William J. Sharp & Associates
Attorneys at Law


Houston, Texas

About Us:

William J. Sharp        

William J. Sharp (Bill) has been a healthcare defense trial lawyer in Texas since 1988. His practice emphasizes defense of medical malpractice, hospital, and nursing home claims in state and federal courts. Bill has been an insurance defense trial lawyer since 1985, with appearances in Texas and Louisiana state district, appellate, and Supreme Courts, and U.S. District Court, trying numerous trials to judgment, involving products liability, premises liability, and virtually all areas of personal injury defense.

Bill is licensed to practice law in both Texas and Louisiana. He is additionally Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial law by the State Bar of Texas, and is a member of the Texas Association of Civil Trial and Appellate Specialists. He has maintained membership in the College of the State Bar of Texas since 1998. He is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell, its highest rating.

Bill has been involved in health care risk management in the Houston area for over 10 years. He is a past president of the Greater Houston Society for Healthcare Risk Management and remains an active member. Apart from his day-to-day practice in advising physicians and health care providers in litigation matters he is a frequent speaker on topics involving medical malpractice prevention and litigation.

- Appellate Law Clerk, First Circuit Court of Appeals, Baton Rouge, LA, 1983-1985
- Gold, Weems, Bruser Law Firm, Alexandria, LA 1985-1987
- Cook, Davis & McFall, Houston, TX 1988-1990
- Ellis & Associates, Houston, TX, 1990-1992
- William J. Sharp & Associates, Houston, TX, 1992 - present

- Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1995
    - Re-certified, 2000-2005; 2005-2010
- Member, College of the State Bar of Texas, 1998 - present
- Author, Sharp's Texas Med Mal Update, monthly newsletter, January 1998-present
- "AV" Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

BAR ADMISSIONS
Texas - November 10, 1988
Louisiana - October 7, 1983
U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, USDC Southern District of Texas, USDC Eastern District of Texas,
    USDC Western District of Louisiana

EDUCATION
    -Legal: Louisiana State University, J.D. 1983;
    -Louisiana Law Review, 1981-1983
    -Undergraduate: Louisiana State University, B.S. in Gen. Business Administration (Economics minor) 1980

PERSONAL & COMMUNITY
- Married with three children, ages 22, 19, and 15
- Founding Member, St. Vincent DePaul Parish Family Guild, St. Ignatius of Loyola
- Volunteer Youth Sports Coach (football, basketball, baseball, softball)
- Active member of St. Vincent DePaul Parish and school Dad's Club

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

Texas Association of Civil Trial and Appellate Specialists, 2004-present.
Greater Houston Society for Healthcare Risk Management (GHSHRM), 1989 - present
- Board of Directors, 1996-1999
- President, 1998
Texas Association of Defense Counsel, 1988 - present
- Nominating Committee, 2007
Defense Research Institute, 1986 - present
- Medical Professional Liability Committee, 1996-present
- Insurance Law Committee, 1996-present
Texas State Bar Association, 1988 - present
- Member, Health Law Section, 1989 - present
- Member, Litigation Section, 1992 - present
Houston Bar Association
- Member, Health Law Section, 1999-present
- Member, Litigation Section, 1989 - present
- Member, Physicians/Attorneys Interprof. Relations Committee, 1988 - 1991, 2000
- Member, Speakers' Bureau Committee, 1990-1991, 2000, 2005
- Member, Membership Committee, 1993-1994
- Louisiana State Bar Association, 1983 - present
Texas Bar Foundation, 1995 - present (Life Fellow)