Sharon Belisle is a Litigation Paralegal with extensive experience. She began working with the litigation team of Friedman Gaythwaite Wolf in 1985, and joined Verrill Dana in August, 2013. She assists the trial team with all aspects of the case, from initial analyses of the issues through trial strategies and presentation. Sharon has participated in civil trials throughout New England and New York, in cases involving complex personal injury, product liability and medical malpractice. She has prepared for and attended trials lasting from several days to two months, routinely setting up offices for the trial team in remote locations. She has frequently assisted with “parachute” cases with catastrophic losses, in which the firm became involved weeks before trial. Sharon works directly with the trial team with factual investigation, document management, expert witness interviews, detailed medical summaries and research, preparing witness examinations, identifying trial exhibits, designing demonstrative exhibits, and active participation in jury selection and trial. Sharon is proficient with various electronic document management programs.
Sharon’s prior experience includes working with the Portland law firms Preti Flaherty Beliveau & Pachios, and Beagle and Ridge. She was also an Independent Disability Claims Adjuster for Unum/Provident.
Sharon graduated from the University of Southern Maine Paralegal Studies program. She has prior experience leading and facilitating seminars through the Institute for Paralegal Education and participated on a MSBA panel. She previously held positions as President, Vice-President and Publicity Committee Chairperson for the Maine State Association of Legal Assistants (MSALA).
Sharon is a native of Vermont, raised her family in Maine and currently lives in New Hampshire with her husband. She has three adult children, a son and daughter who live in Portland, and a son who lives in San Francisco. Her passion is spending time with her family. She is a Volunteer Master Gardener with UNH Cooperative Extension, and has worked as a disaster relief volunteer in Biloxi and New Orleans. She enjoys music, oceans and rivers, yoga, hiking, motorcycles and scuba diving.