Nationally recognized attorney and author Sharon Eubanks joined the Bordas & Bordas team in July 2015. She focuses on complex civil litigation.
In 2000, Eubanks served as lead counsel on behalf of the United States in United States v. Phillip Morris USA, et al., - the federal tobacco litigation. This was the largest civil Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) enforcement action ever filed. Following the nine-month trial, it was determined by the federal district court that the major U.S. cigarette companies violated the civil provisions of RICO and committed fraud. The Court ordered the companies to change their business tactics, especially in the areas of advertising and marketing. The trial court’s decision was upheld on appeal to the D.C. Circuit. Eubanks also co-authored “Bad Acts: The Racketeering Case Against the Tobacco Industry,” an insider account of the federal tobacco litigation that led to the landmark decision.
Eubanks came to Bordas & Bordas from Edwards Kirby in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining Edwards Kirby, Eubanks was a partner in the firm Edwards & Eubanks. She co-founded the firm with Cate Edwards.
Eubanks began her legal career in 1980 with the Federal Trade Commission where she handled antitrust cases. In 1983, she joined the U. S. Department of Justice and served as deputy director of the commercial litigation branch from 1992-1999. While at the D.C. law firm of Holland & Knight from 2007-2009, Eubanks worked exclusively on pro bono matters and in 2009, she joined a civil litigation boutique firm in Washington representing plaintiffs in wage and hour, lead poisoning, medical malpractice and employment discrimination cases. She was part of a legal team that represented more than 6,000 women claiming gender and pregnancy discrimination in Velez v. Novartis and secured a $253 million judgment for the plaintiffs – the largest employment verdict in a gender discrimination case in U.S. history.
Eubanks has discussed her work on several nationally televised programs including Hardball with Chris Matthews, Fox News Sunday, The CBS Evening News and Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer. She also has been a guest on radio programs including the Rachel Maddow Show on Air America and several National Public Radio programs. Eubanks was also featured in the 2011 documentary film, “Addiction Incorporated.” Eubanks has been the recipient of many awards for her work.
In addition to her time in the courtroom, Eubanks speaks on litigation topics, civil rights and public health issues. As an adjunct professor, she has taught trial advocacy at George Washington University School of law and has worked as an instructor for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA). Eubanks serves as a member of the board and an officer of Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights and is a member of the advisory committee for the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education at the University of California, San Francisco.
Eubanks is a 1976 cum laude graduate of Mississippi State University and earned her Juris Doctor in 1980 from Georgetown University Law Center.