Sharon Sanner Muir

SUMMARY

Sharon Sanner Muir is a trial attorney at the firm’s Oakland office. For over 30 years, Ms. Muir has focused her practice on the representation of professionals who practice in design, insurance, real estate and accounting. She has also practiced successfully in the arenas of medical malpractice; medical device and products liability; and shopkeeper, bar owner and commercial liability. She has tried 11 cases to verdict and obtained dismissals for waiver of costs on more than 20 cases involving personal injury due to negligence and alleged damage to reputation.

Ms. Muir was the six-year Editor-in-Chief of Verdict Magazine, the quarterly publication for the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel (ASCDC) and also served on the Board of Directors of ASCDC. As an adjunct Professor at Law at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, she taught upper division writing, with a focus on summary judgment and trial motions. Ms. Muir is a member of the Northern Association of California Defense Counsel and a frequent lecturer, author, and speaker on the role of professionals. Ms. Muir currently sits on the Loyola Law School Advocacy Institute’s Advisory Board. She is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Saint Mary’s College of California.

Born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada, Ms. Muir graduated from Stanford University with an A.B. in English and German Literatures and earned her Juris Doctor in 1980 from Loyola Law School.

EXPERIENCE

Defense Verdict for Department Store: Ms. Muir represented a department store in a false imprisonment action stemming from the temporary detention of a suspected shoplifter. Ms. Muir successfully tried the case and obtained a defense verdict.

Defense Verdict for Department Store: Ms. Muir represented a department store in slip-and-fall case. The plaintiff, a high-earning bank operations officer, claimed permanent back injuries and lost earning for nearly a year. Ms. Muir successfully tried the case and obtained a defense verdict.

Defense Verdict for Night Club: Ms. Muir represented a night club in an alleged assault and battery by security claim. Plaintiff was asked to leave the club due to disturbances he was causing, when he refused to do so, security escorted him off the premises. Ms. Muir successfully tried the case and obtained a defense verdict.

Summary Judgment for Geotechnical Engineer: Ms. Muir represented a geotechnical engineer in defense of conspiracy claims brought by an owner of an aggregate mining property that claimed the engineer conspired with government agencies and surrounding competing owners of aggregate mines to assess excessive reclamation fees to cause the plaintiff to close his business. Through a motion for summary judgment, Ms. Muir prevailed, defending the claim based on qualified immunity and lack of a state actor status.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS
  • The State Bar of California
  • Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada
  • Organization of Women Architects and Design Professionals
  • Association of Southern California Defense Counsel (1981-1990) – Board of Directors: (1986-1990)
  • Editor: Verdict magazine: (1986-1990)
  • Loyola Law School Advocacy Institute Advisory Board 2010-Present
  • Loyola Law School Adjunct Professor (Legal Drafting/Upper Division Writing): (2011-2012).