Amy Donehower

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Amy Donehower
Senior Litigation Counsel

(646) 768-7058

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Amy Donehower is a trial lawyer who represents clients in harassment and discrimination cases.

Ms. Donehower’s most recent trial was in the Southern District of New York against Columbia Business School, where her client had been subjected to discrimination and retaliation.  Ms. Donehower cross-examined a Columbia Business School professor, whom the jury found liable for $1.25 million in compensatory and punitive damages.  Ms. Donehower has been recognized as an expert in handling sexual harassment issues.

Prior to joining Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP, Ms. Donehower worked for five years at Boies Schiller Flexner LLP, where she tried cases, including a multibillion-dollar business valuation; worked to resolve sensitive family and financial matters for individuals, including pro bono clients and high-profile and affluent individuals; and represented a corporation in a matter that included federal and state litigation, regulatory reviews, and political lobbying.

Ms. Donehower received her law degree from Columbia University and her bachelor’s degree with honors from the University of Chicago. At Columbia Law School, she won the Whitney North Seymour Medal, for the greatest promise of becoming a distinguished trial advocate; the Jane Marks Murphy Prize, for exceptional interest and proficiency in mediation; and, in her first year, the award for Best Oral Advocate at the NALSA Moot Court Competition. Ms. Donehower was also a James Kent Scholar and a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.

Before she attended law school, Ms. Donehower taught high school social studies in New York City public schools.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Ms. Donehower lives in Irvington, New York, with her two-year-old son, her three-year-old cat, and her ageless husband.  When she is not working, she enjoys yoga, reading, and playing “hide and seek” with her kid.  She cheers for the Eagles.


  • Columbia Law School, J.D., James Kent Scholar; Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar; Whitney North Seymour Medal; Jane Marks Murphy Prize; Best Oral Advocate, National NALSA Moot Court Competition, 2013
  • Fordham University, M.S., Teaching, 2008
  • University of Chicago, B.A., with Honors, History, 2006

Bar Admissions

  • New York
  • Florida

Columbia University Sexual Harassment Case – $1.25 Jury Verdict

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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  • Note, The Scalpel and the Ax: Federal Review of Tribal Decisions in the Interest of Tribal Sovereignty, Columbia Human Rights Law Review (Fall 2012)

Justice Delayed: The Federal Shutdown’s Effect on Employment Discrimination

The longest federal shutdown in U.S. history is having devastating effects, placing hundreds of thousands of federal workers in economic peril and potentially crippling the delivery of basic services for Native American tribes. It has also shut down the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), delaying Americans from receiving justice where their employers have illegally […]

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NYU Lawsuit Highlights Potential Problems with Sexual Harassment and Assault Investigations

Universities and employers have a duty to respond to allegations of sexual assault, harassment, and discrimination. Many organizations conduct investigations before responding, and plaintiffs have filed gender discrimination lawsuits based on the investigations themselves. For one example, read coverage of Sanford Heisler Sharp’s trial about a Columbia University investigation here. Whether an investigation is so […]

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