Jack Sharman

Jack Sharman










Birmingham, AL

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  • B.A., Washington & Lee University, 1983
  • M.F.A., Washington University, 1986
  • Certificate in European Studies, Institute for European Studies (Geneva, Switzerland), 1985
  • J.D., Harvard Law School, 1989 Editor-in-Chief, Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy


  • Georgia, 1989
  • District of Columbia, 1991
  • Alabama, 1996
  • Mississippi, 2002

When should we talk?

Let’s talk when they try to put you in prison and your business out of business.

I defend businesses and individuals in white-collar criminal cases, and I guide them through corporate internal investigations.

What do I work on every day? Corporate internal investigations, kickback cases, government-contract fraud, grand jury investigations, gaming issues, defense of criminal environmental offenses, public-corruption enforcement, due diligence issues under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, Congressional investigations, election contests, defense of health-care entities in civil and criminal matters including Medicare fraud and qui tam lawsuits under the False Claims Act and investigations by military officials.

I blog on white-collar matters, White Collar Wire, and publish the firm’s Twitter feed about white-collar crime and enforcement matters, @WhiteCollarWire.

What else might be useful to know?

Out of law school, I was a judicial clerk to Judge David B. Sentelle, United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit. Then I practiced at Covington & Burling (also in Washington, D.C.) before I became Special Counsel to the House Banking Committee (now called the Financial Services Committee). As Special Counsel to the Committee for its Whitewater investigation, I oversaw a team whose work culminated in four days of nationally-televised hearings in August 1995. I was also Special Counsel in 2016 to the Judiciary Committee of the Alabama House of Representatives for the impeachment investigation of Governor Robert Bentley.

Sometimes, I teach: I’ve been an Adjunct Professor of Law at Washington & Lee University and the University of Alabama, and I have helped out with a course on Electronic Discovery at Cumberland School of Law.

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Professional & Community Activities

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
    American Bar Association, White Collar Crime Committee of the Section on Criminal Justice
  • Edward Bennett Williams American Inn of Court, former member (only Inn devoted solely to white collar crime)
  • Birmingham American Inn of Court, Barrister
  • Alabama State Board of Bar Examiners, former examiner
  • Birmingham Bar Association, Grievance Committee, former chairman
  • Washington & Lee University Alumni Association, former national president
  • Mountain Brook Lacrosse Association, former president
  • Cathedral Church of the Advent, former Vestry member

Awards & Accolades

  • Leadership Birmingham’s 2019 Class
  • The Best Lawyers in America published by Woodward/White, Inc, Corporate Compliance Law “Lawyer of the Year,” 2019; Corporate Governance Law, 2019; Criminal Defense: White Collar, 2019
  • Benchmark Litigation “2018 Litigation Star”
  • Mid-South Super Lawyer for Criminal Defense: White Collar, 2017

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