Laura Bellegie Sharp is a partner in The Sharp Firm in Austin. She and her husband law partner, Lance, have maintained a respected, diverse and successful civil litigation practice since 1997, earning an AV Martindale Hubble rating. Prior to that time, she practiced defense law as an associate with Ewbank & Byrom P.C. and Lea & Chamberlain. Laura and Lance are parents of two twenty-somethings, a son and a daughter.
I am proud to be part of our historic profession and honored to be nominated to work for the now 100,000 licensed Texas lawyers as your president-elect. Challenges and opportunities are plentiful. Here are my views on some issues I consider particularly pressing.
I am committed to all members of the State Bar maintaining their vote in self-regulation of our profession.
Communication is imperative and promotes transparency. Information about important legal issues and trends must be transmitted effectively to you, and your representatives must know your needs and opinions. Appropriate methods of communication, including social media, must meet your needs.
Excellent member benefits are married to the quality and delivery of legal services. I will work to improve and expand our member benefits, providing a pipeline of support to:
We must work to bridge the gap facing many Texans between their need for and ability to pay for legal services. I will continue focus on programs for access to justice, for veterans and for new attorneys to craft a productive practice serving this population.
There are 100,000 reasons why I want to serve for and with you to maintain and build the best state bar in the country. I ask for your support and vote.
Practice and Professionalism
Throughout her career, Laura has proven herself a strong and effective advocate on both sides of the aisle, earning respect for her legal skill, acumen, diligence, tenacity and professionalism. An innate love for solving complex problems informs her ability to envision a successful resolution of a problem and to develop a winning strategy and plan of implementation. Driven by the desire to do the best that can be done in every case, she is gratified by the appreciation of her clients for her dedication and compassion as well as her results. A frequent mock trial judge, Laura mentors law students and former students. Many young lawyers who have observed her high standards of practice and heard her counsel about the realities of practice and the essentials of professionalism consider Laura to be a role model.
Leading for the Right Reasons
Service to the bar is not a maybe or a sometime thing for Laura. She recalls asking her father, who served as president of both local hospitals and the medical association, why he was going to an evening event despite his fatigue after a long day of surgery. “Laura,” he said, “you have to give back to the profession that puts food on your table.”
Laura’s giving back takes different forms as needed. Doing the hard work, engaging others and building consensus, with or without a title, Laura leads by example. She has:
State Bar Service
Local Bar Service
National Bar Service
Recent Community Service
Texas is deep in the heart of Laura Bellegie Sharp. A fifth-generation Texan, she grew up in Waco with her older sister in a happy, social, and intellectually curious household. As a youngster, she often went with her surgeon father to the hospital and on hunting trips with his friends and their sons. For her sixteenth birthday, her parents’ gifts were pearls and a shotgun, appropriate accessories for a Texas girl. After graduating as valedictorian from high school, Laura studied math and science at Rice University for two years before shifting gears and going to the University of Texas as a history and economics major. Although she had no plans to be a lawyer, she took the LSAT at the urging of a friend. When she got to Baylor Law School, Laura says, “I finally found my people.” A semester in England clerking for barristers cemented her decision to be a litigator.