Danielle Fuschetti

Danielle Fuschetti
Danielle Fuschetti
San Francisco Partner

(415) 795-2022

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Danielle Fuschetti is a Partner in the San Francisco office who works primarily on matters ranging from private negotiations to class action lawsuits.

David Sanford and Danielle Fuschetti helped me with two cases with great results. They were attentive to detail from the first call and assisted me every step of the way with an unbelievable work ethic. It took David and every brilliant team member's hard work to achieve a satisfactory outcome. I am forever grateful for being able to find such a great team to work with. The team at Sanford Heisler consists of great people who are not only very skillful in the legal domain, but are also wonderful human beings with the highest degree of empathy for their clients. They helped me to go through the process of a lengthy legal battle with relative ease because I was confident that they were behind me to support, to consult, to help. David exemplifies how a great lawyer and human being should behave and conduct business. The firm he built is wonderful and I would recommend anyone who has any doubt in their workplace to contact David and Sanford Heisler Sharp. A Female Director in a Tech Company

Danielle Fuschetti is a Partner in the San Francisco office of Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP, a national law firm with offices in the District of Columbia, New York, California, Tennessee, and Maryland. She received her J.D. from the University of Michigan School of Law and her B.A. magna cum laude from Dartmouth College.

Ms. Fuschetti represents workers in matters ranging from private negotiations to class action lawsuits.

Ms. Fuschetti’s first internships were with legal services organizations providing direct legal assistance to indigent clients at Pine Tree Legal Assistance in Machias, Maine, and New Hampshire Legal Assistance, in Concord, New Hampshire. She went on to clerk in the Office of General Counsel in the Appeals Division of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, where she worked on amicus briefs addressing the rights of pregnant and disabled workers. After law school, Danielle litigated a wide range of employment law cases at a boutique employer defense firm before joining Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP.

During law school, she was an Article Editor for the Michigan Journal of Gender and Law and an editor of the Michigan Journal of Environmental and Administrative law. She also externed at the Center for WorkLife Law in San Francisco, where she worked on policy issues affecting pregnant workers and those with caregiving responsibilities and co-authored a law review article titled “A Sip of Cool Water: Pregnancy Accommodation After the ADA Amendments Act, 32 Yale L. & Pol’y Rev. 97 (2013).” Ms. Fuschetti is currently a board member at the Center for WorkLife Law.

In addition to helping workers assert their rights in court, Danielle enjoys writing and speaking about the law and participating in pro bono advocacy.


  • J.D., University of Michigan School of Law, 2013
  • Article Editor, Michigan Journal of Gender and Law
  • Editor, Michigan Journal of Environmental and Administrative Law
  • B.A., Dartmouth College, 2010, magna cum laude


  • Office of General Counsel in the Appeals Division of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Bar Admissions

  • California, 2013

Court Admissions

  • The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Northern District of California
  • Central District of California
  • Southern District of California

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