Attorneys

David Sanford

David Sanford

Chairman

Mr. Sanford is the Chairman and co-founder of Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP. Since 2004, Mr. Sanford has recovered more than $1 billion for individual clients and the United States government.

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Jeremy Heisler

Jeremy Heisler

Vice-Chairman

Throughout his legal career, Mr. Heisler has had notable success in employment and civil rights class actions and complex multi-party and multi-state litigation, producing more than $500 million in benefits to class members.

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Kevin Sharp

Judge Kevin Sharp

Nashville Managing Partner

Judge Sharp is the Managing Partner of Sanford Heisler Sharp’s Nashville office, which opened in the spring of 2017. He joined Sanford Heisler Sharp after serving as a judge on the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee from May 2011 through April 2017, serving from 2014 to 2017 as the Court’s Chief Judge.

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H. Vincent McKnight Jr.

Washington, DC Managing Partner

As Co-Chair of the Firm’s whistleblower practice, Mr. McKnight represents whistleblowers in sealed and unsealed False Claims Act/Qui Tam suits under investigation by the government.

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Ed Chapin

Ed Chapin

San Diego Managing Partner

Mr. Chapin is a veteran trial lawyer whose individual and class action practice includes unfair business practices, professional negligence, insurance coverage, toxic torts, serious personal injury and wrongful death matters.

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Russell Kornblith

Russell Kornblith

New York Managing Partner

Russell Kornblith is the New York Managing Partner who works on both qui tam / whistleblower cases and on discrimination cases. He received his law degree from Harvard Law School in 2012.

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Deborah K. Marcuse

Baltimore Managing Partner

Deborah K. Marcuse is the Managing Partner of Sanford Heisler Sharp’s Baltimore, Maryland office. She received her law degree from Yale Law School in 2008.

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Felicia Gilbert

Felicia Gilbert

San Francisco Managing Partner

Felicia Gilbert is the Managing Partner of Sanford Heisler Sharp’s San Francisco office. She represents employees in individual and class actions involving race, gender, and pregnancy discrimination.

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Andrew Melzer

Andrew Melzer

New York Partner

Mr. Melzer is Co-Chair of the Firm’s wage and hour practice and has helped return millions of dollars of lost wages to employees in presuit negotiations, active litigation, and trials.

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Michael Palmer

Michael Palmer

New York Partner

Mr. Palmer serves as Co-Chair of the Firm’s wage and hour practice and also has the expertise to represent individuals in False Claims Act and employment discrimination actions.

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Kate Mueting

Washington, DC Partner

Ms. Mueting is responsible for managing much of the KPMG gender discrimination litigation and also represents employees in other individual and class discrimination and overtime cases.

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Charles Field

Charles Field

San Diego Partner

As Co-Chair of the Firm’s Financial Services practice, Mr. Field leverages his decades of practice focused on commercial transactions and regulation to recover investments that have been mishandled or lost.

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Alexandra Harwin

New York Partner

Ali Harwin is a partner in the New York Office of Sanford Heisler Sharp and Co-Chair of Sanford Heisler Sharp’s Title VII practice.

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Steve Kelly

Baltimore and Washington, DC Partner

Steve Kelly is a Partner at Sanford Heisler Sharp and Co-Chair of the firm’s Criminal/Sexual Violence Practice Group. He represents plaintiffs, especially those from traditionally marginalized groups, who seek justice as victims of violence.

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Saba Bireda

Saba Bireda

Washington, DC Partner

Ms. Bireda joined Sanford Heisler Sharp after three years as a member of the senior political staff at the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, DC.

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Paul Blankenstein

Washington, DC Partner

Mr. Blankenstein handled significant cases involving financial institutions and employee benefits. He brings a wealth of experience in many areas of the law to the Firm’s practice.

