Sharon Barbour’s practice focuses on litigation, cross-border investigations, and white collar defense. She has experience in disputes involving securities, tax, international, and commercial law before a number of U.S. and foreign regulatory authorities and U.S. Courts. Prior to joining the firm, Sharon was an associate at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton.

Sharon has been recognized in the 2021 and the 2022 guides for the Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch for white collar criminal defense in New York. Super Lawyers recognized Sharon as a Rising Star in 2020.

Sharon is a graduate of New York University Law School, where she served as the developments editor for the Journal of International Law and Politics. She received her B.A., cum laude, from Washington University in St. Louis, where she was the senior editor of the Enquiry Philosophy Journal. Sharon is fluent in French.

Sharon received Sanctuary for Families’ Above & Beyond Pro Bono Achievement Award in November 2019 for her work obtaining a special form of immigration relief for a survivor of human trafficking. Additionally, Sharon received the 2016 LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York Leadership & Initiative Award for her leadership role in creating the LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York’s LGBTQ Youth Clinic.

Sharon Barbour’s practice focuses on litigation, cross-border investigations, and white collar defense. She has experience in disputes involving securities, tax, international, and commercial law…

Education

New York University (J.D., 2013); Washington University in St. Louis (B.A., cum laude, 2010)

Bar Admissions

New York State; U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

Activities and Affiliations

Member, New York City Bar Association International Human Rights Committee

Co-Chair, Sanctuary for Families Pro Bono Council (PBC)

Member, Steering Committee of the LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York LGBTQ Youth Clinic

Cohen & Gresser is pleased to announce that 38 of the firm's New York and Washington D.C.­based attorneys have been named to the 2021 Super Lawyers List across a wide range of practice areas. C&G co­founder Mark S Cohen and partners Jonathan S Abernethy and Daniel H Tabak have also been named to the Super Lawyers list of the top 100 lawyers in the New York metropolitan area, and partner Karen H Bromberg has been recognized as one of the top 50 women lawyers in the New York metropolitan area.

Super Lawyers ranks outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Only five percent of the lawyers in each state are selected as Super Lawyers, and only 2.5 percent are selected as Rising Stars.

Super Lawyers

Jonathan S Abernethy: Criminal Defense: White Collar
Kwaku Andoh: Mergers & Acquisitions
Elizabeth Bernhardt: Business Litigation
Thomas E Bezanson: Personal Injury – Products: Defense
Colin C Bridge: Criminal Defense: White Collar
Karen H Bromberg: Intellectual Property
Jason Brown: Criminal Defense: White Collar
Damir Cefo: Intellectual Property Litigation
Joanna K Chan: Securities Litigation
Mark S Cohen: Business Litigation
S Gale Dick: Business Litigation
Christian R Everdell: Criminal Defense: White Collar
Lawrence T Gresser: Business Litigation
Oliver S Haker: Business Litigation
Johannes Jonas: Mergers & Acquisitions
Nicholas J Kaiser: Real Estate
Jeffrey I. Lang: Business Litigation
Melissa H Maxman: Antitrust Litigation
Ellen Paltiel: General Litigation
Nathaniel P T Read: Business Litigation
Bonnie J Roe: Securities & Corporate Finance
Stephen M Sinaiko: Business Litigation
C Evan Stewart: Securities Litigation
Daniel H Tabak: Business Litigation
Scott D Thomson: Business Litigation
Alexandra Wald: Business Litigation
Ronald F Wick: Antitrust Litigation

Rising Stars

Luke Appling: Civil Litigation
Sharon L Barbour: Criminal Defense: White Collar
Drew S Dean: General Litigation
William Kalema: Business Litigation
Sophia Soejung Kim: Criminal Defense: White Collar
Sri Kuehnlenz: Civil Litigation
Winnifred A Lewis: Securities Litigation
Marvin J Lowenthal: Criminal Defense: White Collar
Barbara K Luse: Criminal Defense: White Collar
Matthew V Povolny: Business Litigation
Benjamin Zhu: Criminal Defense: White Collar

International law firm Cohen & Gresser is pleased to announce that eight of its lawyers have been recognized in the 2022 edition of the Best Lawyers in America. Selection in the 28th edition of the guide is based entirely on peer-review surveys in which tens of thousands of leading lawyers evaluate their professional peers.

Five C&G attorneys have been recognized by their peers as a “Best Lawyer” in their practice areas:

  • Jonathan S. Abernethy – Criminal Defense: White-Collar
  • Thomas E. Bezanson – Commercial Litigation and Product Liability Litigation: Defense
  • Jason A. Brown – Criminal Defense: White-Collar
  • Mark S. Cohen – Criminal Defense: White-Collar
  • Evan Stewart – Litigation – Securities

Three C&G attorneys have been recognized as “Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch” in their practice areas:

  • Sharon L. Barbour – Criminal Defense: White-Collar
  • Winnifred A. Lewis – Commercial Litigation
  • Alexandra K. Theobald – Commercial Litigation

C&G achieved a Second Circuit victory for our client, Fidelity Brokerage Services, in a contract dispute involving a transfer of assets from a family partnership’s Fidelity brokerage account. The Second Circuit affirmed the District Court’s grant of summary judgment to Fidelity and held that Fidelity was not liable to the partnership for allowing one of the partnership’s members to transfer assets out of the partnership’s Fidelity account.

Cohen & Gresser is pleased to announce that 35 of the firm's New York and Washington D.C.­based attorneys have been named to the 2020 Super Lawyers List across a wide range of practice areas. C&G co-­founder Mark S Cohen and partners Jonathan S Abernethy and Daniel H Tabak have also been named to the Super Lawyers list of the top 100 lawyers in the New York metropolitan area, and partner Karen H Bromberg has been recognized as one of the top 50 women lawyers in the New York metropolitan area.

Mark S Cohen, Jonathan S Abernethy, Jason Brown, C Evan Stewart, and Thomas E Bezanson were recognized in The Best Lawyers in America‘s 2021 New York listings. Mark, Jonathan, and Jason were recognized for white collar criminal defense; Evan for securities litigation; and Tom for commercial litigation and product liability litigation defense. Additionally, Sharon L Barbour, Winnifred A Lewis, and Nicole Dhir were recognized in the New York list of The Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch. Sharon was recognized for white collar criminal defense; Winnifred for commercial litigation; and Nicole for commercial litigation and securities litigation.

Sanctuary for Families honored Sharon Barbour at its Above and Beyond Awards for her pro bono work to obtain a special form of immigration relief for a survivor of human trafficking.  Sanctuary for Families provides legal, clinical, and advocacy services for survivors of domestic violence, sex trafficking, and related forms of gender violence.
Sharon L Barbour discusses the potential ramifications of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Cyan, Inc. v. Beaver Cty. Employees Ret. Fund in The CLS Blue Sky Blog, Columbia Law School’s publication on corporations and capital markets. The case addresses the question of whether state courts have subject matter jurisdiction over class actions under the Securities Act of 1933.
Sharon L Barbour provides a book annotation for the 44th volume of New York University’s Journal of International Law and Politics, reviewing "Entangled Rights of Freedom: Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Religion and the Non-Discrimination Principle in the Dutch Wilders Case" by Lisanne Groen and Martijn Stronks.