We know that injustice often harms the people who can least afford it. By handling most of our cases on a contingency fee basis, Sanford Heisler Sharp provides our clients with equal access to legal representation. We level the playing field so that your voice is heard. Below is a collection of testimonials from past clients.
Outstanding and second to none.
Thank you Deborah, David, and Alec so much for all of the time, advice, and legal expertise you have provided. The care you have taken to date has been outstanding and second to none! It has been truly valued and appreciated. — Female Partner at AmLaw 100 Firm
Compassionate outstanding advocates.
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
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. — A Former Client
David Sanford called me on Super Bowl Sunday (imagine that!) to let me know that SHS would represent me. From start to finish, my legal team, Russell Kornblith, Ed Chapin, Adán Martinez and Natalie Chew, demonstrated its intricate knowledge and interpretation of employment law, specifically the risks and psychology of my employer’s strategy. As the case progressed quickly and constructively, I felt understood and respected throughout each step of the journey. The outcome was beyond what I could have imagined! I thank SHS in my heart every time I read about them in the press. Just be thankful that they are on YOUR side and not the opposing counsel! — Former Banking Executive
I wanted to thank in particular Saba Bireda for her unwavering focus, patience, diligence and legal acumen. Excellent job ... really well done. Many thanks to both her and Gabi Weldon for hanging in there with me. They are perfectionists and the result speaks for itself. And, of course, thanks to David Sanford for providing the strong foundation/strategy and for matching me with his team! Wow! I am still smiling with happiness from the result! I finally am sleeping at night and a huge burden has been lifted. Thank you ... it means everything to me. I couldn’t be happier.— A Female Television Executive
My experience with Sanford Heisler was truly transformative. Through our litigation against Columbia University, David Sanford, Jenn Siegel, and Ali Stack helped me reclaim not only my professional standing but also my dignity. Together, we set a precedent for accountability in the academy of which I could not be more proud. From beginning to end, I was awed by Sanford Heisler's tireless commitment to civil rights and their clients' well-being. I think of my attorneys and the extraordinary impact they have had on my life every day.— Jane Doe
Extremely knowledgeable and professional.
I worked with the Sanford Heisler Sharp team on an employment law matter involving gender and racial discrimination. While I am sure the firm had many other cases, I felt like I was a priority to the firm. They were reachable at all times and stayed close to me during the entire process. All of their staff members, from the paralegals/legal assistants to the partners, were extremely knowledgeable and professional. They made an unpleasant experience more tolerable. — A Former Client
A powerful opponent.
I contacted David Sanford based on a recommendation when I was wrongfully terminated from my executive-level role. The case was complex since it involved a well-known and high-powered attorney that was threatening to ruin me and my reputation if I proceeded with the case. David, Adán Martinez and Mariel Brunman were extremely classy, professional, and level-headed throughout the entire process and brought a tremendous amount of comfort and support to me. My opinions were valued, my doubts always heard, and I was always reassured with full transparency, integrity, and partnership. David and his team built a strong case and ultimately managed to reach a successful outcome through mediation that not only sent a strong message on wrongful termination but it gave me my credibility and confidence back. David and his team are competent, strategic, and a powerful opponent. They fought for me and were the voice I needed and wanted to represent me through this time. — A Former Client
I want to start off with a sincere apology for not thanking you and your hardworking team for everything you have done for myself, and all of the other wonderful ladies. My gratitude to you all is beyond words and although there is still pain, I am so thankful that I had you as a voice. Hearing about our collective victory against these horrible people, really evokes extreme emotions. I have been processing this entire experience and I should have responded to your email much quicker. You have changed my life. You have changed all of our lives. You gave us all a chance to fight against something that was wrong & I appreciate you more than anything. So thank you again, I will never forget what you’ve done for me & I am grateful for having people like you out in this world. I truly love you all.— A Former Client
A tremendous result.
David Sanford and his team achieved a tremendous result in obtaining a confidential-seven-digit settlement from my company, and measurable change. I had approached my former company through its internal channels about the stark gender pay disparity. Unfortunately, my concerns went unanswered. That is until David Sanford and team reached out to them. We held a confidential mediation and settled the case without filing a lawsuit. All the while David and team were professional, attentive, passionate, and wicked smart. As a corporate employment attorney myself, I can say that David is the most skilled plaintiff’s lawyer that I’ve ever met. He is caring, humble, ever graceful, and unwavering in character. Other lawyers may huff and puff, but defense counsel know that David has the skills and the bench strength to follow through with his demands. I couldn’t have asked for a better team. And having put the episode behind me, I accepted a position at a new company in a better role for fair pay. — A Former Client
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
Amazing efforts and results.
