"[I]ncredibly bright" and "remarkable in her support for her clients and the legal community."
Chambers USA 2015
Sharon Israel focuses her practice on intellectual property law with an emphasis in patent litigation, opinion work, and client counseling. Sharon has acted as counsel in intellectual property cases before district and appellate courts, the International Trade Commission, and the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. She has litigated patents relating to a variety of technologies, including cellular communications systems and devices, oilfield equipment, consumer electronics, chemical compositions, and medical devices, among others. Sharon also is a member of Mayer Brown’s Electronic Discovery & Information Governance practice.
Sharon has been recognized by Chambers USA as a leading lawyer in Intellectual Property since 2004, and has been described as "incredibly bright" and "remarkable in her support for her clients and the legal community " (2015); as "a savvy patent attorney who is experienced, practical and tenacious" (2010); "incredibly intelligent and savvy attorney" (2009); ". . . highly professional, very smart and hard working . . . great at focusing on the real issues" (2007), and asserts that she "...has earned a name as 'highly responsive and outstanding . . .'" (2006). Sharon is listed in IAM Patent 1000—The World’s Leading Patent Professionals; she is recognized as an “IP Star” by Managing IP’s 2016 World IP Handbook and Survey; and is recognized in Managing Intellectual Property’s “IP Stars - Top 250 Women in IP”, a list of leading women intellectual property lawyers globally. Sharon has also been selected by her peers for recognition by Texas Super Lawyers® (2003 to date), including being named one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers in Texas (2008 and 2009) and one of the Top 100 Lawyers in Houston (2009), and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America. In 2015, she received the Eléonore Raoul Greene Trailblazer Award from Emory University School of Law. In 2010, Sharon received the President's Outstanding Service Award from the American Intellectual Property Law Association, and in 2005 she received the President’s Award from the Houston Intellectual Property Law Association.
Sharon is a frequent speaker on patent-related topics, and has served in leadership roles in numerous organizations, including serving as President of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, Chair of the State Bar of Texas Intellectual Property Law Section, President of the Houston Intellectual Property Law Association, on the Council for the American Bar Association Intellectual Property Law Section, and on the Board of Governors for the Federal Circuit Bar Association. Before joining Mayer Brown in 2005, Sharon practiced with two other national law firms. Following law school graduation, she served as a law clerk to the Hon. Alan D. Lourie, US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Adding a practical focus to her IP practice, Sharon was an engineer with General Electric Company before entering law school.