Jeremy Heisler

Jeremy Heisler
Jeremy Heisler
Vice-Chairman

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Throughout his legal career, Mr. Heisler has had notable success in employment class actions and complex multi-party and multi-state litigation, producing more than $400 million in benefits to class members.

Meet Vice-Chairman Jeremy Heisler

Meet Vice-Chairman Jeremy Heisler

Our commitment to securing justice and providing the best representation possible is reflected in a commitment to diversity within our own firm. At Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP, we know better than to think the best attorneys look alike, sound alike, think alike, or live alike. What matters is talent, and we hire the best talent available.

As a result, our team more accurately mirrors America. Women, minority, and/or openly gay lawyers make up the majority of our staff. A passion for social justice unites our team - we all work to use the power of law to help create and enforce a more just society.

Signs of Workplace Harassment by Employment Lawyer Jeremy Heisler

Signs of Workplace Harassment by Employment Lawyer Jeremy Heisler

Jeremy Heisler is Vice-Chairman and a Founding Partner of Sanford Heisler Sharp. Throughout a legal career of more than 38 years, he has achieved success in employment and civil rights class actions and complex multi-party and multi-state litigation, producing more than $500 million in benefits to class members. Jeremy has established leading employment law precedents, including the expansion of the rights of wrongfully discharged employees. He has prevailed in novel and groundbreaking litigation against some of the largest corporations in the nation.

One of his most prominent litigation victories came in In Re Novartis Wage and Hour Litigation when the Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that sales representatives employed by pharmaceutical giant Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation were entitled to overtime pay under federal, New York and California law. Because of that victory, Novartis and the plaintiffs reached a $99 million class-wide settlement, the largest wage and hour settlement in 2012.

Jeremy was also instrumental in spearheading the $28 million settlement in a suit charging that three AT&T subsidiaries wrongfully denied overtime pay to a class of First-Level Managers. Additionally, he won class certification for a group of female sales representatives who alleged that their employer engaged in gender discrimination in Velez v. Novartis. A jury ultimately returned a $250 million verdict against the company – the largest gender discrimination award in United States history.

Jeremy was also part of the Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP team that litigated on behalf of a class of women victimized by the voyeur Rabbi Bernard Freundel. The situation arose from Freundel’s secret videotaping of undressed females without their consent during the course of a Jewish religious ceremony. On September 7, 2018, the Superior Court of the District of Columbia granted preliminary approval of the $14.25 million settlement of the class action suit.

In 2015, Jeremy also co-authored an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of women’s rights organizations and individuals in Mach Mining v. Equal Opportunity Commission, a major decision on whether and how federal courts should review the EEOC’s methods of informal dispute resolution in discrimination cases. Jeremy’s successes have been as consistent as they are varied. He has prosecuted a wide range of significant class actions, including a case against G.E. Capital with a $19.2 million settlement (consumers were overcharged with illegal fees), and a case against a major leasing company with a $15 million settlement (consumers were defrauded).

Prior to founding the firm, Jeremy served as law clerk for a major appellate court in New York, where he drafted bench memoranda and judicial opinions on appeals ranging from constitutional law actions and criminal prosecutions to multi-million dollar real estate litigation.

Education

  • J.D., Brooklyn Law School, magna cum laude, 1979
  • Editor, Brooklyn Law Review
  • B.A., Brooklyn College, cum laude 1975

Clerkship

  • Law Clerk, Appellate Term, First Department 1980-1981

Bar Admissions

  • New York 1980

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York 1980
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York 1980
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit 1984

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Forest Laboratories Gender Discrimination Class Action – $4 Million Settlement

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