Kavita Sharma Esq.
KAVITA SHARMA spearheads the General Litigation Department at the firm and her practice focuses on litigation of residential property disputes including landlord/tenant, partition, fair housing/discrimination, easement, non-disclosure and HOA litigation. Kavita also serves as litigation counsel to a nationwide underwriting corporation.
Since 2013, Kavita has been an update author for the CEB California Landlord-Tenant Practice Guide. She has spoken on numerous MCLE programs for the State Bar including most recently "Wrongful Eviction Revisited" at the State Bar Annual Meeting in 2014 and "Real Estate Broker Law Legal Update" at the State Bar Offices in 2015. She has also given landlord/tenant seminars to brokers, property managers and owners.
Kavita currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Real Property Law Section of the State Bar. Prior to serving on the Executive Committee, Kavita served as the Residential Landlord/Tenant Subsection Chair from October 2011-2013. From 2006- 2011, Kavita volunteered in representing low income, elderly and disabled tenants facing eviction through the Volunteer Legal Services Program of the Bar Association of San Francisco (currently the Justice & Diversity Center).
Kavita graduated from U.C. Hastings School of Law. While in law school she worked as a judicial extern to the Honorable Susan Illston, Judge. U.S. District Court (North. Dist. CA). She also published an article for law review on the ownership of foreign archaeological artifacts entitled "From the Mayan Machaquila Stele to Egyptian Pharaoh Amenhotep's Head: United States Courts' Enforcement of National Patrimony Laws after United States v. Schultz which incorporated some of her archaeological experiences in Kenya where she grew up.
Areas of Practice
- Real Estate Litigation
- Warranty Law
- 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
- California, 2005
- Illinois, 2006
- U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 2006
- University of California, Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, California
- J.D. - 2005
- Law Journal: Hastings Law Journal, Notes Editor; Staff, 2003 - 2005
- University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin
- B.A. - 2001
- Honors: With Honors
- Major: History and History of Science
- Interpreting the Anti-SLAPP Statute to Protect Landlords and Tenants, Harsh Result of Wallace v. McCubbin, 30(4) Cal. Real Property Journal, 2012
- Update Author for California Landlord-Tenant Practice, Chapter 2-Fair Housing Considerations (CEB 2nd Ed. March 2014)
- Reconsidering Wrongful Eviction After Anti-SLAPP , Cal. Real Property Journal (State Bar of California), 33(2), 2015
- Interpreting the Anti-SLAPP Statute to Protect Landlords and Tenants: Avoiding the Harsh Results of Wallace v. McCubbin , Cal. Real Property Journal (State Bar of California), 30(4), 2012
- From the Mayan Machaquila Stele to Egyptian Pharaoh Amenhotep's Head: United States Courts' Enforcement of Foreign National Patrimony Laws After United States v. Schultz , 56 Hastings L.J. 749, 56(4), 2005
- Strategies and Classic Mistakes for Commercial and Residential Lease Workouts, From Tenant and Landlord Perspectives, State Bar Annual Meeting, October 2012
- Can your Client Realistically Expect to Be Awarded All Their Attorney Fees? – Crucial Tips on How to Obtain Favorable Attorney Fee Awards in Real Property Disputes, Real Property Law Section of the State Bar, Annual Retreat, 2015 - Present
- Real Estate Broker Law Legal Update, Real Property Law Section of the State Bar, 2015 - Present
- Wrongful Eviction Revisited, State Bar of California Annual Meeting, 2014 - Present
- Drafting and Responding to Eviction Notices – How to Win or Lose on Demurrer/Summary Judgment, Real Property Law Section of the State Bar, Annual Retreat, 2014 - Present
- Update on 2014 Real Estate and Landlord/Tenant Laws, Real Property Section of the State Bar of California and Professional Property Management Association of San Francisco, 2014 - Present
- Recent trends in Landlord-Tenant law: The Rise of Ellis Act evictions in San Francisco, and accommodating Tenant Claims of Disability, Small Property Owners of San Francisco Institute, 2013 - Present
- Selected ADA issues in Residential Tenancies – What Does “Reasonable Accommodation” Mean?, Real Property Law Section of the State Bar, Annual Retreat, 2013 - Present
- How Can Existing Law Help Interpret the Anti-SLAPP Statute to both Protect Landlords and Tenants: Addressing the Dilemma Postulated by the Court of Appeal in Wallace v. McCubbin, Real Property Law Section of the State Bar, 2012 - Present
Honors and Awards
- Morning Star Award, Real Property Law Section, State Bar of California, 2015 - Present
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Real Property Law Section, State Bar of California, Executive Committee Member, 2013 - 2016
Past Employment Positions
- Goldstein, Gellman, Melbostad, Harris & McSparran, Associate, 2007 - 2009
Pro Bono Activities
- Housing Negotiation Project, Justice and Diversity Center, Volunteer Attorney, 2006 - 2011