Mr. Shartsis co-founded the San Francisco law firm of Shartsis Friese LLP in 1975. The 63 lawyer firm, comprised of top graduates from top law schools, conducts a general business practice, with specialties in litigation, securities, general corporate law, investment and brokerage services, real estate, estate planning and taxation. Mr. Shartsis is the senior manager of the firm. The firm’s web site is at

Mr. Shartsis specializes in complex litigation, including general business disputes, securities, financial institutions, intellectual property, fiduciary, antitrust and construction litigation. He has tried cases in state and federal courts, before judges and juries, and in arbitration. He has appeared in both federal and state appellate courts, including the California Supreme Court. Mr. Shartsis has litigated a number of cases involving claims for more than one billion dollars. He has also represented major law firms, federal and state court judges, a number of California Constitutional Officers (including the Governor), and the States of California and Hawaii.


Mr. Shartsis is the founding President of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers of Northern California, an organization of over 1,600 lawyers specializing in business litigation and trials. Mr. Shartsis has been listed in Best Lawyers in America since 1991. The Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal identified Mr. Shartsis in its special American Bar Association Convention Edition as one of the top 14 litigators in California. He has been named as one of the top 100 Northern California Super Lawyers. In 2004 he received the “Distinguished Jurisprudence Award” from the Anti-Defamation League, and in 2013 he received the Judge Learned Hand Award from the American Jewish Committee.

Mr. Shartsis has lectured widely on legal matters, having appeared on programs sponsored by PLI, CEB, The Rutter Group, CLE International, the California Judges Association, the Special Practice Institute of the Litigation Section of the American Bar Association, the American Bar Association Annual Meeting, the Association of Business Trial Lawyers, The American Lawyer, Thomson-Reuters, and the Construction Superconference. Mr. Shartsis has been the featured speaker in the Rutter Group’s bi-annual Northern California program on trial preparation and tactics. Mr. Shartsis has performed trial demonstrations, lectured on presenting and deposing expert witnesses, presented a program to judges on “cutting edge” evidence, and lectured on developments in alternative dispute resolution. Mr. Shartsis has presented numerous programs on the use of computerized trial graphics for simplifying jury presentations. Mr. Shartsis pioneered in training state and federal judges in modern settlement techniques. He has also published on a number of legal and professional matters, and is a leading authority on statutory buy-outs of shareholders of privately held companies.

Mr. Shartsis served as an elected director and president of the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART). He also served on the Executive Committee of the Mayor’s Task Force which helped restructure the San Francisco Municipal Railway public transit system.

Mr. Shartsis has been a founding member of a number of public organizations, including California Lawyers For The Arts, The Henry’s Fork Foundation, and The Center Stage Ticket Foundation. He has also served on the boards of the International House at U.C. Berkeley and the U.C. Berkeley Alumni Association, the Berkeley Law Alumni Association and was Co-Chair of the Berkeley Law Centennial.

Mr. Shartsis is the coach of the University of California mock trial program, one of the top college programs in the country.


Mr. Shartsis received an A.B. degree (with honors) from the University of California at Berkeley in 1967 (Valedictorian), pursued graduate studies at Oxford University in 1968 and graduated from U.C. Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) in 1971.


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