Aimee Krause Stewart

Aimee Krause Stewart Sanford Heisler
Aimee Krause Stewart
Senior Litigation Counsel

(202) 499-5208

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Aimee Krause Stewart primarily represents employees in a broad range of employment claims, including discrimination on the basis of gender, pregnancy, and race.

I'm sure this is the case with other clients [Kate, Aimee, and Cansu] have worked with, but in my own experience it is uncommon, I think, to develop such a bond so quickly with attorneys . . . . I think [they] are masterful at molding [their] advocacy beautifully around the needs and the personality of [their] client . . . without compromising the strength of the representation one bit. It is a real pleasure to know [them].A Former Client

Aimee Krause Stewart is Senior Litigation Counsel in the Washington, DC office of Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP, a national law firm with offices in Washington, DC, New York, California, Tennessee, and Maryland. She received a bachelor’s degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University and a J.D. from Stanford Law School.

Prior to joining Sanford Heisler Sharp, Ms. Stewart clerked for the Honorable Margo K. Brodie of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York. She also served as a law fellow at the New York Civil Liberties Union, where her practice involved class action litigation and advocacy on behalf of people incarcerated in New York state, in addition to other civil rights and civil liberties matters. Before joining the NYCLU, Ms. Stewart was an associate at Sidley Austin LLP, where she worked on a wide range of cases.

At Stanford Law School, Ms. Stewart served as lead articles editor for the Stanford Law and Policy Review’s volume titled Roe v. Wade at 40. She was Co-Chair of Stanford Law Students for Reproductive Justice, co-directed the Domestic Violence pro bono project, and served on the board of the Women of Stanford Law.

During law school, Ms. Stewart represented clients in immigration proceedings and participated in larger-scale advocacy projects as part of the Stanford Immigrants’ Rights Clinic. She externed at the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center in the gender project and interned at the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project and at Legal Voice.


  • J.D., Stanford Law School, 2013
  • B.S., Cornell University, 2010


  • Stanford Law School Immigrants’ Rights Clinic


  • Honorable Margo K. Brodie, United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York

Bar Admissions

  • Washington, DC, 2017
  • New York, 2014

Court Admissions

  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, 2015
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, 2016

Onondaga County Juvenile Solitary Confinement Class Action

Counsel from Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP joined the New York Civil Liberties Union (“NYCLU”) and Legal Services of Central New York (“LSCNY”) in representing a class of 16- and 17-year old Plaintiffs who are or will be held in solitary confinement at the Onondaga County Justice Center, a jail located in Syracuse New York.

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Merck Gender Pay, Promotion and Pregnancy Discrimination Class Action

This gender discrimination class action against pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co., Inc. was originally filed by Plaintiff Kelli Smith in May 2013 in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. In January 2014, four additional class representatives from around the country joined the suit as plaintiffs alleging pay, promotion and pregnancy discrimination against the company.

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Morrison & Foerster Gender, Pregnancy, and Maternity Discrimination Class and Collective Action

The Complaint, which is filed on behalf of three female associates currently employed at MoFo, alleges the international law firm practices systemic gender discrimination against female lawyers, particularly those who are pregnant or have children.

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KPMG Gender Pay, Promotion and Pregnancy Discrimination Class Action

In June 2011, Class Representative Donna Kassman filed a lawsuit against KPMG to remedy KPMG’s systemic discrimination in pay and promotion, discrimination based on pregnancy, and chronic failure to properly investigate and resolve complaints of discrimination and harassment. Later that same year, the lawsuit was amended to add Named Plaintiffs from around the country who had experienced discrimination similar to what Ms. Kassman had suffered.

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Female Breadwinners: Sorry Not Sorry

New Census Bureau research, comparing the amount of money couples report to the Census with “true” earnings from IRS tax records, shows a surprising result: when women in different-sex couples earn more than their male spouses, “[h]usbands say they earn more than they are and wives underreport their income.” Both spouses exaggerate the man’s earnings […]

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Legislative Update: DC’s Universal Paid Leave Amendment Act of 2016

As part of the national trend to pass state and local laws guaranteeing private-sector workers paid leave for family and caregiving responsibilities, Washington D.C. is poised to join California, New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Washington state in offering this benefit. And I’m not alone in saying: it’s about time. A study conducted by […]

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Motherhood & The Gender Pay Gap

In May of this year, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission reached a $100,000 settlement agreement in a gender discrimination case against a Florida insurance broker. Why? The company revoked a woman’s job offer “20 minutes after she asked her would-be supervisor about its maternity policy.” Citing an “urgent” need to have someone in the […]

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Gender Discrimination? Because Makeup Doesn’t Grow on Trees

Before I go to work every morning, I engage in a ritual that my husband has never needed to.  As the New York Times reports, this ritual is can make women appear confident, capable, reliable, or likable in the workplace, and can even lead to a higher salary when compared to other women.  What is […]

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