Practice area(s): Medical negligence
Location(s): Melbourne
Qualification(s): BSc (Psych), JD

Shari Liby is a Senior Associate in Maurice Blackburn’s medical negligence department in Melbourne. Shari is a Law Institute of Victoria Personal Injury Accredited Specialist who has more than 18 years’ experience as a personal injuries and medical negligence lawyer in the USA and Australia.

Shari graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Kansas State University in 1993, before going on to attain a Juris Doctorate degree with Honours at Washburn University School of Law in 1996. She then worked as a lawyer at a number of US firms through 2010, gaining significant experience as a litigator, legal counsellor and medico-legal researcher. Following a move to Australia in 2011, she was admitted to practice in Victoria, joining Maurice Blackburn in 2014.

Shari possesses substantial experience across a range of legal practices, with particular depth in the area of medical negligence. She currently manages birth trauma, compartment syndrome, delayed diagnosis, serious and catastrophic injury cases. It is this experience, together with her passion and empathy that she brings to her client cases. Shari’s close personal experience with medical negligence drives her commitment to ensuring the exceptional outcomes for her clients.

Regarding her commitment and passion towards achieving positive outcomes for her clients, Shari says, “I try to give emotional support to my clients, as well as answers to their questions. Having walked, to some extent, in their shoes, I am able to relate to my clients on a different level than someone who thankfully has not experienced the same kind of loss."

Shari likes to get involved in her local community and is a Board member of Wombat's Wish, an organisation that helps children who have lost a parent or caregiver.

Memberships & accreditations

  • Law Institute of Victoria Personal Injury Accredited Specialist 
  • Law Institute of Victoria member
  • Victoria Women Lawyers member
  • Colorado Bar Association member
  • Colorado Trial Lawyers Association member
  • Kansas Trial Lawyers Association member
  • American Association for Justice member
  • Sumner County Bar Association member
  • Wichita Bar Association member
  • Kansas Bar Association member
  • American Bar Association former member
  • Wombat's Wish Board member

LIV personal injury accredited specialist