Sharon L. Clisham is the managing partner in WFBM's San Francisco office.  She supervises a diverse practice of more than thirty attorneys and co-manages the firm's four offices.  During her six year tenure as co-managing partner, Sharon has overseen the firm's growth to nearly 80 attorneys.  As a partner in the San Francisco Environmental Department, she has been instrumental in developing the firm's associate training program, customized to address the procedures and nuances of asbestos litigation.   Sharon has tried several product liability cases and asbestos cases to verdict and continues to supervise and facilitate the resolution of cases for many of the firm's clients. 

Sharon is a native San Franciscan.  Her early education, both diverse and practical, included study in architecture, plumbing, welding, electrical engineering and automotive repair in addition to regular academic courses.  Little did she know that these trades would feature prominently in her future legal career.  She attended Tulane University after visiting and falling in love with the city of New Orleans, where she continued schooling, following her undergraduate studies, receiving a masters degree in Applied Social Research. 

Shortly after receiving her masters degree, Sharon was recruited by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  She worked in the San Francisco FBI Office before being promoted to the Intelligence Division of the New York FBI office where she worked on Foreign Counter-Intelligence espionage cases emanating from Soviet-bloc nation agents operating within the United Nations.  Knowing that working espionage cases could enthrall her for only so long, Sharon left the Bureau to enter into the challenging field of law.  She returned to San Francisco to attend Hastings College of the Law. 

Sharon has spent all of her nearly 20 years of practice at WFBM where she plans to stay at least as long as it takes the San Francisco 49ers to win another Super Bowl.  She is a world traveler, patron of the arts and a benefactor of many animal care and shelter facilities.

Representative Trials

Hudnall v. Various Defendants
; Asbestos/Product Liability

Defense verdict (12-0 by jury) for WFBM represented construction site contractor involving claim of exposure to asbestos by a career carpenter. San Francisco Superior Court Judge Alfred A. Chiantelli presided and the law firm of Brayton, Purcell, Curtis & Geagan represented the plaintiffs.

Schweitzer v. Various Defendants; Asbestos/Product Liability

Defense verdict (12-0) on behalf of a large premises owner represented by WFBM in a confirmed mesothelioma case. The jury returned a verdict on behalf of the client represented by WFBM based on plaintiff's failure to prove negligence against the premises owner. Plaintiff was represented by Phillip Harley of Brayton, Harley, Curtis and San Francisco Superior Court Judge Ollie Marie-Victoire presided.
Contact Information
T: 415.781.7072
F: 415.391.6258
Newcomb College (B.A. 1982)

Tulane University (M.A. 1983)

University of California,
Hastings College of the Law
(J.D. 1992)
State Bar of California

American Bar Association

American Bar Association
Advisory Panel

Charter Member of the Bar
Association of Leadership Society

National Association of
Women Lawyers (NAWL)
California (1992)

United States Court of
Appeals, Ninth Circuit
Areas of Practice
Asbestos Litigation

Environmental Law

General Liability Litigation