Business and Corporate Law
Gary T. Shara  Attorney At Law (408) 294-3344
Professional Profile

Over 40 Years Legal Experience

Gary T. Shara was admitted to the State Bar of California in 1971 and the State Bar of Washington in 1988. He is licensed to practice before the California Supreme Court and Courts of Appeal, and the United States District Court for Nothern California and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal.

Broad Range of Business Legal Expertise

Mr. Shara has appeared as a guest lecturer on legal issues relating to business entities and has presented programs on business-legal topics relevant to the business owner or investor. He has served as an arbitrator/mediator in numerous matters involving business and citizen disputes and has served employee groups as a legal consultant. He has authored articles ranging from duty-of-care issues involving land occupiers to choice of business entities for the entrepreneur. For 15 years Mr. Shara hosted and produced a weekly cable TV program called Minding Your Business, where he and his guests addressed subjects of interest to the business owner, entrepreneur and general public.

  • State Bar of California, January 1971 to present
  • State Bar of Washington, June 1988 to December 2010
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association, January 1971 to present
Faculty Member
  • California State University Monterey Bay, 1999 to present
  • 2003/3004 Academic Year, "A Great Lecturer" award presented by the California Faculty Association
  • California State University Monterey Bay, 1996-1998
  • Speaker - "Law Day," and to various groups and organizations
Professional Associations
  • Martindale - Hubbell
  • Life Member, National Registry of Who's Who 1999
  • Chairman, Board of Directors, Better Business Bureau of Silicon Valley
  • Chairman, Better Business Bureau Annual E-Commerce Privacy and Ethics Summit
  • Board of Directors, The Salvation Army
  • University of Santa Clara Alumni Association
  • Mediator/Arbitrator Santa Clara County Judicial District
  • Board of Fellows Santa Clara University, 2010 to present
Community Activities
  • Volunteer, O'Connor Hospice
  • Volunteer, MidPeninsula/Pathways Hospice
  • Salvation Army
  • Rotary Club of San Jose
  • Host and Producer, cable TV interview show: Minding Your Business, 1996 - 2011
  • Board of Directors, Leo M. Shortino Family Foundation, 2009 to present
  • St. Francis High School, Mtn. View, CA, 1963
  • University of Santa Clara, B.S.C., 1967
  • University of Santa Clara, School of Law, J.D. cum laude, 1970
  • Baseball, handball, and golf
  • Three children and six grandchildren