Gary Sharp is a partner at Foley & Mansfield. As Chair of the Firm's Toxic Tort group, Gary splits his time between the Detroit and California offices. With 30 years of civil trial experience, he focuses his practice on the defense of complex product liability and toxic tort cases.
Gary’s extensive trial experience in both State and Federal courts around the United States has resulted in successful outcomes for numerous product manufacturers, suppliers and distributors. Noted for his expertise in the trial of high profile cases, Gary was the lead defense counsel in a Wisconsin products case that was featured as one of the most significant defense verdicts of the year by the National Law Journal. Gary has been retained as National and Regional trial counsel for several companies and corporations sued as defendants in asbestos related litigation. He has tried asbestos cases to verdict in California, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, North Dakota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington, D.C. and Wisconsin. He has handled or supervised cases in almost all fifty States and the Territory of Guam.
He has been included in the Michigan Super Lawyers list by Law & Politics magazine, has been named a Top Lawyer by a Detroit business publication, and has achieved the highest possible Martindale-Hubbell rating for the highest level of legal ability and adherence to professional standards of conduct, ethics, reliability, and diligence.Nationally recognized for trial strategies and the defense of medical claims in the toxic tort arena, Gary has taught seminars for defense counsel, in house counsel and insurance professionals across the country. He has been elected to the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) and the Litigation Counsel of America and is a member of the Defense Research Institute and the Litigation and Product Sections of the State Bars of California and Michigan.
Gary was a founder of the firm's Detroit office and served as it managing partner for 18 years, expanding Michigan operations significantly in both size and revenue.