Recognized as Law Firm of the Year "Most firms would shy away from challenging the most powerful interests in society. Sanford Heisler Sharp has taken on the largest corporations in the world and has succeeded." – Benchmark Litigation

Recognized as Law Firm of the Year

A Highly Awarded Law Firm in Employment Law and Human Rights
  • 2022 Civil Rights Firm of the Year, 2021 Employment Rights Firm of the Year & 2021 Human Rights Firm of the Year
    2022 Civil Rights Firm of the Year, 2021 Employment Rights Firm of the Year & 2021 Human Rights Firm of the Year
  • 2021 & 2020 Labor & Employment Firm of the Year
    2021 & 2020 Labor & Employment Firm of the Year
  • 2021, 2019, 2018 & 2016 Employment Practice Group of the Year
    2021, 2019, 2018 & 2016 Employment Practice Group of the Year

An Industry Leader

Sanford Heisler Sharp is celebrated by the leading professional journals as the number one ranked employment rights firm and number one ranked human rights firm, drawing acclaim from judges across the country, top publications evaluating the legal industry, the nation’s leading mediators, and even adversaries against whom we litigate.

The American Lawyer

"Biggest verdict ever awarded in an employment discrimination class action."

- The American Lawyer

Unrivaled Experience

Sanford Heisler Sharp has attorneys who have collectively tried hundreds of cases, a former federal Chief Judge who has tried and overseen as judge over one-hundred cases, attorneys who have clerked for state and federal judges across the United States, and a brilliant staff which supports the firm’s attorneys and plays a vital role in case management. We have won precedent-setting verdicts and settlements for C-Suite executives, attorneys, directors, managers, and hourly workers. We are a firm of passionate and dedicated professionals who care deeply about justice and routinely outperform attorneys and staff on the other side.

Our Practice Areas

Sanford Heisler Sharp excels at holding major companies, firms, and institutions accountable when they cause harm. We advocate for victims of discrimination, harassment, and sexual assault, including employees at Fortune 500 companies, attorneys at law firms, and university faculty and students. We represent whistleblowers in exposing fraud against the government and promote corporate compliance in cutting-edge issues like consumer fraud, cybersecurity, foreign corrupt practices, highway safety, and digital ad fraud by supporting investigations conducted by the OCC, FTC, SEC, NHTSA, and the DOJ. We prosecute ERISA class actions for employees whose retirement savings are jeopardized by mismanaged 401(k) plans, and we bring class action lawsuits for workers whose employers fail to pay the commissions and overtime payments they are owed. We also have specialized expertise representing Asian and Asian-American clients in US-based litigation.

Class Action Case Results

Sanford Heisler Sharp’s groundbreaking class action lawsuits and settlements have recovered nearly half a billion dollars for class members. Through our successful class actions, we have delivered results for tens of thousands of individuals, including employees who were discriminated against, victims of sexual harassment and exploitation, workers whose retirement accounts were mismanaged, and employees who were not paid the wages they were owed.

  • $253 Million Settlement Gender Discrimination Verdict Against Pharma Company

    Sanford Heisler Sharp achieved the largest jury verdict in U.S. history in an employment discrimination case. A jury awarded $253 million after finding the pharmaceutical giant liable for gender discrimination in pay, promotions, and relating to pregnancy. The case benefited over 7,000 female pharmaceutical representatives.

  • $99 Million Settlement Overtime Settlement Against Pharma Company

    Sanford Heisler Sharp brought a major wage and hour class and collective action lawsuit alleging that Novartis misclassified its pharmaceutical representatives and failed to pay them overtime that they were owed. Sanford Heisler Sharp negotiated a $99 million settlement which resulted in over 7,000 sales reps receiving settlement payments.

  • $28 Million Settlement Overtime Settlement Against Tech Company

    Sanford Heisler Sharp secured a $28 million settlement for AT&T managers who had not been paid overtime by the telephone giant. The settlement benefited thousands of employees and resolved multiple class action and collective action lawsuits filed in California, Connecticut, and Georgia.

  • $20+ Million Trial Verdict Trial Verdict for Victims of Pornography Website

    In Jane Doe v., Sanford Heisler Sharp represented a group of 22 women who were manipulated and defrauded by the owners and operators of the pornography website GirlsDoPorn. Sanford Heisler Sharp won rulings to preserve the women’s anonymity, and the Court awarded over $20 million to punish the wrongdoers and benefit the victims.

  • $19.5 Million Settlement Gender Discrimination Settlement Against Tech Company

    In 2016, Sanford Heisler Sharp reached a $19.5 million settlement against Qualcomm in a gender discrimination class action involving a class of approximately 3,300 women and was reached before plaintiffs filed suit. The settlement included comprehensive programmatic relief to ensure female employees working in STEM and related positions at the company will have access to equal job opportunities.

Whistleblower Case Results

Sanford Heisler Sharp's whistleblower and qui tam suits have recovered over $4 billion for our whistleblowers and the U.S. Government. Our clients are whistleblowers from a wide variety of fields including technology, banking, and government contracting, from local companies and Fortune 500 companies alike. We protect their interests and privacy throughout all stages of federal investigations, from pre-filing inquiries with enforcement groups to meetings with multi-agency task forces, and ultimately through the award or settlement process.

  • $50 Million Settlement Qui Tam Settlement Against Navistar

    Sanford Heisler Sharp represented a former employee turned whistleblower who alleged that Navistar, a defense contractor, overcharged the Government in the MRAP vehicle purchase. The case settled in 2020 for $50 million, $11 million of which was awarded to the whistleblower.

