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.

I was terminated from my position as a leader (Director) with a large public employer because I was a woman. The process of looking for a lawyer to represent me was anxiety provoking because a good lawyer is hard to find, and an excellent lawyer is even rarer. However, excellence is exactly what I found in Sanford Heisler Sharp.

Danielle Fuschetti was lead counsel on my case; Kate MacMullin was assistant counsel; and Stephanie Smith provided administrative support. They were my “Dream Team.” They each worked closely with me by guiding me through what to do and what not to do.

My case was not only complex because of all the types of claims I had, but we were dealing with representatives from the other side that were trying very hard to make things as difficult as possible for me. Danielle was strategic throughout the process by cutting through red tape, holding the other side accountable, and very thoughtful and persuasive in presenting my case and corresponding liability to the other side.

It is rare to find a lawyer that is of superior quality and intelligence, but that is what I found in Danielle. Although my “Dream Team” is a force to be reckoned with, at the same time, they were consistently kind, compassionate, and service-oriented when working with me. There wasn’t a moment that I didn’t feel that I was in good hands.

My case settled during the pre-litigation stages of the case. I am most thankful, grateful, and happy with the settlement they got me. I can’t think of a better group of people to work with.A Former Client

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

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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.

Education

  • 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

Clerkships

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

Bar Admissions

  • California, 2013

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California

Xilinx, Inc. Lawsuit

Case Description Case Type: Gender Discrimination, Hostile Work Environment, Retaliation, Wrongful Termination, Fraud, Theft of Trade Secrets, Equal Pay, Whistleblowers Companies: Xilinx, Inc. Sanford Heisler Sharp and Fitzgerald Knaier filed a $365 million lawsuit against Xilinx, Inc. (Nasdaq: XLNX) on behalf of its former Senior Vice President of Strategic Marketing and Communications, Sabrina Joseph. Based […]

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Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. PAGA Lawsuit

The plaintiff is former Ogletree equity partner Tracy Warren, who filed the representative action on behalf of herself and other similarly situated current or former female attorneys employed in California at the storied defense-side labor and employment firm. Ms. Warren filed the action under the California Labor Code Private Attorneys General Act of 2004 (PAGA).

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Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. Gender Discrimination Lawsuit

The complaint asserts that Ogletree uses a number of tactics to shortchange female shareholders in pay and promotions. The firm manipulates allocation of origination credits by unfairly attributing such credits to male shareholders, even when women at the firm are the ones who bring in the client.

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Western Digital Class Action

This case has been settled and the class settlement is pending court approval. If the Court approves, Western Digital will make a non-reversionary payment of $7.75 million to settle class claims for gender discrimination and unequal pay for female employees.

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Oracle Commissions Wage & Hour Lawsuits

Sanford Heisler Sharp has filed claims that through the use of a long and confusing set of Terms and Conditions issued to each sales representative with his or her compensation plan, Oracle unlawfully and retroactively reduced the commissions of sales representatives based on grounds, criteria, and methods not defined in a signed commission contract. The case is currently in discovery and continuing investigation.

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Morrison & Foerster Gender, Pregnancy, and Maternity Discrimination Class and Collective Action

The Complaint, which is filed on behalf of three female associates currently employed at MoFo, alleges the international law firm practices systemic gender discrimination against female lawyers, particularly those who are pregnant or have children.

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Overland Solutions Wage & Hour Class Action – $2.4 Million Settlement

In March 2017, Sanford Heisler Sharp filed a class action complaint on behalf of Plaintiff Martin Fletscher and other California insurance inspectors who were classified by Overland Solutions, Inc.

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SeaSpine Holdings Inc. CEPA Class Action

Case Description Case Type: Gender Discrimination Company: SeaSpine Holdings Inc. Click here to read Exhibit B – Press Release

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Qualcomm Gender Discrimination Class Action – $19.5 Million Settlement

In addition to monetary relief, the settlement requires Qualcomm to institute comprehensive programmatic relief, which will ensure that female employees working, for example, in STEM and related positions will enjoy equal job opportunities at the company. The settlement on behalf of a class of approximately 3300 women was reached before Plaintiffs filed suit.

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Daiichi Sankyo Gender Pay, Promotion and Pregnancy Discrimination Class Action – $8.2 Million Settlement

In February 2013, six current and former female pharmaceutical sales professionals filed a $100 million class and collective action gender discrimination lawsuit against Daiichi Sankyo in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, alleging discrimination in pay, promotion and other terms and conditions of employment based on gender, pregnancy and family responsibilities. The case was settled for $8.2 million in 2016.

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Beth Burns Wrongful Termination Suit – $3.35+ Million Verdict

The popular women’s basketball head coach was terminated by San Diego State University with four years left on her new 5-year contract after the women’s Aztecs basketball team completed a record-breaking 27-win season. The institution initially claimed its decision to remove Burns was based on her actions during a 2013 home game between her Aztecs and Colorado State University, during which she had incidental physical contact with a male assistant coach on the Aztecs’ bench during the heat of the close game.

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  • 2021 Elite Trial Lawyers’ Rising Stars of the Plaintiffs Bar
  • Law360 Rising Stars 2021 – Employment Law
  • Named one of the Top 40 Under 40 Trial Lawyers in New York by the National Trial Lawyers Association
  • Northern California Super Lawyer Rising Star, 2018-20
  • CAOC Consumer Attorneys of the Year, Nominee, 2018
  • Bar Association of San Francisco, Justice and Diversity Center, Outstanding Volunteer, 2017
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