Ali Harwin is a partner in the New York Office of Sanford Heisler Sharp and Co-Chair of Sanford Heisler Sharp’s Title VII practice.
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Alexandra Harwin is a partner in the New York office of Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP, a national law firm with offices in Washington, DC, New York, California, Tennessee, and Maryland. She received her law degree from the Yale Law School and her bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, from Harvard, where she was the highest-ranked student in her graduating class.
As Co-Chair with Deborah Marcuse and Kate Mueting of Sanford Heisler Sharp’s Title VII practice, Ms. Harwin represents employees with a wide range of employment claims, including discrimination on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, and disability, in both public litigation and privately negotiated settlements. Ms. Harwin was recently named one of the Top 40 Under 40 Trial Lawyers in New York by the National Trial Lawyers Association.
Among her current cases, Ms. Harwin serves as counsel in Dickerson et al. v. Novartis Corporation and Alcon Laboratories, Inc., a class action and collective action alleging that a large pharmaceutical company discriminated against its female employees –directors, managers, specialists, and sales force professionals – in pay, promotion, and assignments. In Miller v. Zara USA, Inc. et al., Ms. Harwin represents Zara’s former general counsel in his claims that the Spanish fashion giant discriminated against him because he is Jewish, gay, and American. In Silva v. Giorgio Armani Corporation et al., Ms. Harwin represents Giorgio Armani’s former general counsel in his claims that the Italian fashion house discriminated against him because of his Mexican nationality and because he was battling cancer.
Ms. Harwin has a longstanding commitment to civil rights and gender equality issues. At Harvard, she studied gender-based employment discrimination through the disciplines of history and economics, and her honors thesis explored how feminists addressed the subject of women’s unpaid housework. At the Yale Law School, Ali served as Managing Editor of the Yale Journal of Law and Feminism and helped design Yale Law Women’s annual survey of family-friendly law firms. While at Yale, she also conducted research on the history and prospects of using Title VII litigation to protect minority men from employment discrimination based on their criminal records.
After graduating from Yale, Ms. Harwin practiced at a law firm in Washington, DC, where she gained significant experience in all aspects of litigation, negotiation, and alternative dispute resolution.
In addition to her legal practice, Ms. Harwin enjoys writing for popular audiences about legal issues. Her writings have been featured in the New York Times and Slate.
- J.D., Yale Law School, 2011
- Managing Editor, Yale Journal of Law & Feminism
- A.B., Harvard University, 2007, summa cum laude
- Maryland 2011
- District of Columbia 2012
- New Jersey 2015
- New York 2015
According to Plaintiff Kerrie Campbell, a nationally recognized trial lawyer and partner in Chadbourne’s Washington, DC office, female partners at the firm are excluded from positions of decision-making authority and receive less pay and bonuses even when they out-perform their male counterparts. There is only a one-tier partnership, with every partner characterized as an equity partner.
Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP, represents a female partner at Proskauer Rose, LLP, who is suing the prominent international law firm for $50 million for alleged gender bias in her compensation and other conditions of employment.
In 2015, Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP filed a $40 million lawsuit against Zara USA, Inc., the flagship brand for the largest fashion retailer in the world, Inditex Group. The lawsuit alleges that Zara discriminated against and then fired its in-house counsel, Ian Jack Miller, because he is Jewish, American, and gay. The case seeks damages for creating a hostile work environment, pay discrimination, and unlawful and retaliatory termination based on Mr. Miller’s nationality, religion, and sexual orientation.
According to his complaint, during his tenure at Giorgio Armani Corporation, the company’s Chief Financial Officer informed General Counsel Fabio Silva he did not trust Mexicans, and thereafter subjected Mr. Silva to increased scrutiny and discriminatory treatment. When General Counsel Silva reported this treatment to Chief Operations Officer, Giorgio Fornari, and Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Lucinda Rosso, General Counsel Silva was berated for complaining. General Counsel Silva was then denied a raise for reporting the discrimination.
The complaint provides extensive details regarding how the senior leadership of Columbia – including the Provost of the University and the Dean of Columbia Business School – allowed one of Columbia’s senior, tenured professors to sexually harass and obstruct the work of a female junior faculty member, plaintiff Enrichetta Ravina. Read More
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