In 2004, David Sanford and Jeremy Heisler founded Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP, in an effort to litigate public interest and social justice cases that add significant value to individuals and our communities.
Since opening its doors, Sanford Heisler Sharp has recovered more than one billion dollars for individual clients and the United States government and has achieved unparalleled success securing extraordinary systemic changes in corporate America.
Sanford Heisler Sharp represents plaintiffs in individual matters and class actions nationwide. Our lawyers in New York City, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, San Diego, Nashville, and Baltimore specialize in employment and gender discrimination, wage and hour violations, complex civil litigation, whistleblower/qui tam matters, public interest litigation, financial services litigation, prison litigation, and criminal/sexual violence litigation.
Our Chairman, David Sanford, has served as lead counsel in more than 50 class actions and numerous qui tam fraud cases and has represented over 100 general counsel, in-house counsel, and lawyers in claims against their law firms and companies.
Sanford Heisler Sharp’s first important case came in 2004 when David Sanford was lead counsel in a race discrimination class action against the Cracker Barrel restaurant chain, which was the only race discrimination case intervened in by the George W. Bush administration. David represented the NAACP and employees and customers of Cracker Barrel. The case settled for more than $8 million.
In 2010, Sanford Heisler Sharp earned one of the largest employment discrimination verdicts in United States history. Our firm represented a class of 5,600 female sales representatives with claims of gender, pay, promotion, and pregnancy discrimination against Novartis Pharmaceutical Corporation. The jury found Novartis Pharmaceutical Corporation liable and awarded the plaintiffs $253 million. The case settled for $175 million.
In 2012, David Sanford was lead counsel in a qui tam case against Amgen that settled for $762 million. The settlement included a $612 million civil settlement, a $14 million forfeiture, and $136 million in criminal fines.
In April 2017, Sanford Heisler Sharp was honored to have the Honorable Kevin Sharp—a former Chief Judge of the United States District for the Middle District of Tennessee—join our firm as its newest named partner. Judge Sharp was nominated to the bench in 2010 by President Barack Obama and unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate in May 2011. During his tenure, Judge Sharp presided over nearly 3,700 civil cases and 363 criminal cases. He also conducted 75 trials and 60 contested evidentiary hearings concerning complex, multi-party commercial litigation, class action matters, intellectual property disputes, criminal prosecutions, and law enforcement’s use of excessive force. Judge Sharp’s experience and expertise has helped Sanford Heisler Sharp further its effort of litigating public interest and social justice cases that add significant value to individuals and our communities.
In recent years, Sanford Heisler Sharp has been honored to welcome a number of extraordinary partners:
- Felicia Gilbert, San Francisco Managing Partner
- Paul Blankenstein, Washington, D.C. Partner and Co-Chair of the Financial Services Litigation Practice
- Saba Bireda, Washington, D.C. Partner and Co-Chair of the Title VII Practice
- Deborah K. Marcuse, Baltimore Managing Partner and Co-Chair of the Title VII Practice
- Russell Kornblith, New York Managing Partner
- Alexandra Harwin, New York Partner and Co-Chair of the Title VII Practice
- Steve Kelly, Baltimore Partner and Co-Chair of the Criminal/Sexual Violence Practice
- Charles Field, San Diego Partner and Co-Chair of the Financial Services Litigation Practice
- Kate Mueting, Washington, D.C. Partner and Co-Chair of the Title VII Practice
- Ed Chapin, San Diego Managing Partner
- Michael Palmer, New York Partner and Co-Chair of the Wage and Hour Practice