Posted April 1st, 2021.
NEW YORK, April 1, 2021 — Sanford Heisler Sharp was named East Coast Labor & Employment – Employee Firm of the Year and Chairman David Sanford was honored as the East Coast Labor & Employment Employee – Litigator of the Year at the 2021 Benchmark Litigation US Awards virtual ceremony last evening.
The firm’s competition for Employee Firm of the Year was Katz Marshall & Banks, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, and Outten & Golden.
David Sanford’s competition for Employee Litigator of the Year was Eve Cervantez, Altshuler Berzon; Kelly Dermody, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein; Debra Katz, Katz Marshall & Banks; Shannon Liss-Riordan, Lichten & Liss Riordan; and Jahan Sagafi, Outten & Golden.
“The work we do at our firm would not be possible without the 100 attorneys and staff throughout the United States who every day are committed to working toward meaningful social justice on behalf of those most in need,” Sanford said. “Benchmark Litigation is known for its in-depth research and is a well-respected reference in the industry – it is one of the awards that the legal industry pays attention to. We are so pleased to have received this recognition.”
Sanford Heisler Sharp represents employees in individual matters and class actions related to employment and gender discrimination, wage and hour violations, criminal/sexual violence litigation, ERISA litigation, financial fraud, and whistleblower cases where the government seeks to recoup financial losses due to fraud.
In addition, the firm represents partners and other lawyers in BigLaw, In-House Counsel, and C-Suite executives in companies across a wide range of industries when they are discriminated in pay and when their ability to advance in their careers is derailed by management. The firm has brought cases against approximately 60 different law firms in the U.S. on behalf of lawyers and against numerous companies on behalf of In-House counsel.
In the awards ceremony, Benchmark Litigation Managing Editor, Michael Rafalowich, said of Sanford Heisler Sharp:
The firm, founded in 2004 and home to offices scattered across the US, is described as “ahead of the curve” by a peer, who adds, “They [have] very, very sharp lawyers [and] very skilled litigators.” The firm is ripe with numerous major precedent-setting actions that made news several times throughout 2020 alone.
Firm chairman and founding partner David Sanford has paved the way in the fight for gender equality where he has emerged as a leader in representing women who have experienced discrimination at work.
This is the second consecutive year that Sanford Heisler Sharp has been the recipient of the Labor & Employment – Employee Firm of the Year award. And this is the second year that David Sanford has been recognized as the Labor & Employment – Employee Litigator of the Year.
Benchmark Litigation’s research is conducted through extensive interviews with litigators, dispute resolution specialists, and firm clients to identify the leading litigators and firms in the United States.