Sarah Shields Attorney Profile on UpCounsel
Sarah Shields

Sarah Shields

Attorney at Law

Seattle
Washington
Licensed in
CA, WA
Stanford Law School
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With over 30 years of experience in analysis, research, writing, oral advocacy, negotiations and strategic advice, I bring the experience and savvy to handle a wide variety of matters, especially with respect to commercial and litigation -related contracts and insurance. Most of my matters have involved claims in the millions up to the billions of dollars and involve reporting to the highest levels of management, yet I still enjoy working on smaller cases and treat all matters with the same care and responsiveness I bring to the largest. I am currently outside general counsel to a conservation startup, providing advice on regulations,… read more contracts, insurance and overall strategy.
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"I am writing to recommend my colleague with whom I have worked for many years. Sarah is a knowledgeable, resourceful attorney who is always meticulously well prepared. Her research skills are excellent and she is creative in adapting to varied audiences and environments. As manager of an asbestos litigation office and as vice president of an asbestos, pollution and mass tort area of a major insurance company, I have observed her work in many capacities, including presentations for board members and staff, court appearances and the like. Sarah traveled with me often to participate in negotiating multi-million dollar settlements. Many of these situations were high profile and contentious. Besides her technical skills, Sarah is a good listener and able to be a pleasant and savvy advocate in difficult circumstances."

Over 15 years of providing strategic analysis and litigation planning and management, research, writing and advising management of a major insurance company in the area of environmental and mass tort claims
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"I am pleased to be able to recommend Sarah Shields for a position with your law firm or legal department. I have known and worked with Sarah since approximately 2002, when I became in-house counsel for CNA Insurance managing declaratory judgment actions involving asbestos, pollution and mass tort claims. I have worked with her on various matters over the years, continuing with my current position as AVP / Associate General Counsel with Resolute Management Inc. (which now administers CNA 's legacy asbestos and pollution claims). During that time Sarah has demonstrated an impressive depth of knowledge of complex long-tail coverage issues through her effective handling of some of the company's largest exposures. Her negotiation skills, which have always been formidable, most recently facilitated resolution of a matter for us in the earliest stages of litigation. Sarah is also a joy to work with and has always provided excellent client service. I encourage you to strongly consider Sarah for employment with your organization."

Over 10 years work on complex research, writing, counseling, negotiations and litigation strategy and management for major insurer
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Work History

Law Office of Sarah M. Shields

Principal

Jun 2016 - Present

I started my own firm with an emphasis (although not exclusively) on environmentally and socially conscious companies and organizations.

Jun 2016 - Present

Hardshell Labs, Inc.

Of Counsel

Aug 2015 - Present

I perform analysis, research, writing and counseling the founder of this conservation startup. In particular, most of my work involves regulatory matters and contracts. I also advise regarding business strategies and insurance issues.

Aug 2015 - Present

Betts Patterson Mines

Of Counsel, Director

Feb 2012 - Nov 2014

I performed litigation tasks, analysis, research, writing, litigation strategic planning and litigation management related to environmental and mass tort claims at this 35 attorney Seattle law firm. The clients for which I worked were predominantly the companies that took over the environmental and mass tort claims of the large insurer that had previously been my client.

Feb 2012 - Nov 2014

Colliau, Elenius, Murphy, Carluccio, Keener & Morrow

Director and Managing Attorney for Environmental and Mass Tort Claims

Jan 2001 - Oct 2010

At this major insurance company captive law firm I performed analysis, research, writing, litigation management and directing of insurer's strategic claims unit for environmental and mass tort claims. My position ended when the company reinsured its mass tort and environmental claims with another entity and the company was no longer liable for these claims.

Jan 2001 - Oct 2010

Caroll, Burdick & McDonough

Associate, Income Partner, Equity Partner

Sep 1984 - Jan 2008

Litigation, appellate and complex insurance coverage practice at 75 attorney San Francisco firm. (Firm acquired by large firm in 2015.) I specialized in research, writing, and litigation strategy and management.

Sep 1984 - Jan 2008

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