Sharon Schmidt joined Oblin in 2019 as an attorney within the Firm’s International Arbitration Practice, focusing on international commercial and investment arbitration. With experience that spans across a wide range of industries, she represents international corporations and state-entities by combining an academically rigorous approach to law with her knowledge of working in different legal jurisdictions. Sharon has a proven track record of providing quality technical advice, timely delivery and commercial acumen, all focused on helping clients meet the challenges that arise from complex, high-profile legislation and developing case law.
Sharon previously acted on behalf of the Legal Service of the European Parliament (Brussels), providing legal assistance to its political bodies and Secretariat, representing the Unit for External Relations at committee meetings and offering legal advice to Members of Parliament on legislative matters. She also served as Consultant at the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation Office of Legal Affairs. Before joining Oblin, her legal experience included working for the Special Litigation Division of the Connecticut Attorney General’s Office and acting as a Judicial Assistant to Lord Justice Henderson at the Court of Appeal (Royal Court of Justice) of England and Wales.
Sharon holds a LL.M. from the London School of Economics and a LL.B. from the University of Kent (Canterbury), where she was an Editor and Co-Founder of the Kent Student Law Review and recipient of the Routledge Taylor & Francis Law Prize as well as multiple Faculty of Social Sciences Prizes. She is passionate about advocating for criminal justice reform and has been engaged in the Gray’s Inn Vocalise program. Her commitment to pro bono work, is a core value of her legal practice as demonstrated by her prior engagements with the Kent Law Clinic and the Blackfriars Settlement Legal Advice Clinic. Sharon has also been called to the Bar of England and Wales by Lincoln’s Inn as a barrister-at-law.
German, English, French
- Staying Ahead Of The Curve And Moving Beyond Third-party Funding To Make Pursuing Construction Disputes Financially Viable In A World With COVID-19 (Mondaq)
- Arbitration In Times Of Covid-19: An Austrian Perspective (Mondaq)
- Schrems vs. Facebook: An Update (Mondaq)
- EU Directives, Legislative Amendments and Changes to the Rules for Registering Ultimate Beneficial Owners in Austria (International Bar Association)
- Austria: Developments in Arbitration (International Bar Association)
- Austria, EU privacy and the ongoing Schrems v Facebook case (International Law Office)
- Fairness and Impartiality (IRGLOBAL VIRTUAL SERIES)
- Iranian inheritance law and Austrian public policy (International Law Office)