Jennifer Siegel

Jennifer Siegel
Jennifer Siegel
Senior Litigation Counsel

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Jennifer Siegel is a Senior Litigation Counsel in the NY office who works on both qui tam/whistleblower cases and on gender discrimination cases. She received her law degree from Harvard Law School in 2011.

Meet Jennifer Siegel

Meet Jennifer Siegel

My experience with Sanford Heisler was truly transformative. Through our litigation against Columbia University, David Sanford, Jenn Siegel, and Ali Stack helped me reclaim not only my professional standing but also my dignity. Together, we set a precedent for accountability in the academy of which I could not be more proud. From beginning to end, I was awed by Sanford Heisler's tireless commitment to civil rights and their clients' well-being. I think of my attorneys and the extraordinary impact they have had on my life every day. Jane Doe

Jennifer Siegel is a Senior Litigation Counsel in the NY office who works on both qui tam/whistleblower cases and on gender discrimination cases. She received her law degree from Harvard Law School in 2011.

Ms. Siegel represents clients in qui tam suits under the U.S. False Claims Act, as well in discrimination suits and other public interest matters. Most recently, in the case of United States of America ex rel. Ohlmeyer v. City of New York (E.D.N.Y.), she successfully represented a whistleblower who revealed that the City of New York Department of Education had submitted false claims for special education services.

Ms. Siegel currently serves as counsel in United States of America et al. ex rel. Raffington v. Bon Secours New York Health System, Inc. et al. (S.D.N.Y. 1:10-cv-09650), a case alleging unlawful billing fraud by a home healthcare company that provided nursing services to elderly and homebound patients in the Bronx and Westchester.

Ms. Siegel is licensed to practice law in New York and New Jersey.

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While at Harvard Law School, Ms. Siegel served as an editor of the Journal on Legislation and as a research assistant to Dean Martha Minow.  As research assistant to the dean, she compiled and analyzed social science research for a book about the evolution of education policy in the wake of Brown v. Board of Education.

Prior to law school, Ms. Siegel was a political correspondent for the Forward newspaper and has seen her reporting and commentary featured on CNN, NPR, and in the pages of national publications. Ms. Siegel also has worked as an advocate for sustainable transportation and land-use policy in the New York metropolitan area and led campaigns on environmental issues in Missouri, North Carolina, and Florida.

Education

  • J.D., Harvard Law School, 2011
  • General Board, Journal on Legislation
  • B.A., Harvard College, 2001

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • New York

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey

Columbia University Title IX Lawsuit

The Complaint, brought under the federal Title IX law as well as the New York City Human Rights Law, alleges that Columbia University and Professor Harris have consistently and systematically violated the rights of the now 29-year-old Plaintiff Jane Doe, with Professor Harris, now age 79, subjecting her to sexual harassment and other sexual exploitation and Columbia University ignoring her complaints.

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United States of America et al. v. Bon Secours New York Health System, Inc., et al.

Relator asserts that between December 2004 until 2015, Bon Secours Health System, Inc., Bon Secours New York Health System and Schervier Long Term Home Health Care Program defrauded Medicaid and Medicare by filing millions of dollars in false claims for home health services provided to elderly and homebound patients.

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Norton Rose Fulbright/Chadbourne & Parke LLP Gender Discrimination Class Action – $3.1 Million Settlement

According to Plaintiff Kerrie Campbell, a nationally recognized trial lawyer and partner in Chadbourne’s Washington, DC office, female partners at the firm are excluded from positions of decision-making authority and receive less pay and bonuses even when they out-perform their male counterparts. There is only a one-tier partnership, with every partner characterized as an equity partner.

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re Gateway Plaza Residents Litigation

The class action suit is brought by Maureen Koetz, a resident of the neighborhood’s Gateway Plaza, a development with more than 1,700 rental units in the heart of lower Manhattan. Ms. Koetz, a former vice-president of the Gateway Tenants’ Association, describes how temperatures inside the complex regularly dropped to below 55 degrees this winter as well as past winters.

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United States ex rel. Gale v. Omnicare (N.D. Ohio) – $120 Million Settlement

Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP, a leading public interest law firm, teamed with three other law firms in settling a whistleblower (“qui tam”) lawsuit Omnicare, Inc. (NYSE: OCR), the nation’s largest provider of pharmacy services to nursing home patients. Under the agreement, Omnicare has agreed to pay the United States $120 million to resolve kickback and false-claims allegations brought by Donald Gale, an Ohio pharmacist who worked for the company’s Wadsworth, Ohio pharmacy from 1993 until 2010.

