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Senior University Counsel

Sharon Blau Hartley

Ms. Hartley received her B.A. degree with honors in Political Science from University of California, Berkeley in 1987, and in 1991, she received her J.D. degree from Hastings College of the Law where she was a member of the Constitutional Law Journal. Ms. Hartley joined the Office of General Counsel as Senior University Counsel in 2020. Her practice focuses on providing advice and counsel to medical staff leadership on issues including credentialing, peer review, Evidence Code 1157 protection, bylaws, rules and regulations. Ms. Hartley is also Administrative Director – Risk Management Legal Counsel for Stanford Health Care, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, ValleyCare and University HealthCare Alliance. Prior to joining the Office of General Counsel, she externed for Justice Marcel Poche at the Court of Appeals, practiced general litigation at a firm in San Francisco, worked in the law and motion department of the Alameda Superior Court, represented the Medical Board of California and Board of Psychology in administrative hearings as Deputy Attorney General in the Health Quality Enforcement Section and the Department of Corrections and other state agencies in state and federal court while in the Employment and Regulation section of the California Department of Justice. Ms. Hartley served as counsel and then Senior Counsel at The Permanente Medical Group, Inc. where she managed complex employment litigation, represented physicians appearing in front of the Medical Board of California, advised on physician employment, peer review, credentialing and other issues facing the medical group and medical staff. While at Kaiser Permanente, Ms. Hartley also served as HealthCare Ombudsman Mediator facilitating resolution among patients, families, physicians and staff following unanticipated adverse medical outcomes. Ms. Hartley is a member of the State Bar of California and the American Health Lawyers Association, as well as the American Society for Health Care Risk Management.