The best attorney is one who can empathize with a client, and make that person feel as though they’re truly understood and supported. Shari Willis is one such attorney, and we’re proud to have her on board at Bachus & Schanker. In addition to her outstanding legal work, Shari is a tireless supporter of charities close to her heart. She fights for her clients, not only because they’ve been wronged, but as a result of her own personal experience.
Shari specializes in complex medical negligence (malpractice), catastrophic birth injuries, and birth trauma. She is able to relate especially well to parents whose infants suffer injury and trauma at birth. Her own daughter, Katlyn, passed away in 1996 at just seven months of age after being born with severe disabilities, and contracting a respiratory infection.
To honor her daughter’s memory, and to help other children born with similar challenges, Shari founded Katlyn’s Hope while living in Wichita, Kansas. The organization raised money which was used to help provide in-home training for children who were blind and deaf. Funds also went toward purchasing educational toys, glasses, and hearing aids, and to pay for families to travel to workshops and conferences that taught them how to cope with the disabilities their children had.
After a little more than a decade, Shari moved from Wichita to Denver, and was no longer able to dedicate the time necessary to continue managing Katlyn’s Hope. She donated more than $120,000 in assets from the organization to Challenge Aspen, which has a similar mission, but helps people in a wider age range, and with a wider range of disabilities.
Shari was recently profiled by the Wichita Bar Association, which noted that “she returns to Wichita regularly to finish up cases she has in Kansas,” and that she “loves the mountains and the scenery of Colorado, but still loves Wichita for the warmth of the friends and lawyers she has met and maintained contact with.”
The fact that she makes a habit of visiting her former city to follow up on cases just demonstrates how committed Shari is to her clients, and that she truly cares about them. She regularly takes on cases where people have been wronged in some way, and takes a personal approach to representing them. Shari understands how stressful the legal process can be, especially to someone who doesn’t work within it on a daily basis, and she makes a concerted effort to walk her clients through that process, and remains by their side every step of the way.
We hope it never happens, but if you or a loved one ever finds yourself in need of a medical malpractice lawyer, or one who specializes in catastrophic birth injuries and birth trauma, you would be well represented and supported by Shari Willis.