About Our New York Office
Sanford Heisler Sharp’s New York office is located in Midtown Manhattan. The New York office’s impressive record of success reflects the attorneys’ and staff’s personal and professional investment in the office’s practices. The New York office works together with experienced attorneys in the Firm’s Washington, DC, San Francisco, San Diego, Nashville, and Baltimore offices.
New York Partners
David Sanford, Chairman of the Firm, has recovered more than one billion dollars for individual clients and the United States government since 2004. He has served as lead counsel in more than 50 class actions and numerous qui tam fraud cases around the country. Notably, David served as lead counsel in a gender discrimination class action against Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation that resulted in a $253 million verdict—the largest Title VII verdict in U.S. history.
David has also represented over 100 general counsel, in-house counsel, and lawyers in claims against their law firms and companies. Recently, on behalf of women who have experienced discrimination and pay inequity, he secured a multi-million settlement against Chadbourne & Parke LLP (now Norton Rose Fulbright LLP) and filed nine-figure lawsuits against Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. and against Morrison & Foerster LLP.
Vice-Chairman Jeremy 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. Jeremy has established leading employment law precedents, including the expansion of the rights of wrongfully discharged employees. As lead counsel, Jeremy secured the largest wage and hour settlement of 2012 ($99 million). His other successes include a $19.2 million settlement from GE Capital (GE charged consumers with illegal fees) and a $15 million settlement from a major leasing company (consumers were defrauded).
The New York office is managed by Russell Kornblith. Russell is an experienced litigation attorney who represents individuals on matters of fraud against the U.S. government and employees in individual and class actions in a wide range of employment disputes, including suits alleging unlawful terminations, unlawful denials of promotions, unequal pay, and hostile work environments. Among other clients, he currently represents a class of women in a national gender discrimination case.
Partners Michael Palmer and Andrew Melzer litigate cases on behalf of employees who are denied wages they are entitled to receive by law. Their cases include claims where individuals are misclassified as independent contractors or managers, denied base pay or overtime pay for hours worked or denied meal and rest breaks.
Partner Alexandra Harwin represents clients who have experienced discrimination on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, and disability. She has recovered damages in both class actions and individual cases.
Partner Ross Brooks has more than 15 years of experience prosecuting fraud claims under the False Claims Act and other whistleblower programs, and has been counsel in whistleblower matters that have returned hundreds of millions in taxpayer dollars to the Government. Many of his cases are against healthcare companies that have defrauded government health insurance programs such as Medicare and Medicaid. He has also prosecuted a broad range of whistleblower cases involving other industries, including defense contracting, construction, government procurement, education, and finance.