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  • University of Virginia, B.A. (1981) English Literature, with high distinction
  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D. (1987) Order of the Coif; Editor-in-Chief, The Hastings Law Journal


  • California

J. Daniel Sharp

 Partner San Francisco
Phone: +1 415.365.7372
3 Embarcadero Center, 26th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111

J. Daniel Sharp is a partner in Crowell & Moring's San Francisco office, and a member of the firm's Litigation Group. Mr. Sharp practices in trial and appellate courts and arbitration in several fields, including real estate, commercial contracts, professional liability, corporate control disputes, university affairs, and the representation of individual investors, corporate officers, and directors.

Prior to joining Crowell & Moring, Mr. Sharp was a partner with the San Francisco firm of Folger Levin & Kahn LLP. He joined that firm after clerkships with Judge John T. Noonan, Jr., of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Judge Charles A. Legge, of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Representative Matters

  • Representing General Motors on appeal of adverse jury verdict in products liability/negligence case. Obtained reversal of $3.5 million jury verdict.
  • Representing Silicon Valley semiconductor company against former employees and their companies in trade secrets litigation resulting in confidential settlement.
  • Representing software company in commercial arbitration resulting in recovery of 100 percent of amounts claimed under a long-term license agreement, plus attorneys fees.
  • Representing a green energy provider in federal litigation over sale of renewable energy credits. Obtained dismissal of all claims prior to discovery.
  • Representing a private investment manager in commercial arbitration proceedings resulting in recovery of a $24 million award for breach of contract, conversion, and breach of fiduciary duty, including substantial punitive damages. Case reported at Bosack et al. v. Soward, 573 F.3d 891 (9th Cir. 2009).
  • Representing a life insurance company on appeal. Obtained reversal of $6 million jury verdict for negligence, bad faith, and breach of contract.
  • Representing a multi-billion dollar private company in a breach of contract and valuation dispute over $400 million in stock. Obtained summary judgment and affirmance on appeal for client.
  • Representing a prominent Silicon Valley law firm in a legal malpractice action involving a merger transaction. Obtained summary judgment in favor of the law firm, and affirmance of the judgment in the California Court of Appeal.
  • Representing technology law firm in avoid disclosure of privileged communications. Case reported at Venture Law Group v. Superior Court (Singhania) 118 Cal. App. 4th 96 (2004)
  • Representing a financial institution in contract and tort litigation with developers over 13 residential real estate projects. Obtained a $64 million judgment in favor of the client after a combined jury/bench trial, and affirmance of the judgment on appeal.
  • Representing various public and privately held real estate developers in connection with financing and contract disputes.
  • Representing a private equity fund in contract litigation concerning the sale of a radio station.
  • Representing various attorneys and law firms in connection with professional responsibility issues, including law firm transitions and claims of legal malpractice.
  • Representing the California Judicial Council in appellate proceedings.


Admitted to practice: California

Member, American Bar Association, Center for Professional Responsibility
Member, Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers (APRL)
Volunteer member, Mediation Panel, United States District Court, Northern District of California

Highlights, News & Knowledge

Speeches & Presentations

  • "Top Ten Ethics Considerations in 2016," Association of Corporate Counsel CLE Program, San Francisco, CA (January 28, 2016). Presenter: J. Daniel Sharp.
  • "Top Ten Ethics Considerations in 2016," Association of Corporate Counsel CLE Program, Palo Alto, CA (January 26, 2016). Presenter: J. Daniel Sharp.
  • "Superior Court Boot Camp: Motion and Trial Practice Skills Program," Pincus Professional Education, San Francisco, CA (October 2013). Presenter: J. Daniel Sharp.
  • "What In-House Counsel Should Know About the Appellate Process," Silicon Valley Association of General Counsel, Santa Clara, CA (December 2012). Presenters: Ethan P. Schulman and J. Daniel Sharp.
  • "Attorney-Client Privilege and Conflicts in Mergers and Acquisitions," Silicon Valley Association of General Counsel, Santa Clara, CA (December 2011). Presenter: J. Daniel Sharp.
  • "6th Annual Federal Court Boot Camp Conference," Pincus Professional Education, Los Angeles, CA (October 2010). Presenter: J. Daniel Sharp.
  • "Litigation in a Joint Venture Context," Law Seminars International, San Francisco, CA (September 2010). Presenter: J. Daniel Sharp.
  • "Settling Cases Involving Claims Against Financial Institutions," U.S. District Court, Northern District of California ADR Program, San Francisco CA (May 2010). Presenter: J. Daniel Sharp.


  • "Ripening Conflict over Lawsuit Mootness," The Daily Journal, Los Angeles and San Francisco (October 28, 2013). Author: J. Daniel Sharp.
  • "Who Owns Dissolved Entities' Privilege?" The Daily Journal, Los Angeles and San Francisco (May 17, 2013). Author: J. Daniel Sharp.
  • "The Ironies of Attorney-Client Privilege in Shareholder Derivative Litigation," The Daily Journal, Los Angeles and San Francisco (July 14, 2011). Author: J. Daniel Sharp.
  • "Will Mediation Become a Safe Haven for Attorney Malpractice?" San Francisco Daily Journal (May 19, 2010). Author: J. Daniel Sharp.
  • Goldstein v. Lees Revisited: The Current State of the Law in California Regarding Claims for Disgorgement of Attorneys’ Fees, (2007). Author: J. Daniel Sharp.

In the News

Firm News & Announcements

Aug.14.2018 LITIGATION NOTE: University of California Prevails in Federal Lawsuit Asserting Civil Rights Violations
Jan.19.2011 Daily Journal Names Crowell & Moring to 2010 "Top Plaintiff Verdicts" List