Associate Attorney – San Diego

Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP seeks an associate attorney for immediate hire with 2 to 5 years of experience in litigation, 1 to 2 years of which may be clerkship experience. Applicants with clerkship experience and/or demonstrated interest in pensions and investments are preferred. This attorney will focus primarily on ERISA class action and investor fraud cases. In addition, the attorney will assist the firm’s world-class team of attorneys on employment matters and consumer fraud cases as needed.

Associates are expected to work collaboratively with other lawyers, staff, and clients to develop claims for mediation and litigation. Associates are also expected to conduct legal research; draft legal documents (including pleadings, motions, briefs, legal memoranda, mediation statements, discovery responses, and settlement agreements); provide legal advice to clients; assist and participate in depositions, mediations, arbitrations, trials, and court hearings and conferences; and attend industry, networking, and community outreach events. Our associates are expected to learn quickly from the firm’s more experienced attorneys and are given as much responsibility as they can handle. Associates often draft substantive briefs with limited input from senior attorneys, take and defend depositions, argue motions in court, and conduct negotiations with opposing counsel.

Prospective applicants must be a member in good standing of the California State Bar or expect to be admitted in the immediate future. Applicants with clerkship experience and/or demonstrated interest in civil rights litigation are preferred. Applicants must have experience in ERISA and dealing with investment issues. Familiarity with complex civil litigation and Title VII, Title IX is a plus.

The position is available now. Applicants seeking consideration should email a one-page cover letter, a current résumé, a law school transcript, three references, and a writing sample of not less than ten pages to Please include “2021 San Diego Attorney Application” in the subject line of the email.

We are committed to EEO principles and value a diverse workplace. We strongly encourage people of color, LGBTQ, all genders, all ages, differently abled, and other minority applicants to apply.

About the Firm

Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP is a boutique class-action litigation law firm with offices in New York, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, San Diego, Baltimore, and Nashville. The team is a tightly knit community of lawyers and legal assistants, all committed to using the law to help craft and enforce a more just society. We specialize in civil rights and general public interest cases, representing plaintiffs with claims of employment discrimination, victims of sexual harassment, sexual assault or criminal violence, labor and wage violations, ERISA violations, and investor fraud, as well as whistleblowers, victims of consumer fraud, and many others seeking to vindicate their rights.

We have represented thousands of individuals in some of the most significant class action cases, securing landmark victories through trial and settlements. In addition, we have a number of cases currently before federal courts that raise novel issues of law. For more information, visit our website:

Reasonable Accommodations

Our firm welcomes applications from individuals with disabilities. If you require reasonable accommodations during any part of the hiring process, please email or send your request by mail to address below.

ATTN: Anita Youngkin, Senior Human Resources Director
Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP
700 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Suite 300
Washington, DC 20003

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