Sharon Israel is a Partner with Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP. She is an accomplished litigation attorney who focuses her practice on intellectual property law, with an emphasis on patent litigation. She has represented IP clients before trial and appellate courts, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the International Trade Commission. She also is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation; the Texas Bar Foundation; the Houston Bar Foundation; and the American Intellectual Property Law Association. Sharon has litigated patents related to a variety of industries and technologies, including wireless communications, oilfield equipment, consumer electronics, chemicals, and medical devices. She is a frequent speaker and writer on IP-related topics and has served in leadership roles in numerous organizations, including the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), the State Bar of Texas Intellectual Property Law Section, the Houston Intellectual Property Law Association, and the Federal Circuit Bar Association. She is a past President of the AIPLA and currently serves on the Council for the American Bar Association Intellectual Property Law Section. Before joining Shook, Sharon was a partner with the Houston office of Mayer Brown LLP. An MIT graduate, she was an engineer for General Electric before entering law school.