Elaine Whitfield Sharp is a trial attorney providing quality representation for people in state and federal courts. She represents people and families who have been injured and need help. She represents people who have been accused of crimes. She does not represent “big business” or insurance companies.  Elaine has particular strengths in choosing forensic and medical experts and in investigating and interpreting forensic and medical issues for judges and juries in criminal and civil cases.  Elaine has taught the principles of scientific evidence to lawyers and to forensic scientists at national conferences and has written about these issues in a major forensic textbook.  (Go to:  http://www.amazon.com/Forensic-Neuropathology-Second-Jan-Leestma/dp/0849391679#reader_0849391679 )

Among other types of cases, Elaine represents victims of:

  • Medical negligence (injury and wrongful death)
  • Slip and fall
  • Vaccine injury and death
  • Civil rights violations, including police misconduct, wrongful conviction (following release on federal habeas),  discrimination based on gender, sex and handicap, age, and violations of federal and state constitutional and statutory rights by government
  • Civil wrongs, such as, defamation (slander and libel), conversion, trespass, assault and battery, and more
  • Wrongful discharge in employment, whistleblower claims, professional misconduct defense
  • Family law, divorce and child custody

Elaine also represents parents and care-providers who have been wrongly accused of child abuse, particularly so-called “Shaken Baby Syndrome.” She has recently represented “Shaken Baby” clients in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Kentucky, Kansas, and Florida. She has been retained as a consultant by attorneys in Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama, Texas, Iowa, California, Idaho, and Kansas.

Elaine, with her husband Daniel S. Sharp, has represented people injured as the result of professional malpractice such as, medical, dental and legal negligence, accidents, and the misconduct of police officers and state and federal government employees. They have also been retained by numerous attorneys to help them with cases that have gone to higher courts, such as the supreme courts of Michigan and Massachusetts and the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit (in Boston) and the Sixth Circuit (in Cincinnati.)

Elaine is member of the following professional organizations:

  • American Academy of Forensic Sciences — AAFS
  • New York Academy of Sciences—NYAS
  • American Assocation for the Advancement of Science — AAAS
  • American Association for Justice — AAJ
  • Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys — MATA

In addition, Elaine attended the New Scotland Yard‘s conference in the area of forensic identification techniques, including fingerprints and facial reconstruction, and took and completed the the forensic pathology course offered by the United States Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP).

Daniel S. Sharp, Elaine’s husband and law partner, died Saturday,  February 13, 2010. For more about his life, read here.  Elaine continues the tradition of zealous advocacy for the firm’s clients.

NOTE: the Firm name is Whitfield Sharp & Sharp