Lucy Zhou

Prior to joining the firm, Lucy clerked for the Honorable Dale A. Drozd of the Eastern District of California.

"I chose to join Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP because I am dedicated to using my law degree to promote racial and economic justice. I am honored to join a talented team committed to the same causes."

After suffering years of gender discrimination, enduring a hostile work environment and arguing for equal pay, my law firm attempted to turn the tables on me, even filing suit against me to silence me, when they realized that I was pursuing legal action against them. I was devastated after decades of excellent performance and loyalty to the firm, and oh so very vulnerable and feeling all alone. Words will never fully capture how grateful I am to Deborah Marcuse, who saw the injustice and unfairness and recognized the extreme impact it was having on me and my young family, for taking on my complicated case at a time when I know that she was beyond busy and for turning the tables back on the bad actors. The entire team, Deborah, Saba, Ryan, Lucy, and Carol, worked tirelessly on my behalf. They are an incredibly effective team and obtained a good result for me in mediation, but, most importantly, they were beyond compassionate. Thanks to Saba and Ryan for the amazing brief they submitted in response to the ridiculous lawsuit and handling the preliminary negotiations. Lucy and Carol, thank you for keeping me in the loop and staying on top of everything. You made mediation so much more bearable. And Deborah, you have no idea how much you did for me – not only did you achieve a great result, you helped me at a time when I needed it most, and there wasn’t a single moment that you didn’t fully understand exactly how I was feeling. You helped me get my life back, and I will never forget that. If you find yourself in need of employment counsel, I highly recommend Sanford Heisler Sharp. They are excellent lawyers; defendants respect them, and they will help you navigate through the intense emotional experience so that you always know that you are not alone. Am Law 100 Partner

Lucy Zhou is an Associate in the Baltimore 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. cum laude from New York University School of Law and her B.A. magna cum laude from Amherst College.

Prior to joining the firm, Lucy clerked for the Honorable Dale A. Drozd of the Eastern District of California. During law school, Lucy served as an Arthur Garfield Hays Civil Liberties Fellow and an Executive Editor of the Review of Law and Social Change. She also participated in the Reproductive Justice Clinic and the Employment Law Clinic, and during her summers, interned with the ACLU’s Racial Justice Program and the Southern Poverty Law Center. She is a recipient of the Derrick Bell Scholarship for Public Service and the Ann Petluck Poses Memorial Prize for outstanding work in a clinical course.


  • J.D., New York University School of Law, 2017, cum laude
  • B.A., Amherst College, 2010, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa


    Honorable Dale A. Drozd, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California


  • Employment Law Clinic
  • Reproductive Justice Clinic

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 2018
  • Maryland, 2020

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland

Maryland Unconstitutional Immigration Detention Class Action

The complaint alleges that during bond hearings before the Baltimore Immigration Court, the government violates the constitutional rights of detainees when it requires that a detainee, rather than the government, bear the burden of proving that they are not a flight risk or a danger to the community in order to be freed.

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