Shari started her legal career as an insurance coverage attorney at a boutique law firm in Downtown Manhattan in the 1990s. She later moved over to an insurance company where she managed litigation involving complex mass tort lawsuits and class actions for Fortune 500 insured clients for fifteen years. It was during this time Shari decided to take a leap of faith, and pursue her dream: she went back to graduate school to study forensic psychology, including advanced jury research and science.
Her passion is the study of human behavior, cognitive biases, and decision making and its effects in litigation and at trial. Working in trial consulting and litigation strategy has been a dream fulfilled. She has been able to share her expertise on the intersection of law and psychology by advising and assisting clients in using social psychology to achieve favorable litigation outcomes.
"Some of the most rewarding experiences in litigation consulting is the time I spend researching, writing, and giving presentations, podcasts, and webinars educating my audience how they can harness the power of psychology in litigation. I pride my presentations on being innovative, creative, and exciting.
I devote my free time to raising funds for a non-profit organization, Experience Camps which are free one-week camps for boys and girls who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling or primary caregiver. It is a place where kids can laugh, cry, play, create, remember the person who died, or forget the grief that weighs them down. I am also actively involved with my law school alumni board at NYLS."
"I had the pleasure of getting to know Shari when we worked together on a litigation several years ago. I always had great admiration for her professional background, a lawyer, with vast insurance industry knowledge, who later followed her dream and returned to graduate school to study psychology/jury research. Watching Shari present is both a memorable and a mesmerizing experience. Shari can take a complicated fact or legal pattern, break it into digestible parts and make it interesting for her audience. Further, Shari is a person of great integrity, who I have grown to trust implicitly."
- Salvatore J. Calabrese,
General Counsel Hillmann Consulting LLC