Pro Bono Lawyer for Incarcerated Mothers Named Lead Counsel

April 11, 2012 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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Brooklyn Law School Grad Balances White-Collar Litigation With Volunteer Time

NEW YORK — Brooklyn Law School graduate Sharon Katz was recently named special counsel for pro bono at Davis Polk & Wardwell.

For more than 10 years, she has been providing pro bono advice and representation to incarcerated women in connection with visitation, custody and other family law matters as part of the Volunteers of Legal Services Incarcerated Mothers Project, and was recently honored for this work by Women’s E-News as one of “21 Leaders for the 21st Century.”

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At Davis Polk, she has worked as senior counsel in the firm’s litigation department. She represents clients in general litigation matters, with particular emphasis on federal securities law and professional malpractice.
Katz has represented companies in a number of internal investigations, including the investigation into the reclassifications of the Shell Oil Company’s oil reserves, and in connection with SEC and DOJ investigations, including industry-wide inquiries into auction rate securities and “yield burning” in the municipal bond market.

Katz has represented a number of investment banks in various investigations and lawsuits brought by state and local governments challenging the suitability of their investments. She also has represented law firms, including in an action involving the securitization of intellectual property revenue streams.

She  is a member of the boards of a number of pro bono legal services providers and organizations committed to policy and direct service work on behalf of low-income and indigent New Yorkers, including the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, Hour Children Inc., and The Correctional Association of New York.

She began at Davis Polk in 1982 after being admitted to the bar. She had previously been a law to Brooklyn federal court Judge Thomas C. Platt.

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