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 class actions and complex multi-party and multi-state litigation, producing more than $400 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.

H. Vincent McKnight Jr.

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

CA 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

NY 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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Andrew Melzer

Andrew Melzer

NY 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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Ross Brooks

Ross Brooks

NY Partner

Mr. Brooks is Co-Chair of the Firm’s whistleblower practice and has been counsel in False Claims Act matters that have returned hundreds of millions in taxpayer dollars to the government.

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Michael Palmer

Michael Palmer

NY 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

Kate Mueting

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

SD 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

Alexandra Harwin

NY 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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Steven J. Kelly

Baltimore Partner

Mr. Kelly is Chair of Sanford Heisler Sharp’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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James Richardson

James E. Richardson

SF Managing Attorney

As the Managing Attorney for the San Francisco office, James Richardson works primarily on whistleblower claims and employment discrimination actions.

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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 NY 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

John McKnight is a Senior Litigation Counsel in the DC office who works primarily on qui tam/whistleblower cases. He received his law degree from University of Maryland Law School in 2011.

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Saba Bireda

Saba Bireda

Senior Litigation Counsel

Ms. Bireda joined Sanford Heisler 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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Christine Dunn

Senior Litigation Counsel

Ms. Dunn’s practice involves a range of matters including whistleblower/qui tam cases and employment discrimination actions.

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Qiaojing Ella Zheng

Qiaojing Ella Zheng

Senior Counsel

Qiaojing Ella Zheng (郑巧晶 律师) is Senior Counsel in the SF office who 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 Kennedy

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

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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David Tracey

David Tracey

Associate

David Tracey is an Associate in the NY 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

Associate

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

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Melinda Koster

Associate

Melinda Koster is an Associate in Sanford Heisler Sharp’s New York Office who 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 Hemani

Associate

Inayat Ali Hemani is an Associate in the NY office who works primarily on whistleblower/qui tam cases. He received his law degree from NYU Law School in 2012.

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Felicia Gilbert

Felicia Gilbert

Associate

Felicia Gilbert is an Associate in the DC Office who represents employees in individual and class actions involving race, gender, and pregnancy discrimination.

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Aimee Krause Stewart

Associate

Prior to joining Sanford Heisler Sharp, Aimee Krause Stewart clerked for the Honorable Margo K. Brodie of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

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Nicole Wiitala

Nicole Wiitala

Associate

While at Pace Law School, Ms. Wiitala served as Editor-in-Chief of Pace Law Review.

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Ellen Peterson

Associate

Prior to joining Sanford Heisler Sharp, Ms. Peterson clerked for the Honorable Ronna Lee Beck on the DC Superior Court.

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Andrew Miller

Associate

Prior to joining Sanford Heisler Sharp, Mr. Miller worked as an Associate at a boutique plaintiffs’ firm specializing in qui tam litigation.

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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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Leigh Anne St. Charles

Associate

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

Associate

Meredith Firetog is an Associate 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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Amy Donehower

Associate

Amy Donehower is a trial lawyer who represents clients in harassment and discrimination cases.  

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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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