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I was recently asked what I enjoyed most about being a lawyer. The answer is that I am fortunate to be able to use the justice system to help my clients. Often, my clients are faced with a fight against a powerful and wealthy entity with a lot of resources. We are able to level the playing field. Many of our clients become our friends of many years because we become invested in their lives and families.


I also enjoy learning information while working with experts in engineering, medicine and other topics while working up my cases. We work with some extremely brilliant people which makes my job more rewarding.


The lawyers in Orange County (and other counties) with whom I have associated over the years are very professional and courteous. As members of the Orange County plaintiffs' attorney community, we share our knowledge and experience with each other for the benefit of all of our clients.


Practice areas


  1. Wrongful Death: 20%
  2. Slip and Fall: 20%
  3. Defective Products: 20%
  4. Car Accident: 20%
  5. Personal Injury: 20%

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    Shari is one of those lawyers that truly cares about her clients. She is not only extremely good at what she does, but she is responsive and dedicated. She believes in her clients and she believes in getting them the best outcome even if it means going to trial. I have had the privilege of sharing office space with Shari so I have first hand knowledge of how she works. I have also referred clients to Shari and her husband Beau and they have always done an excellent job on these referrals. I strongly endorse her for personal injury matters!


    Alyssa White Business Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Henry S. Hilles, III

    I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Nokes, and her husband, are great Orange County trial attorneys who truly care for their clients.


    Henry S. Hilles, III DUI and DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Other

Contact info

Nokes & Nokes, A Law Corporation

120 Vantis, Suite 520
Aliso Viejo, CA, 92656-2689


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2016
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
Inaugural Edition Preeminent Women LawyersBar Register Of Preeminent Women Lawyers2011
AV ratingMartindale-Hubbell2010
AV ratingMartindale-Hubbell2009
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Remarkable WomanOrange County Women Lawyers Association2001
AV ratingMartindale-Hubbell2001
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AV ratingMartindale-Hubbell1999
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerNokes & Nokes1998 - Present
AttorneyLopez, Hodes, Milman, Restaino, Skikos & Polos1990 - 1998
AssociateSaxon, Alt, Mason, Brewer & Kincannon1987 - 1990
AssociateStockdale, Peckham & Werner1985 - 1987
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Association for JusticeMember2013 - Present
Consumer Attorneys Of California2011 Legislative Committee Premises Liability2011 - Present
Orange County Bar FoundationSociety Of Fellows2010 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMemberN/A
Consumer Attorneys of CaliforniaMemberN/A
Orange County Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Trial Lawyers for Public JusticeMemberN/A
Orange County Women Lawyers AssociationBoard of Directors2000 - 2003
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Doe v Doe Companysuccessful-confidential
Doe v Doe CompanySuccessful-confidential
Anguiano$143,501.27 judgment against $17,000 offer
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Publication nameTitleDate
Low Back Pain Primary Care: Clinics In Office PracticeMedical-Legal Issues With Low Back Pain2012
“The Gavel,” the Publication of the Orange County Trial Lawyers AssociationMold LitigationN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
McGeorge School of Law, University of the PacificLawJD - Juris Doctor1985
University of California - DavisN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1982
Monterey Institute of International StudiesLanguages/LinguisticsStudyN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
14th International Conference on Integrated Care, BrusselsIntegrated Care, Physicians, Mental Health and Attorneys: Multi-disciplinary Care in a Legal World2014
Collaborative Family Healthcare Association 14th Annual ConferenceIntegrated Care, Physicians, Healthcare Execs, and Attorneys2012
Whittier Law SchoolWomen and the LawN/A