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Thomas Henderson

Thomas J. Henderson

Senior Litigation Counsel

Mr. Henderson litigates employment, housing, consumer, environmental, education and voting individual and class action cases and has briefed and argued appeals in the appellate courts including the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Jennifer Siegel

Jennifer Siegel

Senior Litigation Counsel

Jennifer Siegel is a Senior Litigation Counsel in the New York office who works on both qui tam/whistleblower cases and on gender discrimination cases. She received her law degree from Harvard Law School in 2011.

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John McKnight

John McKnight

Senior Litigation Counsel

As Co-Chair of the Firm’s whistleblower practice, John McKnight works primarily on qui tam/whistleblower cases. He received his law degree from University of Maryland Law School in 2011.

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Christine Dunn

Senior Litigation Counsel

Christine Dunn is Co-Chair of Sanford Heisler Sharp’s Criminal/Sexual Violence Practice Group and a Senior Litigation Counsel in the firm’s Washington, DC office. Ms. Dunn’s practice involves a range of matters, including criminal/sexual violence cases, whistleblower/qui tam matters, and employment discrimination actions.

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David Tracey

David Tracey

Senior Litigation Counsel

David Tracey is a Financial Services Litigation Practice Group Co-Chair and a Senior Litigation Counsel in the New York office who works primarily on discrimination and wage and hour cases. He received his law degree from NYU Law School in 2013.

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Danielle Fuschetti

Danielle Fuschetti

Senior Litigation Counsel

Danielle Fuschetti is Senior Litigation Counsel in the San Francisco office who works primarily on matters ranging from private negotiations to class action lawsuits.

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Melinda Koster

Senior Litigation Counsel

Melinda Koster represents employees with a wide range of claims, including discrimination on the basis of gender, pregnancy, and age, in both public litigation and privately negotiated settlements. She received her law degree from Stanford Law School in 2012.

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Inayat Ali Hemani

Inayat Ali Hemani

Senior Litigation Counsel

As Co-Chair of the Firm’s whistleblower practice, Inayat Ali Hemani works primarily on whistleblower/qui tam cases. He received his law degree from NYU Law School in 2012.

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Andrew Miller

Senior Litigation Counsel

Andrew Miller co-manages Sanford Heisler Sharp’s opioid litigation and also represents whistleblowers under the False Claims Act and the SEC whistleblower program, employees who have suffered discrimination or other mistreatment on the job, and survivors and family members of those who have been harmed by crime.

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Leigh Anne St. Charles

Senior Litigation Counsel

Prior to joining Sanford Heisler Sharp, Ms. St. Charles was an associate at Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer, LLP in Washington, DC, where her practice involved a variety of complex commercial litigation matters in both federal and state courts.

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Meredith Firetog

Senior Litigation Counsel

Meredith Firetog is a Senior Litigation Counsel in the New York office. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Swarthmore College, received a Masters of Studies in Women’s Studies from the University of Oxford, and her law degree from Stanford Law School in 2014.

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Katie Mesner-Hage

Senior Litigation Counsel

Katie Mesner-Hage is a Senior Litigation Counsel who works on gender discrimination cases, qui tam/whistleblower actions, and the firm’s opioid litigation on behalf of dozens of counties and cities across the nation.

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Qiaojing Ella Zheng

Senior Counsel

Qiaojing Ella Zheng (郑巧晶 律师) is the Asian American Litigation and Finance Practice Chair for Sanford Heisler Sharp. She is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and has extensive experience representing China-based clients in legal matters arising under U.S.laws.

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Altomease R. Kennedy

Of Counsel

Ms. Kennedy’s long history of successful representation of False Claims Act whistleblowers makes her particularly effective when working for clients in cases under investigation by the United States government.

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Grant Morris

Grant Morris

Of Counsel

As Co-Chair of the Firm’s Financial Services practice, Mr. Morris’ extensive experience covers the full range of client claims, including discrimination, wage and hour/unpaid wages, whistleblower/qui tam, and financial malfeasance claims.

