ELLIS A. “Sandy” SHARP has practiced law since 1976. He has extensive experience in the area of insurance defense practice including commercial litigation, workers’ compensation, personal injury, tort claims, employment law, premises liability, product liability and transportation industry claims and construction law. Mr. Sharp has given numerous seminars and teaching sessions to his clients regarding commercial issues, workers’ compensation, ADA claims and employment issues. Mr. Sharp has extensive trial experience successfully defending numerous catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases. Mr. Sharp’s practice includes business law and contract negotiations. His areas of expertise also include the investigation and litigation of directors’ and officers’ claims, financial institution fidelity bond claims, accountants liability claims, and agency malpractice claims. Mr. Sharp was lead co-counsel on behalf of the FDIC in a series of fidelity bond claims. For the first time in a Tennessee federal district court forum, Mr. Sharp convinced the court and jury, that a federal common law bad faith claim was viable, and the jury awarded $3.5 million on that claim. The remaining bond claims were negotiated and settled for approximately $26 million. Mr. Sharp also represented the FDIC in several directors’ and officers’ lawsuits that yielded the FDIC in excess of $12 million. Mr. Sharp was lead counsel in an investigation of professional liability claims involving a large multi-bank holding company in Texas. Mr. Sharp, as lead counsel, settled a $100 million lender liability action pending in Charleston, South Carolina.
Mr. Sharp is currently lead defense counsel in East Tennessee for a major insurance carrier that primarily underwrites commercial and personal lines. He is also lead defense counsel for a major product manufacturer in a nationwide class action lawsuit currently pending in the State of Tennessee.
Mr. Sharp represents clients on administrative law issues, taxation, and licensing issues, particularly liquor license acquisitions. From 1977 to 1979 Mr. Sharp served as City Attorney for the City of Knoxville, from 1979 to 1980 as deputy general counsel for the Department of Revenue and from 1980 to 1983 as director of the Miscellaneous Tax Division for the Department of Revenue for the State of Tennessee.
Mr. Sharp is a former 13 year shareholder with the firm of Lewis, King, Krieg, Waldrop & Catron, P.C. He attended the University of Florida on a basketball scholarship and received his law degree in 1976 from the University of Tennessee.