Women-Owned Business


EVAN M. SEARS is an Associate of the Firm in its Sherman Oaks, California, office.

Practice Areas
  • Civil Litigation
  • Insurance Defense
  • Premises Liability
  • Trusts and Estates/Business Transactions

J.D., University of San Francisco, 2016
B.A., Sonoma State University, 2011

Bar Admissions 

State Bar of California Read More

Contract Review and Contract Disputes


We believe that contracts are the foundation of a strong and profitable business.  Our attorneys are well-versed in drafting, negotiating and modifying contracts.

Signing a master services agreement, property lease, vehicle/equipment lease, advertising agreement, accepting the terms and conditions attached to an invoice and numerous other contracts are typical for the course of business.  Some contracts are simple, easily understandable documents while others can be complex and incomprehensible.  We have found that it is not uncommon for otherwise very careful people to glance over a contract and just sign it without really knowing what it obligates them or the other party to do. Read More

Outside General Counsel Services


We offer the opportunity for small businesses to have a general counsel as an outside staff member, without the built in overhead and cost.  As companies begin to grow beyond their startup phase, legal needs can pile up.  As the legal needs of a company continue to grow, a number of complex legal issues can arise regularly, and companies need a trusted resource they can turn to first no matter the issue they are facing.  Read More


Firm Partner Sherry B. Shavit was invited to present at the Professionals in Human Resources Association (“PIHRA”) Legal Updates across Southern California in January on “The Latest and (Not So) Greatest on PAGA.”  Ms. Shavit, whose practice includes advising and defending employers of all sizes against wage and hour class and PAGA (Private Attorneys General Act) actions, discussed the rise in popularity and the danger of PAGA lawsuits.

You can find a summary of Ms. Shavit’s presentation written by the national Society for Human Resources Management (“SHRM”), of which PIHRA is its largest chapter, here: https://www.shrm.org/resourcesandtools/legal-and-compliance/state-and-local-updates/pages/california-paga-law-poses-huge-risks-for-employers.aspx. Read More


Tharpe & Howell, LLP is once again pleased to be a Gold Sponsor of the 2019 San Fernando Valley Business Journal (SFVBJ) Women’s Council Awards to be held at the Warner Center Marriott in Woodland Hills, California, on April 17, 2019.  At this event, women who have made a difference in the San Fernando Valley will be honored for their accomplishments.  Please join us in congratulating these women on their success.

Award Categories include: CEO of the Year, Executive of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Rising Star, Not-For-Profit, Business Owner of the Year, Business Team of the Year, and Lifetime Achievement Award. Read More