Jonathan Tepe

Prior to joining Sanford Heisler Sharp, Mr. Tepe clerked for the Honorable Sarah A. L. Merriam, United States Magistrate Judge for the District of Connecticut.

“I chose to work for Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP so that I could help effect positive change by litigating public interest and social justice cases while working alongside all of the incredibly smart and passionate attorneys at the Firm.”

As a client of Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP, I had the opportunity of working with its attorneys at multiple locations: Ms. Ella Zheng and Mr. Yikai Wang (in San Francisco), Ms. Leigh Anne St. Charles and Messrs. Kevin Sharp and Jonathan Tepe (in Nashville), and Mr. Andrew Melzer (in New York). Collectively the SHS team represented the highest level of professionalism, integrity, and passionate care for justice that I have ever witnessed in my career.

Like many individual plaintiffs, I was faced with a corporate defendant that was much more resourceful. The SHS team never showed any hesitation in representing me or wavered in their resolution to right the wrong. The attorneys and assistants worked through maternity, coronavirus infection, over-night depositions and many other challenges for nearly three years to ultimately deliver a resounding success!

I am forever indebted to Sanford Heisler Sharp’s perseverance and kindness. Last three years were such a lifetime experience that I will never forget.David Chen

Jonathan Tepe is an Associate in the Nashville 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 Columbia Law School and his B.A. from the Ohio State University.

Mr. Tepe represents employees in individual and class actions involving discrimination, retaliation, and civil rights. He also works on Sanford Heisler Sharp’s opioid litigation, in which the firm represents dozens of counties and cities across the nation in their claims against some of the largest companies in the pharmaceutical industry. Mr. Tepe has also worked on a variety of pro bono matters, including appealing the denial of asylum, withholding of removal, and Convention Against Torture protection before the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, as well as representing low-income individuals facing eviction and consumer fraud.

Prior to joining Sanford Heisler Sharp, Mr. Tepe clerked for the Honorable Sarah A. L. Merriam, United States Magistrate Judge for the District of Connecticut. Before his clerkship, Mr. Tepe was a litigation associate at Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he worked on a variety of complex commercial litigation and pro bono matters. Mr. Tepe also served as a Neighborhood Team Leader for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 Presidential Campaign, and he has volunteered on a number of state and local campaigns.

At Columbia Law School, Mr. Tepe was a member of the Human Rights Law Review and participated in the Human Rights Internship Program. Mr. Tepe contributed to litigation seeking to secure adequate furniture for impoverished schools as an intern with the Legal Resources Centre in Grahamstown, South Africa. He also defended low-income families as an extern with The Bronx Defenders and worked to expand voting rights as an extern with The Center for Popular Democracy.

Credentials

  • J.D., Columbia Law School, 2015
  • B.A., Ohio State University, 2012

Clerkship

  • Honorable Sarah A. L. Merriam, Magistrate Judge in the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee
  • Ohio

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio

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