Our Team

"Our commitment to social justice and to providing the best representation possible is reflected in a commitment to diversity within our own firm. At Sanford Heisler, we know better than to fall into the trap of thinking the "best" attorneys look alike, sound alike, think alike or live alike. What matters is talent, and we hire the best talent available.

 

As a result, we have a team that more accurately mirrors America. Women, minority and/or openly gay lawyers make up the majority of our staff. Within our diverse team, what unifies us all is a passion for the cause – we all work to use the power of the law to help create and enforce a more just society."

Felicia M. Medina, SF Managing Partner

555 Montgomery Street, Suite 1206
San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone: (415) 795-2024
Fax: (415) 795-2021
E-mail: fmedina@sanfordheisler.com

Felicia Medina is the Managing Partner of the San Francisco office of Sanford Heisler, LLP, a national law firm with offices in Washington, D.C., New York and California. She received her law degree from Yale Law School in 2006.

Ms. Medina has managed all aspects of litigation, including pre-suit settlement, discovery, summary judgment, and trial in a variety of discrimination and wage and hour matters. She is currently Lead Counsel in Wellens et al. v. Daiichi Sankyo, Inc., a national gender discrimination class action filed on behalf of pharmaceutical sales representatives and district managers; McCarthy et al. v. Valero Energy Corp., a national wage and hour class action filed on behalf of gas station workers; and Peterson et al. v. Alaska Commc’n  Sys. Grp. Inc., a statewide misclassification matter filed on behalf of sales and marketing employees. During her time at the firm’s California office, Ms. Medina has negotiated and secured significant monetary awards and changes in corporate practices for clients with discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims in the biotechnology and public relations industries. She has also successfully argued an appeal before the Sixth Circuit in a race discrimination suit.

Ms. Medina was also Trial Counsel representing approximately 6000 women in Velez v. Novartis. The presiding federal judge described the case as having been “brilliantly tried.” After a seven-week trial, the Firm secured the largest employment verdict ($253 million) in United States history. The Firm obtained a court-approved settlement of $175 million on behalf of the class that the judge described as “extraordinary” and “one of a kind.”

Presently, Ms. Medina is a board member of BALIF (Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom), LAS-ELC (Legal Aid Society Employment Law Center) and FAIR (Foundation for Advocacy, Inclusion, and Resources), a non-profit designed to increase diversity in the plaintiffs’ employment bar and to raise public consciousness about workers’ rights. In conjunction with FAIR, and the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center, Ms. Medina launched the Sanford Heisler Public Interest Diversity Fellowship.  

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Before joining Sanford Heisler in January 2009, Ms. Medina worked in the securities litigation and employment & labor practice groups of Morrison & Foerster, LLP. She was on the board of the Tom Homann Law Association, an LGBT lawyers’ organization, and was a regular volunteer attorney at a girls’ rehabilitation facility and a homeless rights project. While at Yale, Ms. Medina was involved with the Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization and provided civil legal services to the Latino and immigrant communities in Fair Haven, Connecticut.

Before becoming a lawyer, Ms. Medina was a political consultant and a public school teacher in her hometown of Fresno, California.

EDUCATION

J.D.   Yale Law School 2006
           Editor, Yale Journal of Law and Feminism
B.A.   USC, Los Angeles 2000

CLINICS

Student Supervisor, Community Legal Services

BAR ADMISSIONS

California 2008

COURT ADMISSIONS

The United States District Court - District of Nevada as of August 4, 2010

The United States District Court - Middle District of Tennessee as of September 17, 2010

The United States District Court - Southern District of New York as of January 22, 2010

The United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit as of October 7, 2009

The United States District Court - Central District of California as of June 24, 2009

Sanford Heisler is a public interest law firm representing individuals and groups against corporations and governmental entities.  The firm also represents individual citizens when a corporation is committing an act of fraud against the U.S. Government.

As a private attorney general, Sanford Heisler specializes in employment, Title VII and wage and hour matters; representation of executives and attorneys; qui tam whistleblower cases; consumer fraud; housing discrimination; mass torts; and appellate and complex litigation.

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