Christine Dunn

Christine Dunn
Washington, DC and Baltimore Partner

(202) 499-5214

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Christine Dunn is Co-Chair of Sanford Heisler Sharp’s Criminal/Sexual Violence Practice Group and a Partner in the firm’s Washington, DC office. Ms. Dunn’s practice involves a range of matters, including criminal/sexual violence cases, whistleblower/qui tam matters, and employment discrimination actions.

Christine Dunn and the Sanford Heisler Sharp team guided me through the most complex and challenging legal process of my career when I was wrongfully terminated. Christine and her team showed that their firm is unafraid to confront powerful people with compelling arguments and hold them strictly to account. She simply will not be intimidated. Christine and her team relentlessly applied the facts and the law to achieve an equitable settlement that far exceeded my expectations. From the day I contacted the firm until the day the matter concluded, Christine Dunn showed that she was in control of the process. I always understood the plan, every question was answered in detail and every interaction with the opposite party was a model of skillful professional advocacy and legal scholarship. At the same time, Christine worked hard to help me articulate every relevant aspect of the matter, and I always felt that she was really listening to what I had to say. She always told me the truth, explained the options, and shared her best advice. If a close friend or family member ever faced a tough legal challenge in the workplace, I would refer him or her directly to Christine Dunn. No one could have done more, and no firm could have displayed more courage under pressure. I will always be grateful to Christine and to Sanford Heisler for their superb representation. A Former Client

Thank you! Words don’t really express my deep gratitude. I can finally move on with my life and be done with this burden. A Former Client

Navigating a sexual abuse case against a well-endowed private school, I was fortunate to have Christine Dunn and David Sanford in my corner to determine the facts of my case, discuss possible strategies, and gather all the facts. If you are a survivor, you know this an emotional and brave journey that requires a great deal of support, time and resolve. Throughout my intense 10-month journey during the COVID-19 pandemic, the team at Sanford Heisler was available to guide me along the way, and was supportive of my experience. In the end, we came to a resolution. I was blind to the law, but my dedicated and knowledgeable team at this amazing law firm showed me the light and gave me power. Without hesitation I recommend Christine Dunn, Sophie Tohl and David Sanford, who will vigorously represent you as they fight for justice. In my experience, the team at Sanford Heisler Sharp know how to solve for the best possible outcomes.A Former Client

Christine Dunn is a Baltimore and Washington, DC Partner in the Washington, DC office of Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP, a national law firm with offices in the District of Columbia, New York, California, Tennessee, and Maryland, and a Co-Chair of the firm’s Criminal/Sexual Violence Practice Group. She received her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law and her B.A. from Yale University.

Ms. Dunn’s practice involves a range of matters, including criminal/sexual violence cases, whistleblower/qui tam matters, and employment discrimination actions.

Prior to joining Sanford Heisler Sharp, Ms. Dunn clerked for the Honorable Michael Farrell of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. After her clerkship, she joined Williams & Connolly LLP as an Associate where she litigated matters involving class action, sexual abuse, accounting fraud, defamation, medical malpractice, contract dispute, and white-collar criminal defense. Ms. Dunn then worked for six years at the United States Department of Justice Civil Rights Division.

At the Department of Justice, Ms. Dunn prosecuted federal civil rights crimes involving official and police misconduct, racially motivated violence, and human trafficking, including sex trafficking. She also conducted extensive grand jury investigations and jury trials throughout the United States and made numerous presentations to law enforcement agencies on civil rights issues. Many of Ms. Dunn’s official and police misconduct prosecutions involved allegations of sexual violence. One of her most significant cases was the successful conviction of a District Attorney for sexually abusing young men assigned to a misdemeanor diversion program. Ms. Dunn also completed a detail as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia where she appeared in court on a daily basis to handle a variety of criminal matters.


  • J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 1999
  • B.A., Yale University, 1995


  • Honorable Michael Farrell, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia


  • Member, Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia

The Waterford School Sexual Assault Lawsuit

The complaint alleges the elite private school refused to implement safeguards to protect the female student’s safety at the institution, including ignoring bullying and shunning by other students, tolerating consistent mistreatment by faculty and turning a blind eye to a traumatic rape by a male classmate with a known history of sexual harassment and physical violence.

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CDM Smith, Inc./CDM Federal Programs Corporation False Claims Act Lawsuit – $5.65 Million Settlement

Relator Vincent Bevilacqua, a former employee of CDM Smith, alleged that CDM Smith and CDM Federal Programs Corporation engaged in a scheme to submit inaccurate cost and labor hour estimates and related certifications in a contract with the Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Atlantic.

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Baltimore Apartment Complex and Property Management Company Lawsuit

Case Description Case Type: Criminal/Sexual Violence Companies: University Place Apts. LLC, University Place Apts. Partner, LLC and Signature Properties, LLC Attorneys at Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP filed a lawsuit against University Place Apts. LLC, University Place Apts. Partner, LLC and Signature Properties, LLC in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City, Maryland on behalf of Emily […]

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US Marshals Race Discrimination Class Action

In July 2012, David Sanford, a partner and founder at Sanford Heisler Sharp, a leading national public interest law firm, received a decision from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on a class action appeal filed in 2007. The decision gives the green light for certification of a class complaint originally filed in July 1994, asserting that African-Americans are systematically discriminated against based on race by the U.S. Marshall’s Service (USMS).

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