Sharon Angelino focuses her practice on complex insurance coverage, professional liability, commercial litigation, and general corporate law.

A leader of the GIS New York Team, Sharon has more than 20 years of insurance coverage experience in both first-party and third-party claims. She has reviewed coverage issues in New York as well as throughout the Northeast, and she has served as national coverage counsel monitoring exposure and coverage issues for toxic tort claims for London insurers. She has served as coverage counsel to numerous underwriters and has a deep and nuanced understanding of their relationships with insurers in the Lloyds of London market and with London and U.S. brokers.

Sharon has extensive experience with matters involving a wide range of insurance coverage areas, including general liability, additional insured status, excess liability, bad faith, reinsurance, toxic tort issues, errors and omissions liability, pollution and environmental claims, disability policies and health care policies. In the area of directors and officers liability, she has handled both coverage and defense matters. Additionally, she is experienced in managing run-off accounts and is well versed in the unique business challenges they present as well as mandates for dealing with run-off claims in litigation.

Sharon regularly assists the firm’s corporate clients by reviewing quotes and insurance programs for purposes of identifying risk management protocols and gaps in coverage. She also conducts training sessions related to complying with contractual insurance requirements, maintaining appropriate insurance documentation and tendering to insurers. A New York State-certified insurance instructor, Sharon is a frequent presenter of insurance-related continuing education (CE) seminars.

In addition, Sharon has successfully defended professional liability claims, including claims against attorneys, insurance agents and brokers, financial professionals, architects, engineers, and medical providers. 

Before becoming a lawyer, Sharon earned a bachelor's degree in biochemistry and an M.B.A., then worked for several years in the health care industry. Her unique blend of knowledge and experience gives her an exceptionally high degree of understanding regarding some of the most complex challenges facing her clients.

  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating: AV Preeminent
  • Business First's Who's Who in Law
  • Upstate New York Super Lawyers, 2008–18
  • Super Lawyers, Corporate Counsel Edition
Professional Affiliations
  • Defense Research Institute: Commercial Litigation, Insurance Law, Lawyers' Professionalism & Ethics and Medical Liability Committees
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Defense Trial Lawyers Association: Board of Directors
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)
Admitted to Practice
  • New York
  • U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Northern, Southern, and Western Districts of New York
Civic Activities
  • Former Officer, Rebuilding Together of Greater Buffalo
  • Former Chair, Older Adult Driver Rehabilitation Program Steering Committee
  • State University of New York at Buffalo Law School, J.D. 1994 
  • Canisius College, M.B.A., 1989 (Outstanding M.B.A. Student Award)
  • Canisius College, B.A., summa cum laude, 1987
  • Presenter, "Construction Site Accidents: Law and Insurance," Brown & Brown Lunch and Learn, June 19, 2018
  • Presenter, "Minimizing Bad Faith Insurance Risks in First-Party Property Claims," Strafford Webinar, December 12, 2017
  • Quoted in “After Sandy, NY Insurers May Lose Favored Litigation Tool,”Law360, May 21, 2013
  • Quoted in “Sandy Insurance Bill a Gift for Plaintiffs Bar,”Law360, March 12, 2013
  • Co-Author, “Asset Managers Do Not Owe Fiduciary Duty to Note Holders,” Chartis Legal Insights, Fall 2012
  • Co-Author, "The Devil's In the Details: Practical Consequences of Medical Malpractice Reform," International Claim Association, Winter 2009/2010
  • Co-Author, "The Growing Authority of Arbitrators Under the Federal Arbitration Act," PLUS Journal, July 2009
  • Presenter, "Additional Insured Issues," 2008 Law School for Claims Professionals Seminar, NYSBA, September 2008
  • Presenter, "Additional Insured Endorsement - How Much Trouble Can an Insurer Get Into for $100?," NYSBA seminar entitled, "Can the Commercial General Liability Policy Survive?," May 2008
  • Co-Author, "The Unsettling Nature of 'Right to Consent' Provisions," Mealey's Emerging Insurance Disputes, May 2008
  • Co-Author, "When is an Insurer Entitled to Reimbursement of Defense Costs from its Insured?," Mealey's Emerging Insurance Disputes, January 2008