I like being a lawyer because, at bottom, I like interacting with people and solving their problems. My current practice offers me sophisticated clients with oftentimes sophisticated problems. I enjoy providing them advice and counsel on how to resolve those problems and prevent them from arising in the future.
Dhruv Sharma is a Member in the Commercial Litigation practice group. Based in the firm’s Irvine office, Dhruv primarily represents banking and other financial institutions in consumer financial services litigation. He also defends creditors’ rights in bankruptcy proceedings, represents businesses in contractual disputes and general commercial litigation, and provides advice and representation on immigration matters.
Although his day-to-day responsibilities include the fundamentals of all litigation – negotiation, discovery, oral argument, motion practice, client communication, and trial preparation – Dhruv focuses on the big-picture impact of litigation on his clients. This means, above all, taking the time to understand their business priorities and focusing on the development of a litigation strategy that best accounts for those priorities. Litigation, as Dhruv sees it, presents means to achieve or address larger business goals, and is not necessarily an end in itself.
A self-described “problem preventer”, Dhruv is a strong writer, negotiator, and litigator who translates the issues that arise in a lawsuit into operational recommendations to his clients whenever he can. In addition to being an advocate, he strives to add value to his client by helping them map out policy changes that will prevent similar situations in the future. If he sees something operationally missing or out of compliance, he’ll make recommendations or suggestions to address them.
As a professional, Dhruv absolutely prioritizes the needs of his clients, be it in developing and pursuing a complex litigation strategy, or simply being available for a phone call. To the greatest extent possible, he is a true trusted advisor who combines accessibility with a dedication to his clients’ goals above all else. He also brings a uniquely multicultural perspective to his work. Having lived abroad in India and Canada, cumulatively for about half his life, he offers a unique, cross-cultural approach that is particularly valuable for his international clients.