in Lack v. Walmart Inc.

Overview

Sharon Iskra is best known as a voice for the vulnerable, representing marginalized members of society (including children, individuals with disabilities, and other disadvantaged people), as well as those who have suffered serious injuries.

She has tried more than 20 cases, tenaciously battling large companies including Walmart Inc., Pittston Coal, Hooters, Champion Traps and Targets (Federal Cartridge Company), and The Potomac Center, Inc. on matters ranging from human rights violations and intentional harm, to negligence and products liability.

Sharon has delivered positive outcomes for her clients when facing opposing counsel at some of the largest law firms in the country. She is simultaneously relatable and relentless, always pursuing the high goal of bettering society as she brings resolution to each client’s claim.

In addition to her legal work, Sharon directed children’s and urban ministries for nine years at a local church. She continues to volunteer weekly with PRO-Kids, Inc., nurturing the faith and meeting the needs of inner-city elementary children.

Clerkships

  • Law Clerk, Hon. Mary E. Stanley, US District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia (2004 - 2006)

Education

J.D., Wake Forest University School of Law, 1994, Best Trial Advocate Award, Moot Court

B.A., Baylor University,1991

Admissions

  • West Virginia
  • US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • US District Court, Northern District of West Virginia
  • US District Court, Southern District of West Virginia
  • Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia

Experience

Representative Matters

  • Representing two mentally disabled youth in a hotly contested case alleging abuse and neglect at a residential group home; this case is complicated by the fact that neither child can speak to describe their experience
  • Pioneered the first case of same-gender sexual harassment under the West Virginia Human Rights Act, Willis v. Walmart Inc., winning the then-novel cause of action for client both at trial and on argument to the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals
  • Attained one of the largest judgments in the state for an individual claim under the West Virginia Consumer Credit and Protection Act (WVCCPA), in excess of $460,000

Community & Professional

Community and Professional Activities

American Bar Association

American Association for Justice

West Virginia Association for Justice

West Virginia Women Attorneys

Charleston Area Alliance

Board of Directors, PRO-Kids, Inc., 2008-present; also leads weekly lessons for 50 children

Mission work in Haiti and Africa, 2014, 2016, 2019

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