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Jill Sullivan Sanford

Of Counsel

Ms. Sanford is a trial lawyer who has successfully represented clients in Southern California in cases involving gender discrimination, sexual harassment, contracts and business fraud.

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Bob Sullivan

Of Counsel

Mr. Sullivan has focused his practice on insurance regulatory law for more than 27 years. He also has significant expertise in tax law and corporate governance issues.

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Scott Sullivan

Scott Sullivan

Of Counsel

Scott Sullivan has litigated and written widely on civil and human rights issues both domestically and internationally.

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Johan Conrod

Of Counsel

Johan has over 17 years of experience in commercial litigation and has tried dozens of cases in state and federal courts representing businesses, individuals and localities.

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Caroline E. De Luca

Of Counsel

Ms. De Luca began her legal career in 2011 as a prosecutor at the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office in Boston, Massachusetts.

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Nicole Wiitala

Nicole Wiitala

Associate

Ms. Wiitala represents employees in a wide range of disputes, including claims of unlawful termination, unlawful denials of promotions, unequal pay, and hostile work environment, related to race, gender, pregnancy, protected leave, and disability.

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Hannah Wolf

Associate

During law school, Ms. Wolf represented immigrant clients in deportation proceedings as part of NYU’s Immigrant Rights Clinic.

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Adán Martínez

Associate

Prior to law school, Mr. Martínez began his career as a low wage, agricultural worker. His years of experience as a manual laborer provide valuable context to his representation of employees.

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Emily Linehan

Associate

Prior to law school, Ms. Linehan worked in international development on legal reform.

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Ryan Cooper

Associate

Prior to joining Sanford Heisler Sharp, Mr. Cooper clerked for the Honorable Robert Pitman of the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas.

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Cara Van Dorn

Associate

As an associate attorney at Motley Rice, Ms. Van Dorn researched legal issues that are critical in securities fraud, defective medical devices, and asbestos litigation.

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Carolin Guentert

Associate

Prior to joining Sanford Heisler Sharp, Ms. Guentert was a clinical teaching fellow in Georgetown University Law Center’s Domestic Violence Clinic.

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Conor Ahern

Associate

Mr. Ahern represents employees in individual and class actions involving discrimination and civil rights.

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Rob Van Someren Greve

Associate

During law school, Rob worked as a student-attorney in Georgetown’s Civil Rights Clinic and as a legal intern at various civil rights and legal aid organizations in Washington, DC.

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Jonathan Tepe

Associate

Prior to joining Sanford Heisler Sharp, Mr. Tepe clerked for the Honorable Sarah A. L. Merriam, United States Magistrate Judge for the District of Connecticut.

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Shaun Rosenthal

Associate

During law school, Shaun worked as a student-attorney in the Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic, and as a legal intern at SeniorLAW Center.

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Austin Webbert

Associate

Before joining the firm, Austin Webbert served as an Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow at the Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation.

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Clare J. Horan

Associate

Prior to joining Sanford Heisler Sharp, Clare clerked for the Honorable Karen Nelson Moore on the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and for the Honorable Rebecca Goodgame Ebinger on the Southern District of Iowa.

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Kate MacMullin

Associate

As part of Harvard’s Domestic Violence and Family Law Clinic, Ms. MacMullin represented individuals experiencing domestic violence in seeking orders of protection and provided legal assistance on a range of family law matters.

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Alok Nadig

Associate

Mr. Nadig was a Litigation Associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, where he worked on a variety of complex commercial litigation matters and various pro bono cases.

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Yikai Wang

Yikai Wang

Law Clerk

While obtaining his LL.B. in Beijing, Yikai participated in the Disability Rights Clinic and led a team to explore a legal strategy to combat employment discrimination.

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Albert Powell

Staff Attorney

At Constantine Cannon, LLP, Mr. Powell was a member of the team that successfully prosecuted and negotiated a $2.75 billion settlement on behalf of the plaintiff in Discover Financial Services v. Visa USA, Inc.

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