Ms. Shartsis is one of the founding partners of Shartsis Friese LLP. She specializes in complex business litigation, including, contract disputes, business torts, unfair competition, antitrust, corporate and partnership disputes and banking and finance litigation. She has also represented employers in wrongful termination and discrimination cases. Her practice has included representation of financial institutions, manufacturing firms, partnerships, corporations and individuals. In 2003, she was named one of the Top 50 Women Litigators in California by the Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal and has been named a Northern California Super Lawyer in business litigation each year since 2004.

In the course of her practice, Ms. Shartsis counsels clients on antitrust and employment compliance matters. In addition, she has served as a party-appointed arbitrator in complex commercial cases and has also served as an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association in real estate, partnership and securities disputes.


A substantial portion of Ms. Shartsis’ practice has been in federal court. She is admitted to practice in the United States District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, and Central Districts of California as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth and Second Circuits and the United States Supreme Court. She served as a Lawyer Representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference from 1994 to 1997. She is also a contributing author of Federal Pretrial Civil Procedure in California published by LexisNexis (Matthew Bender). Her state court practice has included litigation in San Francisco, Marin, Alameda, Santa Clara, San Mateo and Contra Costa County Superior Courts.

Ms. Shartsis is a member of the Board of Governors of the Northern California Chapter of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers and currently serves as President. She is also on the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Legal Aid Society, Employment Law Center, and served as Chair of the Board from 2008 to 2010. She is a past Chair of the San Francisco Bar Association Litigation Section Executive Committee and served two terms on the Judiciary Committee. In addition, she is a member of the American Bar Association Litigation Section and a fellow of the American Bar Foundation. She has served on numerous panels on a variety of topics, including case management, arbitrator disclosure obligations and law practice issues.


Ms. Shartsis received an A.B. degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 1969 and a J.D. from the University’s Boalt Hall School of Law in 1972, where she was a member of the California Law Review.


Mary Jo Shartsis
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