Shara Venezia-Walerstein is an experienced mass tort litigator and coordinating attorney. She has unique expertise and case management skills in leading complex tort litigation, with knowledge of both federal and state MDL proceedings. In this specialized role, Shara oversees multifaceted MDLs from start to finish, leading the joint defense strategy and communications to ensure consistency and coordination among national counsel. She has played a critical role in developing and administering multiple high-profile mass tort settlements.
Shara also has nearly a decade of experience as a litigator in the white collar criminal defense and corporate investigations practice. She is a trusted advisor to pharmaceutical and medical device companies and their executives and employees, financial institutions, and health care organizations involved in regulatory, enforcement, and compliance matters.
Shara has represented individuals and companies in corporate internal investigations and criminal and regulatory matters, including investigations by the Department of Justice, the New York Attorney General, state attorneys general in multidistrict litigation, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and other financial regulatory organizations.
Shara is also actively involved in O’Melveny’s pro bono practice. She represents clients in criminal and civil matters in federal court and in immigration proceedings.