• Biography

    Jan Sharry has been recognized by Chambers USA, Chambers & Partners, 2008-2017, as a leading corporate securities and mergers and acquisitions lawyer. Over the course of her distinguished career, Jan has served as a trusted advisor to numerous corporations (public and privately held) and private equity firms navigating complex multi-national transactions and capital raises. For more than 35 years, her straightforward, common sense approach to difficult negotiations and legal issues has provided executives and their boards with creative and workable solutions aimed at achieving timely, cost-effective results.

    Whether Jan is negotiating large transactions for companies such as American Airlines Group, Inc., WhiteWave Foods or Rise Energy, advising a Board of Directors or one of its committees on fiduciary duty or conflicts issues, assisting in an initial public offering for companies such as Matador Resources Corporation, providing counsel for the issuance of new debt or equity securities, advising public companies on their SEC filings and press releases, counseling companies dealing with disgruntled shareholders, or assisting private equity firms in their acquisition, divestiture or restructurings of portfolio companies, Jan is regularly sought after by clients seeking guidance on some of their most important matters and transactions.

    Jan’s value to her clients is evident in the way she approaches their matters. Jan recognizes that project management and communication skills are essential in delivering the best possible work product to clients at the lowest possible price point. Jan is never interested in promoting a viewpoint or position that does not further the end result desired by her clients. As a result, Jan knows that the first step in any successful representation is to listen to clients in order to gain an understanding of their goals and strategy. Armed with this understanding, Jan is able to devise a plan and a team tailored to meet a client’s particular business needs and objectives. Once a plan is formulated, Jan communicates frequently with her clients in order to make any necessary adjustments to strategy and approach called for by the situation.

    Jan’s legal talents are bolstered by her impressive resume of experience across a wide array of industries including experience in the energy, aviation, healthcare and food industries. Jan’s experience includes work on many transactions having a value in excess of $1.0 billion and others which involve crisis situations or “bet the company” type issues. Not surprisingly, Jan is well-known by many in the C-suite and on the Boards of some of the country’s most successful businesses. Jan’s experience with the issues faced by these businesses has made Jan a sought after author and speaker on issues such as crisis management, negotiating tactics, achieving win-win situations, women in the boardroom, and issues relating to fiduciary duties and securities compliance. Jan is also a frequent contributor to the Huffington Post on leadership issues.

    Outside of the firm, Jan is an active member of the Executive Women’s Roundtable (having served as their chair for a number of years) and serves on the Steering Committee of the Women of Tocqueville for the United Way and the Executive Leadership Team for the Go Red for Women Luncheon. Jan also currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Dallas Women’s Foundation, is the Chair of the Dallas chapter of the International Women’s Forum, and serves on the Board of Trustees at Knox College.

  • Education and Clerkships

    • J.D. , Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law , 1977 , magna cum laude; Order of the Coif; Research Editor, Southwestern Law Journal
    • B.A. , Knox College , 1973 , cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa
  • Admissions

    • Texas