Meredith Firetog is a Senior Litigation Counsel in the New York office. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Swarthmore College, received a Masters of Studies in Women’s Studies from the University of Oxford, and her law degree from Stanford Law School in 2014.
I contacted David Sanford at Sanford Heisler Sharp after I was suddenly terminated from my executive role after twenty-three years of service. I shared my story with David, Meredith, Alok and Alex. The company culture had always been hostile towards women. I was one of the very few women in an executive role. I survived by keeping my head down and consistently outperforming my male peers but was suddenly replaced by a man I suspected was paid more to perform the same job I did. We filed claims under the Equal Pay Act and Title VII. Despite the opposition’s constant delay tactics, which was almost three years’ worth, Meredith Firetog was professional, caring, persistent and tenacious when necessary. Meredith, Alok and Alex were just the team I needed to battle the good ol’ boy culture that resonated throughout the private family conglomerate.A Former Client, President & General Manager
There aren't enough words to explain my gratitude for Meredith Firetog, Claire, and the Sanford Heisler team. As a strong woman of color, I worked in a mostly white male-dominated university for over fifteen years. As an employee, I rose through the ranks quickly because of the quality of my work. After all of those years of dedicated service, I never expected to experience discrimination. During our first meeting, I was in shock, broken, humiliated, and traumatized by my former employer's treatment.
I was met with compassion when I walked into their office. Meredith and Claire listened to me and validated my experience. They gave me the words to help understand what happened. They believed me.
Taking the step to obtain justice was not an easy decision, but Meredith explained the process, terminology, and any other questions every step of the way. She helped me craft emails I needed to send to make sure the messaging was consistent and solid. She always responded to my emails promptly. I never felt like I was "just some client." Suing a large university was not an easy decision, but I am so thankful that I had this law firm fighting.
I am grateful for the outcome of the case but even more so impressed with the treatment. I will never forget Meredith and Claire. Former University Administrator
If you are reading this, you are likely in the midst of a very difficult journey. I know, because I went through it myself, and I am here to tell you that if you stay positive and trust your Sanford Heisler Sharp team, the road can be transformational and yield amazing results. . . . Russell and Meredith fought for me, and also held my hand throughout the process, during which I experienced some of the lowest lows of my life. We spoke almost every day, to the point where I was very sad to see our relationship end (although they will always be in my life because I'll never stop emailing them :)). Most importantly, they got me to the best possible resolution for me. My path has taken a sharp turn for the better, and they had a huge part to play in that fact. You will be OK at the end of this because you have Sanford Heisler Sharp; trust the process and know that life is infinitely better on the other side of an environment that is holding you back from realizing your full potential in life. Anonymous
Meredith Firetog is Senior Litigation Counsel 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, M.St. with distinction from the University of Oxford, and B.A. with high honors from Swarthmore College.
Prior to joining Sanford Heisler Sharp, Ms. Firetog clerked for the Honorable Gregory H. Woods of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Before her clerkship, Ms. Firetog was a litigation associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, where she worked on a variety of complex commercial litigation matters and various pro bono cases. In 2015, she was named a Sanctuary for Families Above & Beyond Honoree for Excellence in Pro Bono Advocacy for her representation of a sex trafficking victim seeking U.S. citizenship.
At Stanford Law School, Ms. Firetog was a member of the Stanford Law Review, serving as the Senior Symposium Editor for the 2014 symposium commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act. She was also the Symposium Editor for the Stanford Law and Policy Review’s 2013 symposium entitled Roe v. Wade at 40. She additionally served the Co-President of the Stanford Public Interest Law Foundation, and served on the board of Women of Stanford Law. She was awarded the John Hart Ely Prize for Outstanding Performance in Gender, Law, and Public Policy. While at Stanford Law, Ms. Firetog participated in the Community Law Clinic, where she represented clients facing eviction proceedings as well as individuals seeking social security disability benefits. She also participated in Stanford’s International Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Clinic, where she conducted field research and contributed to a report concerning human rights violations in India.
- J.D., Stanford Law School, 2014
- M.St., University of Oxford, 2011, distinction
- B.A., Swarthmore College, 2010, high honors, Phi Beta Kappa
- Stanford Law School: International Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Clinic
- Stanford Law School: Community Law Clinic
- Honorable Gregory H. Woods, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
- New York, 2015
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York