I turned to Sanford Heisler Sharp after numerous unsuccessful efforts of sharing my concerns of bias and gender discrimination to my management. The discrimination continued for many years. I had a long successful career, a Masters degree in Organizational Management, with numerous awarded accomplishments. So, I decided I was no longer going to allow the discrimination to continue to myself or others. David Sanford and his team took on this giant international company, with concern and respect, diligence, detail, and an in-depth understanding of the numerous levels of inequities of gender discrimination from training, promotions, salaries and harassment within the company's culture. They achieved both a great outcome of compensation for the victims, and helped insure a plan of corrective measures for the company. I would highly recommend Sanford Heisler Sharp, their amazing efforts and results made such a positive difference to so many, and could do the same for you. It certainly did for me. — Deborah Doak Davis, Plaintiff in Novartis Gender Discrimination Matter
In good hands.
There are not enough words to express my gratitude. Thanks to Ed Chapin I have my life back. The situation I was dealing with made me feel trapped and that I had little control over my life. Everything at work is so much better now. I have peace. The years of pain and difficulty I had lived with are finally over. Now I can just do my job. It is amazing to me how much better my life is. Ed truly cared and listened to every step of the way and I knew I was in good hands. This was one of the scariest times in my life and now I can say my future feels bright and I have a feeling of peace and security. I am so grateful. — J.W., Former Client
Superbly trained and accomplished.
David Sanford is simply the best attorney I have ever worked with. His team of lawyers and staff are superbly trained and accomplished. David represented me and family members and we settled during the litigation. I've never seen anybody handle depositions and mediation as masterfully and skillfully as David Sanford does. I highly recommend this world class firm to everyone. — A Former Client
My experience with your firm was very positive from the moment I made my first call into the office to the last moment in which my case was closed. — Melanie Rattray, Former Client
Above and beyond.
I highly recommend Ed Chapin with Sanford Heisler Sharp. Ed Chapin was there for me at my most vulnerable time in life. He and his team handled my case with extreme care and sensitivity. Instead of feeling like a mere client who represents financial gain to a law firm, I truly felt that I was treated with the same care and respect as would be given to a close family member or friend. Knowing Ed’s outstanding trial history and many decades of experience helped to give me a peace of mind through a stressful process. Ed truly went above and beyond to get me the justice I deserved. He has the utmost standards of professionalism, fairness, and dedication in his dealings with clients. If it wasn’t for Ed, I know that I wouldn’t have my confidence or voice back. He truly believed in me and fought tirelessly to get me the closure I needed. Ed Chapin is without question one of the best attorneys in the country and equally as noble of a man. — A Former Client
Reassuring and confident.
Dear Michael, thank you and your team for all that you did to help me resolve my recent legal issues. Everyone I interacted with at Sanford Heisler Sharp was, not only accomplished and brilliant at what they do, but also good people with good values. One of the things that impressed me the most was your firm’s philosophy that the client well-being comes first. There were times that I thought things would not be resolved and I was repeatedly told that your firm’s focus was on me and the outcome for me, independent of any compensation to the firm. Though times were sometimes stressful, you and everyone at the firm were reassuring and confident. I could not have asked for a better firm and people to work with. Thank you again. I sincerely appreciate all that you did for me. — A Former Client
Thorough, professional and efficient.
