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twined” and hold the imposition of hearing day fees unconstitutional to the
extent they effectively denied people of low and modest means the right to
take their cases to court.4
Sharon’s principled approach is consistent both in the public eye and
outside of it. Throughout her years as a partner at Camp Fiorante Matthews
Mogerman (“CFM”), she was the conscience of the firm. Issues of ethics,
potential conflicts of interest and so on usually found their way to Sharon
for resolution. She had at least two stints as managing partner or comanaging
partner and stood as a beacon for female employees and associates
at the firm as well as for other women in the legal profession to whom
she tirelessly served as a mentor and friend. On many occasions she has
created firm policies such as maternity leave to promote equality.
Sharon was an active bencher who felt a deep obligation to report to her
constituency on Law Society matters. Of her various committee responsibilities
she particularly enjoyed her experience in the audi alteram partem
role sitting on discipline panels.
Part of what made Sharon such a fine advocate was her attention to detail
and the compassion with which she carried out her work. Her strong people
skills can again be attributed to her upbringing and were evident in her
early jobs at Shoppers Drug Mart and the Bank of Montreal. While not
always evident to lawyers on the other side of her files, Sharon relates
exceptionally well to people from all walks of life and would also take the
time needed to establish a good rapport and provide support to her clients,
particularly individuals and families who had been injured or otherwise
deeply affected in aviation and product liability cases.
She worked on complex, multi-year asbestos and HCV class actions, helping
to establish new law5 but also managing the innumerable details of longterm
management of the settlements in these cases. WorkSafeBC and B.C.
workers continue to receive many millions of dollars each year as a result
of the asbestos litigation, which was spearheaded by Sharon for at least the
last decade. In the HCV file, Sharon graduated from a secondary role to
being one of four principal lawyers responsible for implementing the settlement,
which has paid more than $1 billion to class members to date and has
more than $1 billion in the bank. It is novel litigation that has included joint
hearings between the three supervising judges from Quebec, Ontario and
As impressive as this summary is, it would be wrong to leave you with
the impression that Sharon is all work and no fun. Her practice was not her
life. As we noted at the outset, Sharon is caring, generous, fun-loving, active
and a little bit klutzy.