Gary Sharp



Gary Sharp is a partner at Foley Mansfield. As Chair of the Firm's Toxic Tort group, Gary splits his time between the Detroit and California offices.  With 30 years of civil trial experience, he focuses his practice on the defense of complex product liability and toxic tort cases.

Gary’s extensive trial experience in both State and Federal courts around the United States has resulted in successful outcomes for numerous product manufacturers, suppliers and distributors. Noted for his expertise in the trial of high profile cases, Gary was the lead defense counsel in a Wisconsin products case that was featured as one of the most significant defense verdicts of the year by the National Law Journal. Gary has been retained as National and Regional trial counsel for several companies and corporations sued as defendants in asbestos related litigation. He has tried asbestos cases to verdict in California, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, North Dakota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington, D.C. and Wisconsin. He has handled or supervised cases in almost all fifty States and the Territory of Guam.

He has been included in the Michigan Super Lawyers list by Law & Politics magazine, has been named a Top Lawyer by a Detroit business publication, and has achieved the highest possible Martindale-Hubbell rating for the highest level of legal ability and adherence to professional standards of conduct, ethics, reliability, and diligence.

Nationally recognized for trial strategies and the defense of medical claims in the toxic tort arena, Gary has taught seminars for defense counsel, in house counsel and insurance professionals across the country. He has been elected to the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) and the Litigation Counsel of America and is a member of the Defense Research Institute and the Litigation and Product Sections of the State Bars of California and Michigan.

Gary was a founder of the firm's Detroit office and served as its managing partner for 18 years, expanding Michigan operations significantly in both size and revenue.


Rated AV® Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell® Michigan Super Lawyers®, 2006-2018 Super Lawyers® Business Edition - Litigation - 2014 Best Lawyers in America, 2018-2023 - Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Best Lawyers in America, "Lawyer of the Year", 2023 - Product Liability Litigation - Defendants, Detroit


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Razor Sharp: Lawyer defends product liability, toxic tort cases. View/Listen The Detroit Legal News profiles Gary Sharp and his accomplishments defending companies across the nation.

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  • California; 
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California; U.S. District Court, Southern District of California 
  • Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit; U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit; U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  •  U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California; U.S. Supreme Court
  • Product Liability
  • Toxic Tort / Mass Tort
  • Western Michigan University Cooley Law School, 2005, LLM
  • Pepperdine University School of Law, 1984, JD; University of Arizona, 1981, BA, Political Science/Economics
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • California State Bar
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • Litigation Council of America, Senior Fellow; Michigan State Bar Association

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