I could not be happier with my Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP experience. Confronting racial discrimination in the workplace was the hardest decision I've made in my 20+ year career. Vincent McKnight understood my situation immediately and helped me to clearly understand the pros and cons of my options. David Sanford got my former employer's full attention and confidentially resolved my employment matter in a very thorough, professional and efficient manner. He was steady throughout the entire process and it was extremely reassuring to see him fight for me. Great attorneys who are also excellent at listening to the client.— M.B., Former Client
I just want to send my sincerest thanks to Kate and Sophie for their work regarding my case. Standing up to my former employer after being illegally fired was a very difficult situation for me, and I appreciate their help during this entire process. It means a lot that they took my case and handled it so carefully and considerately. I feel confident in my ability to move on due to this settlement. — A Recording Industry Marketing Professional
Kate Mueting is by far one of the most brilliant attorneys I've ever worked with. Her commitment, professionalism and authenticity made a very difficult time manageable. Julia Coppelman also provided outstanding service and professionalism and my hope is that Sanford Heisler Sharp is fortunate enough to count Julia amongst its amazing team of attorneys in the near future. The legal expertise and dedication as well as the excellent, consistent communication was continually exemplified for the duration of my case. Should I find myself or any colleagues and friends in need of legal representation in the future I will not hesitate to send them your way. — A Former Client
I contacted Sanford Heisler Sharp based on their stellar reputation supporting gender equality in the pharma industry. Kate Mueting and her team provided sound guidance when addressing my request for fair and equal treatment. They were engaged, treated me professionally, set realistic expectations and handled the situation masterfully. Thanks to Kate and her great team, I received strong support and never felt I was left out on a limb to fight this battle solo. In fact, this helped my confidence and tenacity to endure almost a year and a half fighting for my rights and those of fellow colleagues. With Sanford Heisler Sharp, we got the attention of company leadership and made positive strides for not only myself, but for other women as well. — A Former Client
Thank you Kate and the Sanford Heisler Sharp team for your support, guidance, and wise counsel during this process. It is indeed a daunting process and your professionalism and encouragement helped see me through. — A Female Communications Executive
Very professional and proficient.
I have the utmost appreciation and respect for the Sanford Heisler Sharp Law Firm. Our case was complex and it included a number of plaintiffs. As a result, there were multiple lawyers and paralegals assigned to us. Everyone I communicated with was very professional and proficient in their role. Their communication, timely follow up and thoroughness in answering all of our questions conveyed their desire to meet or exceed the expectations of their clients. I feel that the SH team worked earnestly towards a fair resolution on our behalf. I appreciate them very much for giving us a voice, and validating our concerns by their willingness to represent us. — E.M. Coleman, Former Client
Attention to detail.
I have worked with Sanford Heisler Sharp for a number of years. The firm continues to impress me with its hard work, talent, and attention to detail. I trust Sanford Heisler Sharp implicitly and look forward to working with them in the future. — Dr. David Langton, MD
I was very pleased that I chose Sanford Heisler Sharp to represent me in my separation negotiations. Four aspects of that negotiation stand out in my mind: 1) the experience and talent of their attorneys; 2) the scope and breadth of their legal expertise across many different areas of labor law, which they used very effectively to augment my negotiation position; 3) their continuous alignment of attorney/client interests and deference to allowing me to make informed decisions on the direction of my case; and 4) their credibility and well-known reputation for aggressively pursuing and winning legal claims, which I believe highly motivated my counterparty to seek a faster and more substantial settlement than would otherwise have been available. — L. C., Former Client
Dedication and hard work.
First let me thank you again for your dedication and hard work that you and your team provided to our case against King's Court. Words can not express what you and your team did. It was a joy working with your entire team. You gave your very best. I have never experienced such hardship and turmoil in my young adult life but working with you it was worth it. You informed us from the very beginning that what we were about to do would take time, would take endurance, and you would be in the fight with us as long as we were together. This was a stressful situation but you made it bearable. Again I want to thank you and your team for all you did and how you prevailed. — Katie Major-Tucker, Former Client
Record of success.
Even among the nation’s top tier class action and plaintiffs law firms, Sanford Heisler Sharp stands out in its record of success. Led by David Sanford and Jeremy Heisler, this Firm has proven again and again it has the necessary talent, experience, intelligence, creativity, and resources to represent workers and whistleblowers successfully against even the country’s largest employers. — Lorene Schaefer, Esq., President of WinWinResolve.com and Former GC of GE Transportation
It’s encouraging to work with a group of attorneys who are steadfastly committed not just to the clients, but to the cause of women’s equality. That dedication, combined with their remarkable knowledge and skill, allows them to attain momentous verdicts and results that set Sanford Heisler Sharp apart from other firms. — Jacqueline Pena, Lead Plaintiff in The Class Action Wellens v. Daiichi
Stepped up to the plate.
I work hard to support my family, and when my employer wasn’t compensating me for all of the hours I was putting in, Sanford Heisler Sharp stepped up to the plate. They handled the matter so expertly that not only did they get a great result, but also made it possible for me to continue working at the same company throughout the litigation and beyond. After what the Firm did for me, my family, and my colleagues, I don’t hesitate to send anyone needing help with their employer to Sanford Heisler Sharp. — Terri Kelly, Plaintiff in In re Novartis
A real pleasure.
