Sharon Y. Eubanks
For the first 25 years of her career, Sharon Eubanks was a lawyer representing the people of the United States. She spent three years litigating antitrust cases at the Federal Trade Commission and 22 years at the U.S. Department of Justice. From 2000 to 2005 she served as lead counsel for the United States in the largest civil Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) enforcement action ever filed, United States v. Philip Morris, et al., the federal tobacco litigation. Following a nine-month trial, the federal district court found that the defendant tobacco companies committed fraud and were engaged in numerous racketeering activities in violation of federal law.
In October 2007, Eubanks began a new legal career as senior pro bono counsel with the D.C. law firm of Holland & Knight. As pro bono counsel, she has the opportunity to truly serve the public interest. She provides legal services to the poor who otherwise would not have legal representation. Currently, among other matters, she is working on prison litigation reform issues and representing detained children who are denied basic constitutional and civil rights during their imprisonment.
Eubanks earned her undergraduate degree from Mississippi State University and her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center. She has three daughters, one husband, a dog, and a tortoise. They live in McLean, Virginia.