Appellate Practice

Sanford Heisler Sharp attorneys have extensive experience litigating complex appeals in cases involving discrimination, wage-and-hour violations, whistleblower claims, and other public interest matters. When lower courts make decisions that are against the interests of plaintiffs and contrary to the weight of the law or when defendants seek to overturn hard-won victories for plaintiff’s rights, Sanford Heisler Sharp attorneys are here to help. We draft and argue appeals across all of our practice areas, whether we litigated the case in the trial courts or not.

Sanford Heisler Sharp attorneys have unique insights and a proven track record of success in appellate matters. Many of our attorneys have been working on appellate matters for many years in employment, police brutality, and class action appeals. Our reservoirs of experience are decades deep and include landmark cases like Murphy v. American Home Products Corporation, which expanded the statute of limitations and the right to a jury trial for employment discrimination plaintiffs under the New York State Human Rights Law, and Graham v. City of New York, which secured an important appellate victory for a victim of police brutality committed by an off-duty New York City police officer.

Our firm’s significant appellate representations have included:

  • Winning an appeal in In re Novartis Wage & Hour Litigation in the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. The Court of Appeals reversed the District Court and held that Novartis should pay overtime to its sales representatives. As a result of the appeal, the Plaintiffs reached a $99 million settlement – one of the largest overtime pay settlements in U.S. history.
  • Obtaining, on appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, a reversal of the trial court’s dismissal of a whistleblower’s claims. The reversal reinstated the whistleblower’s claim in United States ex rel. Nargol v. DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc.
  • Obtaining an order from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit that reversed a grant of summary judgment in a race discrimination case and returned the case for trial in Barrett v. Whirlpool Corporation.
  • Securing in Naposki v. First National Bank of Atlanta a major class action ruling from the Supreme Court of the State of New York, Appellate Division limiting the ability of defendants to “buy off” plaintiffs and prematurely terminate class action lawsuits.

Sanford Heisler Sharp is committed to litigating in the public interest and protecting the rights of disadvantaged groups and individuals. Attorneys at Sanford Heisler Sharp have devoted their careers to social justice cases that provide significant remedies for individuals and our communities.

If you are considering an appeal and are seeking counsel, please contact Sanford Heisler Sharp today. Attorneys at Sanford Heisler Sharp would like to have the opportunity to help you.

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Recognized as Law Firm of the Year 

  • 2021 Employment Rights & Human Rights Firm of the Year
    2021 Employment Rights & Human Rights Firm of the Year
  • 2021 & 2020 Labor & Employment Firm of the Year
    2021 & 2020 Labor & Employment Firm of the Year
  • 2019, 2018 & 2016 Employment Practice Group of the Year
    2019, 2018 & 2016 Employment Practice Group of the Year