Susan received the Trial Attorneys of New Jersey’s Trial Bar Award, the highest honor given to trial attorneys in New Jersey in 2018. She is consistently recognized by Chambers USA, Benchmark Litigation, and Best Lawyers in America as a leading lawyer in the area of Products Liability. According to Chambers USA:
"Susan Sharko is adept at handling large product liability disputes, in which she often represents pharmaceutical and medical device companies.’ "She's brilliant," enthuses a client, adding: "She's extremely experienced, and she's very purpose-driven and wise."
"Susan is ‘a brilliant strategist who puts together the strategy she wants people to execute and works very closely to make sure everyone is on the same page.’ She garners high praise for her strength in coordinating multidistrict litigation, and fields significant [experience] in complex pharmaceutical and medical device disputes."
"When you think of product cases, you think of Susan Sharko.’ She is ‘a great trial lawyer,’ and clients particularly appreciate her tenacity, explaining that ‘she is a really excellent lawyer who is tough, aggressive and knows her stuff. Plaintiff lawyers are afraid of her.’ Susan is a ‘great negotiator who understands the global implications any decision might have for a company.’"
"Susan Sharko is a ‘masterful tactician’ who acts as national coordinating counsel for leading companies in mass torts and MDLs across a wide range of sectors, including pharmaceuticals, medical devices and toxic torts." One client reports: "She uses resources efficiently to get to the right result. She absorbs all information and can find extra hours in the day."
Susan is a frequent author and speaker at conferences for both lawyers and the judiciary, and actively participates in the Bolch Judicial Institute at Duke Law School. She volunteers her time with RAICES (Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services), which promotes justice by providing free and low-cost legal services to underserved immigrant children, families and refugees in Central and South Texas.
She was a law clerk to the late New Jersey Supreme Court Justice Robert L. Clifford.
- New Jersey Supreme Court Board on Trial Attorney Certification (Past Chairperson)
- District X Fee Arbitration Committee (Past Chairperson)