Practice Areas

White Collar Defense

General Civil Litigation

Student Disciplinary Matters


1215 19th Street N.W.
Washington, D.C.

Tel:  (202) 467-4114
Fax: (202) 467-1625

Jim Sharp

Jim is a nationally recognized attorney. His practice focuses on white collar criminal defense and related matters. He also represents professional athletes confronting disciplinary matters.

Representations and consultations have frequently involved high visibility issues from Watergate to those of current national and international attention. Clients have included President George W. Bush, Rupert Murdoch, and Alex Rodriquez; and at an earlier time included President Nixon’s confidant Bebe Rebozo; Clifford Irving; and Philippines General Fabian Ver.

Jim has been profiled in, among others, the linked New York Times article herein. He has been a frequent speaker at litigation programs, including training sessions and as a guest consultant at other law firms relating to cross-examination, trial tactics and strategy.  He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and consistently recognized by his peers for his trial skills and also in publications addressing attorney excellence.

Prior to private practice, Jim distinguished himself as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia and as a Navy Judge Advocate. As a federal prosecutor, he was consistently assigned the most challenging cases including the prosecution of a United States Senator and was awarded the Department of Justice Special Achievement Award for his service. As a Naval Officer Jim not only prosecuted and defended courts-martial, but was selected to serve as a counsel relating to the catastrophic loss of the USS SCOPRION submarine in the North Atlantic, a proceeding where he served as a specially assigned attorney to the Supreme Allied Commander.

The New York Times has described Jim as “a top lawyer” who has “kept out of the limelight.”  In a similar vein Time magazine recognized Jim as among the best unknown lawyers in Washington.

Jim choses to remain out of the public spotlight to the fullest extent possible, believing that his clients’ interests are best served in that way.