About Our New York Office
Sanford Heisler Sharp’s New York office is located in Midtown Manhattan. 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, Sanford Heisler Sharp’s Chairman, 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. David has also represented over 100 general counsel, in-house counsel, and lawyers in claims against their law firms and companies. 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.
Vice-Chairman Jeremy Heisler has had notable success in employment class actions and complex multi-party and multi-state litigation, producing more than $500 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.
Partners and Wage and Hour Practice Co-Chairs 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 and Title VII Practice Co-Chair 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.
New York Senior Attorneys
David Tracey is a Co-Chair of the firm’s Financial Services Litigation Practice. Mr. Tracey represents employees in individual and class actions involving 401(k) mismanagement, discrimination, wage and hour violations, employee benefits, and civil rights. He has represented numerous clients with discrimination claims in federal and state courts and administrative agencies. Mr. Tracey also frequently negotiates severance packages and settlement agreements for employees with claims of discrimination and retaliation.
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.
Inayat Ali Hemani is a Co-Chair of the firm’s Whistleblower & Qui Tam Practice. Mr. Hemani works on sealed and unsealed qui tam/whistleblower cases involving fraud against the federal and state governments. In addition to qui tam cases, he has worked on submissions to the SEC, CFTC, and IRS under their whistleblower programs. Mr. Hemani also represents employees in discrimination and retaliation matters, by representing them in litigation and confidentially negotiating severance agreements.
Meredith Firetog’s practice involves a range of matters, including employment discrimination matters and criminal/sexual violence cases.
Katie Mesner-Hage 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.