Ron Sharrow was born and educated in in Maryland. He attended the Baltimore City College, The University of Maryland and earned his law degree at the University of Baltimore School of Law. His Baltimore law firm, established in 1965, has represented clients in both criminal and civil cases for more than forty years.
Ron was one of the three lawyers in the country who pioneered the concept of legal clinics which championed readily available and affordable legal services from store-front law offices throughout the United States. By the end of 1977, he had established 20 legal clinic offices in 8 states on the East Coast.
His involvement in that movement led to a lawsuit he filed against the Maryland State Bar Association for violation of his First Amendment right to freedom of speech. The organized bar, as it had done for more than 100 hundred years, enforced its legislated ban against professional advertising and refused to grant him permission to advertise the availability of the legal clinics' services.
The constitutional issue raised in that case made its way through the Federal Court system and was resolved favorably by the United States Supreme Court in the summer of 1977.
Ron Sharrow became the first lawyer to advertise his services on television. Among his other achievements, he argued two landmark cases before the Maryland Court of Appeals which established precedents in the fields of Medical Malpractice and Contract Law.
In the early years of his career, he handled cases in various fields of law. Although his personal favorites were the criminal cases, he eventually narrowed the emphasis of his practice to personal injury litigation. His firm was among the largest personal injury practices in the State of Maryland. By 1988, it had represented in excess of 12,000 clients.
Throughout the years during which he was actively engaged in his law practice, Ron kept a journal into which he scribbled notes of the funny things people said to him…the malapropos and the preposterous situations people got themselves into.
He attributes the maintenance of his sanity to a keen sense of humor which triggered his observation of the humorous side of most situations. It was the humor he chronicled in that journal which led him to the decision to memorialize these stories in The Full Moon Diary (a work in progress) and the series of Bruce West novels.
Since he retired from active practice in 1998 he, with his wife, Beth and their pet Maltese, Trinket divide their time between their home in Palm Desert, California and their Central Park apartment in New York City.
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