Sharon Iskra is a partner and leads the firm’s Institutional Abuse and Neglect team. Sharon lives a unified mission: personally and professionally, she helps. A nationally recognized advocate and voice for the vulnerable, she litigates cases for children, individuals with special needs, and others who have been abused, neglected, or exploited in institutions such as group homes, rehabilitation centers, universities, hotels, foster care facilities, and other settings.
Sharon led the trial team that won the National Law Journal Elite Trial Lawyer’s Disability Rights Award in 2022 for the historic multi-million-dollar verdict won on behalf of two disabled and non-verbal minors who were seriously abused by staff at a care facility. She applies equal dedication to the employment matters, product liability claims, and other serious injury and wrongful death cases she handles. Sharon is also a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) representing children in abuse and neglect cases, and she makes frequent presentations on the subject.
Sharon’s natural talent in the courtroom is recognized by judges and colleagues. Chief Judge Haden of the Southern District of West Virginia said of her, “Ms. Iskra quite simply moved a very difficult case over several years and achieved an excellent result for her client at a jury trial. She achieved complete success…She fought valiantly for several years and then prevailed, despite rigorous opposition from two respected law firms.” Lack v. Walmart Inc., 56 F.Supp.2d 674, 678-79 (S.D.W. Va. 1999).
Sharon connects deeply first with her clients and then with her juries. Both relatable and relentless, she pursues the higher goal of bettering society as she brings closure to each client’s case. This tenacity has served clients well when battling large companies such as Walmart Inc., Pittston Coal, Champion Traps and Targets (Federal Cartridge Company), Hooters, Health Insurance Innovations, and nationally known universities.
Sharon serves on the Board of Directors for Think Kids West Virginia, and is also a member of the Board of Directors for the West Virginia Association for Justice.
Sharon’s personal passion to serve is also unique: in 2004, she paused her successful legal career for nine years to direct children’s and urban ministries at a local church. In addition to her caseload and CASA work, Sharon continues her volunteerism with afterschool programs for inner-city children and has served on missions to orphanages in Haiti and Africa in 2014, 2016, and 2019. She plans to continue her lifestyle of personal and professional missions effecting positive change at home and abroad for many years to come.
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Awards & Accolades
- National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers, West Virginia (2023)
- National Trial Lawyers Elite Trial Lawyers, Disability Rights (2022)
- Law Clerk, Hon. Mary E. Stanley, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia (2004 – 2006)
- Bailey Glasser secured a $17 million jury verdict on behalf of its client, Mike Rodgers, who instead of receiving proper care for a spinal column injury, was rendered a paraplegic. Bailey Glasser partners Greg Haddad and Sharon Iskra tried the case over eight days in Charleston, West Virginia state court, in a matter that was heavily fought by the defendant who sought to avoid responsibility for his negligence.
- L.K. and D.S. v. Potomac Center, Inc. (West Virginia): Lead counsel securing $3.5 million verdict for two mentally disabled youths abused and neglected at a residential group home; this case was complicated by the fact that neither child could speak to describe their experience. This is the largest verdict on record in Hardy County, West Virginia
- Doe v. Yeshiva University et al., (New York): Lead counsel representing an adult abused by clergy under the New York Child Victims Act and state human rights laws
- R.S. and K.S. v. Kanawha County Board of Education et al., representing parents on behalf of nonverbal child abused by teacher in special needs classroom
- Willis v. Walmart Inc., (West Virginia): Lead counsel pioneering the first case of same-gender sexual harassment under the West Virginia Human Rights Act, winning the then-novel cause of action for client both at trial and on argument to the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals
- Mey v. Travel Options, Inc. (West Virginia): Lead counsel attaining one of the largest individual judgments under the West Virginia Consumer Credit and Protection Act (WVCCPA), in excess of $460,000
Community and Professional Activities
- Member, National Crime Victims Bar Association
- Board of Directors for Think Kids West Virginia
- Board of Directors for the West Virginia Association for Justice
- Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), Western Regional CASA
- PRO-Kids, Inc. (Afterschool Program, 50 At-Risk Elementary Children)
- Board of Directors, 2008-2020
- Fundraising Chairman, 2012-2015
- Led weekly faith lessons, 2008-2020
- Director of Children’s and Urban Ministries, Charleston Baptist Temple, 2006-2016
- Mission Work in Haiti and Africa, 2014, 2016, 2019
- American Association of Justice
- Litigation groups: Anti-Human Trafficking, Child Sex Abuse, Sexual Assault
- Active in River Ridge Church and Christ Church United Methodist Communities