  • $120 Million Settlement Whistleblower Settlement Against Pharmacy

    Sanford Heisler Sharp and co-counsel represented a general manager of an Omnicare pharmacy who blew the whistle on violations of the Medicare Anti-Kickback Statute and the False Claims Act. As part of the settlement, Omnicare agreed to pay $120 million.

  • $68.5 Million Settlement Whistleblower Settlement Against Office Supplier

    Sanford Heisler Sharp represented a whistleblower who alleged that office supply company Office Depot violated the California False Claims Act by overcharging over 1,000 government agencies for office and classroom supplies. The qui tam suit against Office Depot settled for $68.5 million.

  • $23.5 Million Settlement Whistleblower Settlement Against Medical Device Company

    Sanford Heisler Sharp filed a whistleblower lawsuit alleging that medical device company Medtronic violated the False Claims Act by engaging in an illegal kickback scheme. Working with the Department of Justice and the Office of the Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services, Sanford Heisler Sharp negotiated a $23.5 million global settlement.

  • $762 Million Settlement Whistleblower Settlement Against Biotech Company

    Sanford Heisler Sharp represented a former employee-turned-whistleblower who accused biotech company Amgen of violating the False Claims Act by promoting off-label drug use and illegal kickbacks to promote sales. Sanford Heisler Sharp’s work with the U.S. Department of Justice culminated in a $762 million global qui tam settlement.

Individual Case Results

Many of our clients prefer to resolve their cases out of court. For these clients, Sanford Heisler Sharp negotiates private settlements that are customized to meet our client’s needs, including providing financial security and restitution, protecting their reputations, and helping them transition with dignity out of a toxic situation. When a defendant does not settle a case and Sanford Heisler Sharp files the case in court and deploys all resources necessary to aggressively prosecute and try a case.

  • $3.3 Million Verdict Title IX Wrongful Termination Case

    Sanford Heisler Sharp achieved the largest known jury verdict and monetary award in a Title IX case in U.S. history. Sanford Heisler Sharp represented women’s basketball coach Beth Burns, who was terminated by San Diego State University after she raised complaints about gender equity in athletics. A jury awarded over $3.3 million in damages following a four-week trial.

  • $8 Million Settlement Retaliation Settlement for Law Firm Partner

    Sanford Heisler Sharp represented a client who was fired from her job as a law firm partner after she accused the firm of discriminating against her. Sanford Heisler Sharp secured an $8 million settlement for our client.

  • $5 Million Settlement Settlement for Pair of Law Firm Partners

    Sanford Heisler Sharp secured a settlement that exceeded $5 million for two law firm partners who experienced discrimination at their law firm.

  • $5 Million Settlement Sexual Harassment Victim at University

    Sanford Heisler Sharp secured a $5 million settlement for a client who experienced sexual harassment from a tenured faculty member whom she trusted.

  • $5 Million Settlement Discrimination and Retaliation Victim at Major Company

    Sanford Heisler Sharp represented a client who experienced harassment and retaliation at a prominent company. Sanford Heisler Sharp secured an $5 million settlement for our client.

  • $8.3 Million Arbitration Award Arbitration Award in Silicon Valley Fraud Case

    Sanford Heisler Sharp won an arbitration for a Chinese client who co-founded a Silicon Valley semiconductor company but was defrauded by his co-founder and wrongfully deprived of an equity stake in the company he helped build. Sanford Heisler Sharp proved breach of contract and fraud and won an award totaling over $8.3 million.

Client Testimonials

At Sanford Heisler Sharp, our clients are our highest priority. Clients seek us out for our depth of experience handling complex cases, our creativity and strategic thinking in challenging situations, our compassion and responsiveness, our fortitude and integrity, and our commitment to the public interest. It is a testament to our team that many of the clients who seek out Sanford Heisler Sharp are themselves lawyers or C-suite executives accustomed to working with first-rate professionals.

  • “I was fighting on my own before I began working with Christine and her team [ Steve Kelly , Nicole Wiitala , and Shaun Rosenthal ]. When she took on my case, I was able to graduate college and ...”

    - Former Client
  • “The firm, particularly Deborah Marcuse, treated me with kindness as well as the best expert guidance. Forever indebted to them.”

    - Suzy Reingold
  • “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 and Former GC of GE Transportation
  • “Collectively the SHS team represented the highest level of professionalism, integrity, and passionate care for justice that I have ever witnessed in my career.”

    - David Chen, a Former Client
  • “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.”

    - Former Client
  • “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.”

    - Former Client Donna Kassman, Lead Plaintiff in KPMG Gender Discrimination Class Action
  • “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
  • “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.”

    - Jacqueline Pena, Lead Plaintiff in The Class Action Wellens v. Daiichi
  • “I deeply appreciated not only [the Firm’s] astute legal counsel, but also the understanding and human touch they used at every turn. . . . As a lawyer myself, I felt privileged to have gotten the chance to work with them.”

    - Female Law Partner
  • “I contacted SHS because it has a stellar reputation as a champion for workplace gender equality. That reputation is well-deserved; SHS is a deft negotiator, a voracious advocate, and – most importantly – knows how to get results.”

    - Former Client and VP of a Major Technology Company
  • “The team at Sanford Heisler consists of great people who are not only very skillful in the legal domain, but are also wonderful human beings with the highest degree of empathy for their clients.”

    - A Female Director in a Tech Company
  • “Thank you again to you all for representing me on this matter. You are all phenomenal. I am very grateful for your knowledge, professionalism and compassion.”

    - Big Law Attorney
  • “The result was extraordinary.”

    - Marc Thomas, Attorney and Former CEO of GE Aviation Materials