By: O.C. Supervisor Shawn Nelson
Sharon Petrosino is the Chief Deputy of the Orange County Public Defender’s Office and has been an attorney with that office since 1985. As a deputy public defender, she represented indigent clients in the criminal justice system in a wide variety of cases, including homicides, capital cases, and appellate work throughout the Orange County Courts and Court of Appeal.
In her capacity as manager, she has been instrumental in helping develop Office policies and procedures, and remains involved in client case management and court representation. She received her Juris Doctor from Southwestern School of Law and her undergraduate degree from Rutgers University. She has been a lecturer and a member of the California Public Defender’s Association.