I'm sure this is the case with other clients [Kate, Aimee, and Cansu] have worked with, but in my own experience it is uncommon, I think, to develop such a bond so quickly with attorneys . . . . I think [they] are masterful at molding [their] advocacy beautifully around the needs and the personality of [their] client . . . without compromising the strength of the representation one bit. It is a real pleasure to know [them]. — Former Client
I contacted Sanford Heisler Sharp because of its stellar reputation as a champion for workplace gender equality. The Firm’s reputation is well-deserved. Through the Firm’s assistance, I achieved a settlement that allowed me to get out of a toxic, discriminatory work environment, and we sent a strong message that such unequal treatment of women will not be tolerated in this day and age. — Former Client and VP of a Major Technology Company
Kindness and compassion.
Each member of the Sanford Heisler Sharp team shows ultimate professionalism, mastery of the law, unwavering dedication to the clients and passion for the cause. And most important to me, kindness and compassion. — Donna Kassman, Lead Plaintiff in The Gender Discrimination Class Action Against KPMG
Achieve great results.
As an attorney on the defense side, I can say there is simply no one better than Sanford Heisler Sharp. That view is shared by defense attorneys around the country. They outwork the other side, master the law and facts, and achieve great results. — Maria Hallas, Attorney and Journalist
Professional and even-tempered.
David has the largely unique ability to be extremely aggressive and, at the same time, both very professional and even-tempered. Defendants who have a claim asserted by David Sanford and his firm know they have their hands full. You know you’re going to have a real fight on your hands. — Glen Nager, Partner at Jones Day
I can attest to Vince McKnight’s skills as a lawyer after a particularly difficult situation in my workplace arose. Who am I going to call when facing trouble? I’m calling Vince and his firm. Period. — Denise Slaughter, Client from Washington, DC
Exceeded our expectations.
We retained Mr. McKnight to represent us in a qui tam matter against one of our competitors that we suspected was violating the federal government contracting guidelines and certifications. The efficiency with which our claim was filed, heard and settled exceeded our expectations and we wouldn’t hesitate to utilize his expertise if the need ever arose again. — Malcolm Wilson, President at Perry & Wilson, Inc.
We retained Vince McKnight several years ago in a qui tam matter against a company that was illegally selling lamps and furniture to the U.S. government. He explained the process and was personally available and attentive throughout the course of the action. We had a successful outcome, which was important to our company, and to other companies, like mine, that followed the government contract guidelines. — Louis M Scutellaro, President at Mario Industries
When I suffered a grievous injury, I turned to Vincent McKnight who represented me in a complex malpractice matter, which was resolved during the early phases of discovery. Mr. McKnight’s compassionate understanding of my injuries and their psychological impact, combined with his brilliantly strategic and skillful litigation expertise, resulted in a great outcome. — Patricia Cornwell Johnson, Esq.
Quick action and thoroughness.
Unwavering and dedicated to achieving the best results for his clients, Vince McKnight has broad experience in representing companies and individuals. He skillfully moved the parties to a resolution in a highly sensitive matter to my satisfaction. As a practicing attorney, I appreciated his counsel, quick action and thoroughness. — Angela Ciccolo, Esq.
A great lawyer.
I couldn’t be more pleased with the outcome of my case. Michael Palmer is a great lawyer and a kind man. — Katie Van Liew, Former Senior Institutional Account Specialist at Boehringer Ingelheim
Second to none.
I have worked with Sanford Heisler Sharp for many years and have found their team one of the best in the world. I personally work with law firms in the UK, Ireland, USA, and Australia and find the passion and hard-working nature of the team second to none. Combine this work ethic with a number of brilliant individuals, and this is what makes Sanford Heisler Sharp such a successful law firm. — Dr. Tony Nargol, MD
A voracious advocate.
I contacted Sanford Heisler Sharp because it has a stellar reputation as a champion for workplace gender equality. Upon taking my case, it became clear that that reputation is well-deserved; Sanford Heisler Sharp is a deft negotiator, a voracious advocate, and – most importantly – knows how to get results. Through its counsel, I achieved a settlement that allowed me to get out of a toxic, discriminatory work environment. We sent a strong message to the company that such unequal treatment of women will not be tolerated in this day and age. — Former Client and VP of a Major Technology Company
Remarkable knowledge and skill.