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United States ex rel. Ohlmeyer v. City of New York (E.D.N.Y.) – $1,375,000 Settlement

Sanford Heisler Sharp successfully represented Dana Ohlmeyer, a psychologist in the New York City public schools, in the case of Ohlmeyer ex rel. United States of America v. City of New York, a whistleblower action brought pursuant to the qui tam provisions of the federal False Claims Act, 31 U.S.C. Sections 3729-33. In her complaint, Relator Ohlmeyer alleged that between 2001 to 2004 the City of New York Department of Education (“DOE”) submitted false claims to Medicaid for psychological counseling services to special education students in the New York City public schools. After intervention by the United States, the City settled the lawsuit in January, 2014 for $1,375,000.

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U.S. Tennis Scores A Win for Pregnant Players, But Too Many Pregnant Women Face Discrimination At Work

It’s been a big month for reducing the stigma of pregnant women at work: First, the Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, 37, became the first world leader in three decades to give birth while in office (and only the second world leader overall ever!). Second, in a move aptly billed as “an ace […]

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Supreme Court Update:  Justices Send Racially “Packed” Voting Districts Packing

The Supreme Court handed a major victory to voting rights plaintiffs on May 22, with a decision that struck down the boundaries of two congressional districts in North Carolina as impermissibly effecting race discrimination.  Cooper v. Harris, with a majority decision written by Justice Kagan, takes aim at the practice of diluting the power of […]

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Scandinavians See Parental Benefits Through Feminist Lens

Americans dreaming of better work-life balance often set their sights on Scandinavia, and for good reason: The region boasts some of world’s most generous parental leave policies. Sweden, for example, permits new parents to take a full year of compensated leave, split between both parents. (The policy has inspired a photo project, “Swedish Dads,” which […]

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Coming Soon to a Workplace Near You?: Published Pay Information

For every woman who’s ever questioned if she is paid less than her male colleagues, President Obama has an answer: Let’s run the numbers. According to a proposed rule, businesses with more than 100 employees will soon provide salary data to the EEOC annually, along with the more general information on workforce demographics employers have […]

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California Leads the Way in Equal Pay

In the realm of American politics and culture, California is known for leading the way on a host of issues, from the environment to the tech boom. Now the Golden State is poised to launch one of the nation’s boldest attempts to fix pay inequality between men and women. The state’s proposed Fair Pay Act, […]

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The Wife Bonus

Should a feminist (married) woman accept payment from her husband for a job well done? This question set the internet hive a flutter since a piece in The New York Times detailed the so-called “wife bonuses” allegedly commonly collected by hyper-privileged women on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. According to Wednesday Martin, author of the forthcoming […]

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Religious Groups Support Same-Sex Marriage As a Lesbian Rabbi Shatters a Glass Ceiling

As the Supreme Court prepares to address the constitutionality of same-sex marriage bans, the acceptance of gay marriage continues to blossom across the religious spectrum. Most notably, earlier this month the Presbyterian Church USA — the largest Presbyterian denomination in the U.S., with some 1.8 million members —adopted a definition of marriage that is more […]

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Opening the Pipeline for Women in Science

Just as women are over-represented in traditionally female fields such as teaching and childcare, they remain a scant presence in the so-called “STEM” fields of science, technology, engineering, and math. According to recent U.S. census data, they make up only one-quarter of all STEM workers. Although there are many reasons for this dearth, two new […]

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Pay Disparity on the Silver Screen

Think fast: Can you name three pictures in which the actor Jeremy Renner has appeared? I ask this question because: (1) I wonder if I am uniquely out-of-step with pop culture; and (2) Renner is at the center of a growing conversation about Hollywood’s gendered pay gap. Due to the recent Sony leaks, we learned […]

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A Cosby Lesson: Power Differentials Silence Assault Survivors at Work

Like many children of the 1980s, I grew up on The Cosby Show. Amid the jokes and physical comedy, the show painted a legendarily wholesome portrait not only of an admirable and loving African-American family, but also of Cosby himself as a male obstetrician who loyally supported and was adored by his female patients and […]

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