Mr. Ahern represents employees in individual and class actions involving discrimination and civil rights.
“Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP does some of the most innovative, effective, and zealous legal work in the employment law context. I joined the firm to continue to fight for the rights of workers and to hold employers accountable for their abuses.”
I built my professional reputation on putting company interests first, so I was blindsided when my company threatened to terminate me in a visible and unfair fashion. I was terrified to take legal action, but I’m so glad I did. Conor, Felicia, Xandra, Miriam, and David protected my role and reputation, secured a financial settlement >10x the company’s original offer, and, most importantly, gave me the strength and courage to stand up for myself. Their professionalism, candor, and warmth kept me sane through one of the darkest times in my life, and I can’t imagine going through that without them. A Former Client
I was devastated when an offer for my dream job was rescinded based on the biased opinion of a former supervisor who retaliated against me. My industry is small, and so, in addition to my deep sadness, I also felt extreme anxiety over how this retaliatory animus would continue to haunt my career. Because of Kate, Felicia, Conor, and their team, I not only reached an amicable financial settlement but I also found peace of mind knowing that this person could no longer discriminate against me. I also earned the satisfaction of holding a major company accountable for condoning retaliatory behavior. I cannot thank Sanford Heisler Sharp enough for supporting me wholeheartedly and giving me solid ground to stand on again. A Director
Conor Ahern is an Associate 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. He received his J.D. from Harvard Law School and his B.A. from the University of Virginia.
Mr. Ahern represents employees in individual and class actions involving discrimination and civil rights. Prior to joining Sanford Heisler Sharp, Mr. Ahern worked as a staff attorney at the New York City Commission on Human Rights, the agency tasked with enforcing New York City’s anti-discrimination law, and at the ACLU’s Women’s Rights Project on a Ford Foundation Postgraduate Fellowship before that.
At Harvard Law, Mr. Ahern served as a board member of Lambda, the American Constitutional Society, Students for Reproductive Justice, and helped found Queer/Transgender People of Color. He interned with the National LGBTQ Task Force, Legal Aid at Work, and the ACLU of Pennsylvania.
- J.D., Harvard Law School, 2015
- B.A., University of Virginia, 2008
- Employment Law Clinic
- Mediation Clinic
- Bankruptcy Clinic
- New York 2016
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
- 2021 Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch – Recognized for work in the field of "Employment Law - Individuals"
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