Sanford Heisler Sharp have taken the pharmaceutical industry by storm. They are shattering the glass ceiling imposed on women by pharma’s old boys’ club. Sanford Heisler Sharp is steadfastly committed not just to its clients, but to the cause of women’s equality. That dedication, combined with their remarkable knowledge and skill, allows them to attain the momentous verdicts and results that set Sanford Heisler Sharp apart from other firms. — Jacqueline Pena, Named Plaintiff in Wellens et. al. v. Daiichi Sankyo, Inc.
Talented and gifted lawyer.
During my entire 30-year corporate career, I can say unequivocally that Grant Morris is the most talented and gifted lawyer with whom I have ever worked. The result was extraordinary. — Sam Cox, Qui Tam Relator and Former Director at Smith & Nephew
Attention and service.
Sanford Heisler Sharp can be compared to a first rate physician; the client is treated not just for the ailment, but the attention and service encompasses the entire body. No issue is too mundane for Sanford Heisler Sharp and the team is available 24/7 no matter the issue. — Suzy Reingold, Former Chief Operating Officer of Cushman & Wakefield
Professional and patient.
Sanford Heisler Sharp is professional and patient, and was very kind to me during a very trying time in my life. I would recommend Sanford Heisler Sharp as a firm that effectively strives to get the job done and that provides top-notch legal expertise and knowledge. — Employment Discrimination Client
Working with Kate and her team at Sanford Heisler Sharp is an empowering, validating experience. Their professionalism and humanity, coupled with their passion for fairness and transparency, are at the core of their success. Whether working with individual clients or getting justice for groups of women who have been limited by gender bias in their careers, they are making a big contribution to women’s equality in the workplace. — Senior VP and Global Head in Cancer Research
Astute legal counsel.
Sanford Heisler Sharp's hard work brought me and my fellow colleagues a resolution on a very difficult matter. I deeply appreciated not only their astute legal counsel, but also the understanding and human touch they used at every turn during the sometimes fraught process. As a lawyer myself, I felt privileged to have gotten the chance to work with them. They are making a difference in the world for the betterment of working women’s rights. — Female Law Partner
When it comes to qui tam it would be hard to find a more dedicated team Sanford Heisler Sharp. They worked tirelessly to ensure my claim was filed swiftly and effectively. Years later, I remain in contact with David Sanford and continue to appreciate his consistent efforts to exceed all professional expectations. I highly recommend Sanford Heisler Sharp. — Angie Silva, Whistleblower
A great strategist.
David dedicated a large amount of time to get to know me and the circumstances of my case. He helped me maintain balance throughout the process. He always demonstrated clear thinking, self-confidence, and strength. He is extremely smart, experienced and a great strategist. — Claudia Goulart, Former Head of Health Care for GE in Latin America
Great team of personnel.
David [Sanford] is an awesome attorney, down to earth and has a big heart. I think he is a wonderful person and has a great team of personnel. I loved working with him I am so grateful for him and his team for all the time, effort, and support they gave me. — Donna Bryan, Former Client
The result was extraordinary. — Marc Thomas, Attorney and Former CEO of GE Aviation Materials
A fantastic firm.
David is very warm, he’s very smart, he made me feel like I was his only client. We never rushed when we had a conversation. He runs a fantastic firm.— Elly Rosenthal, Former CFO at Proskauer Rose LLP
I can’t thank them enough.
Balancing a career you love and early motherhood can feel impossible. When my employer demoted me because I’d asked for a place to pump breast milk, I felt despondent. A friend recommended that I contact the team at Sanford Heisler Sharp. I wish I had called them earlier. Kate Mueting, Felicia Gilbert, and Lindsay (Funk) listened to me, were respectful towards me, and assured me that my experience was objectively not okay (and not just an illusion of my hysterical lady-brain, as my employer insisted.) They got me the financial relief necessary to make a fresh start in my career. I can’t thank them enough.— A Former Client
Concern and understanding.
I worked with the team and Sanford Heisler Sharp in a class action litigation against a Fortune 500 company. A frightening thing for anyone to sign up for, let alone a middle-aged woman with more than 25 years at that same company. The care, concern, and understanding from David Sanford and the team at the firm was so supportive. They also knew exactly how to make the company pay attention, resolve the issues, and compensate the victims. I was able to leave with my dignity, my pride, and a future that has been wide open with new possibilities. — Margaret Harding, Former Client