Able Advocate & Nimble Practitioner

Unwavering commitment to excellence

The Law Offices of Elizabeth D. Sharp, P.C. offers clients unwavering commitment to excellence in commercial real estate law, business litigation, employment law, and business law. As an experienced attorney, Liz Sharp has a pragmatic, “get it done” attitude with an eye toward achieving her clients’ business goals.

Liz Sharp

Liz Sharp has practiced commercial law in Chicago for more than 38 years.

Liz Sharp has practiced commercial law in Chicago for more than 38 years. She represents business owners, business professionals, corporations, limited partnerships and limited liability companies. Her clients express great confidence in her abilities, and are thankful that their interests are being represented by a seasoned attorney, not an attorney in training.

Liz Sharp is a passionate advocate for her clients, both in and out of the courtroom. When confronted head-to-head with large commercial law firms or legions of in-house attorneys — those “David vs. Goliath” moments — Liz Sharp is an able advocate and nimble practitioner who goes to the mat for her client.


Love From Clients

“Liz is honest, principled, very intelligent and good at follow-through and attention to detail. She has handled many litigation matters for us over the years has become a valued friend in addition to being a great advocate.”

J.W., Commercial landlord

“In the age of “specialty” everything, it became seemingly impossible to find one attorney in the real estate arena that could handle all my needs from residential and commercial leases, landlord-tenant issues, lot line disputes, closings to all other realty issues. After an introduction to Liz Sharp, all my legal needs were managed by one formidable, fast and responsive attorney. With Liz in my arsenal, I’m ready for what comes next.”

P.H., Commercial and residential landlord

“Knowledgeable and experienced Liz has been a great asset in my various business dealings.”

R.B., Business and real estate owner

“We consulted Liz on an urgent matter where, almost overnight, she jumped into a complex, multi-year litigation. Liz was indispensable to our successful outcome.”

J.S., Co-counsel on complex multi-million dollar litigation matter

“Liz Sharp has represented our consulting firm for six years and we’re very happy with her professional and polished representation. Liz really listens to us as her client and tailors her advice to get the best outcome for us while addressing our concerns.”

L.S. and J.M, President and CFO of woman and minority-owned firm.

“Liz has provided timely, thoughtful, quality legal advice to our commercial mortgage banking company on a variety of matters. We have referred both our correspondent life insurance companies and major borrower clients to her for legal services, and all have been very pleased. She is truly a first rate attorney.”

K.V., President of major commercial mortgage banking group

“Liz Sharp is a caring and compassionate professional. She provided excellent leadership and legal advice as I navigated a new job negotiation and I continue to rely on her experience and expertise.”

E. H., Business executive

“For over 10 years, Liz has championed my woman-owned energy efficiency consulting company. She gives sound legal and business advice and has played an important role in our success.”

P.H., Owner of woman and minority-owned business

“Liz is an experienced commercial litigator and business lawyer, who has provided our company with excellent counsel and advise. I would absolutely recommend Liz to other business owners.”

C.W., Executive V.P. of large woman and minority-owned business

“We were very impressed with Liz Sharp, who was recommended as counsel to us on a multi-million dollar real estate transaction. Not only is she Sharp, but she is very thorough and responsive, as well. Definitely value added to the transaction.”

– J.V., counsel for lender on HUD insured loan

“Liz provided a quick turn-around, and excellent advice and negotiations on our retail lease. We are very pleased with the outcome.”

M.W., owner of women-owned retail business


  • Commercial building owners, landlords and tenants
  • Real estate developers, management companies and professionals
  • Lenders and borrowers on commercial real estate loans
  • Purchasers and sellers of commercial real estate
  • Small and medium sized-businesses, particularly women and minority-owned
  • Employees and employers concerning issues related to compensation, separation and employment agreements


Founded Private Practice in 2010

General Counsel, Scattered Corporation (1998 – 2010)

Partner, Freeborn & Peters (1984 – 1998)

Juris Doctor, University of Georgia (1983)

Bachelor of Arts in Government and French, Smith College (1980)

Bar Admissions

Illinois, 1984

Federal Trial Bar

United States Supreme Court

United States Court of Appeals, Seventh and Second Circuits

United States District Courts, Northern and Central Districts of Illinois

Professional Memberships

Illinois State Bar Association

Chicago Bar Association

7th Circuit Bar Association

National Association of Women Lawyers


AV® Preeminent™, The highest performance ratingin Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Rating system for lawyers

100 Women to Watch, Today’s Chicago Woman, July 2012

Civic Boards

Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, Board of Directors, 2008 to present; Women’s Board President, 2013-2015; Gala co-chair, 2008

The Field Museum, Board of Trustees, 2013 to 2019; Founder’s Council co-chair, 2013 to 2019; Women’s Board, 2009 to present

Smith College, Fund Team Coordinator, Class of 1980, 2000 to present

Dynamic | Responsive | Intuitive | Experienced | Pragmatic | Successful