Melinda Koster

Melinda Koster
New York Partner

(646) 402-5669

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Melinda Koster represents employees with a wide range of claims, including discrimination on the basis of gender, pregnancy, and age, in both public litigation and privately negotiated settlements. She received her law degree from Stanford Law School in 2012.

After experiencing a challenging situation with my employer, I reached out to a former colleague who experienced a similar situation and obtained a successful resolution through working with Sanford Heisler Sharp. He referred me to the firm, which was some of the best advice I have ever received. When I contacted Sanford Heisler Sharp, I immediately felt confident that I made the right decision. The legal team that provided counsel on my discrimination case was extremely compassionate, committed, determined, and worked tirelessly to drive the most favorable outcome I could have ever expected. Melinda was a key member of that legal team and went above and beyond to help resolve my case. Her attention to detail, which she exhibited in seeking to understand all aspects of my case, was beyond impressive. The empathy she demonstrated as well as her dedication to my success and the success of her team was apparent at all times. And her knowledge and ability to identify individual situations and behaviors exhibited by my employer that strongly supported my case clearly demonstrated her strong expertise and commitment to success. I will always be grateful for the support and counsel provided by Melinda and the Sanford Heisler Sharp team, during a most difficult time. And you could not have a more dedicated and supportive person providing counsel for you than Melinda. Thank You!A Former Client

I am incredibly grateful to have had Melinda as one of the main attorneys handling my case. Her care, compassion, and concern helped give me the confidence I needed to continue through what was undeniably one of the most challenging circumstances I have ever faced. Her dedication to the law and her clients is unsurpassed. Melinda is an absolutely excellent example of what an attorney should be. She is a great asset to Sanford Heisler Sharp and to any client who is smart enough to have her fighting for them.A Former Client

A heartfelt thank you to Sanford Heisler Sharp for the successful resolution of my pregnancy discrimination case. Everyone I worked with at Sanford Heisler Sharp was excellent. In particular, I wanted to call out Melinda Koster who was absolutely outstanding to work with - brilliant, thoughtful, sincere, thorough yet efficient, responsive; there really aren't enough superlatives to describe her. Any firm would be so fortunate to have such a high caliber employee, and I hope to read someday about how far she has gone in the legal field.Female Financial Services Professional

When I contacted Sanford Heisler Sharp, I expected to be represented by an intelligent, accomplished, and dedicated attorney. I got that and much more with Melinda Koster. My case was far from simple, yet, Melinda spent the necessary time and asked the right questions to fully understand my situation and craft a powerful and compelling story. She demonstrated compassion and understanding during a very difficult time for me. Melinda clearly explained the pros and cons of every decision and enabled me to make the right decisions, taking into consideration my overall well-being. Melinda truly wanted the best possible outcome for me and worked tirelessly on my case. There is no better person to have in your corner than Melinda Koster. A Human Resources Executive

Thank you to Melinda, David and the Sanford Heisler Sharp team for your outstanding and winning counsel, powerful support and true humanity. It was a real privilege to work with such a professional and caring group of people. I am particularly grateful for Melinda’s hard work, sharp mind and empathy throughout the process during a very difficult time. Former Marketing Executive

Ms. Koster managed my case from the firm’s New York office. Words have power only when they are crafted to make a compelling story and Ms. Koster is a master of this. It takes more than just putting words on paper – to get the story to be powerful it takes an attorney who asks the right questions to get the information needed to organize the facts in the most forceful and emphatic manner. I could not have had a better representation for my case. A Former Client

Dear Melinda, It was a pleasure working with you. I was always impressed with your professionalism and responsiveness. Although I am confident that you had many other clients to tend to while working on my matter, you always made me feel like I was your only client. You did a great job in keeping me informed and in securing an outcome that exceeded my expectations. I enthusiastically recommend Melinda Koster and her firm, Sanford Heisler Sharp, to anyone facing employment discrimination. A Former Client

Melinda is wonderful—well organized, professional, and understanding. Her responsive work-style reassured me that my case was important, even in the context of other priorities. A Former Client

Melinda Koster is a Partner in the New York 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 Stanford Law School and her B.A. summa cum laude from Pomona College.

Melinda represents employees with a wide range of claims, including discrimination on the basis of gender, pregnancy, and age, in both public litigation and privately negotiated settlements.


Prior to joining Sanford Heisler Sharp, Melinda clerked for the Honorable Julio M. Fuentes of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and for the Honorable Esther Salas of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. She also served as a Law Fellow at Phillips & Cohen LLP, where she worked primarily on qui tam and SEC whistleblower matters.

At Stanford Law School, Melinda served as a Notes Editor for the Stanford Law Review and was the recipient of the Gerald Gunther Prize for Outstanding Performance in Employment Law. She served as the Co-President of the Stanford Public Interest Law Foundation and the Co-Chair of Stanford’s Law Students for Reproductive Justice chapter.

Melinda also participated in the Immigrants’ Rights Clinic at Stanford Law School, where she represented a client facing removal proceedings and won a motion to terminate the proceedings. As a clinic student, Melinda worked on a long-term advocacy project involving the treatment of immigrant youth in the juvenile justice system. Additionally, Melinda participated in Stanford’s Criminal Defense Clinic, where she represented indigent clients facing misdemeanor charges at various stages of their criminal proceedings.

Before law school, Ms. Koster served as a corps member of AVODAH: The Jewish Services Corps. She worked as a legal assistant at CASA de Maryland, where she helped lawyers provide direct legal services to day laborers and domestic workers and delivered know-your-rights presentations.


  • J.D., Stanford Law School, 2012
  • B.A., Pomona College, 2006, summa cum laude


  • Stanford Law School: Immigrants’ Rights Clinic; Criminal Defense Clinic


  • Honorable Julio M. Fuentes, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • Honorable Esther Salas, the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 2013

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

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