Legal Assistant Alumni

On Behalf of | October 16, 2016 | Working for Justice Blog

Sanford Heisler Sharp hires legal assistants on a regular schedule. The Firm also hires individuals for the legal assistant role with 1-2 years of experience or with non-legal graduate degrees. Our legal assistants go on to study at the most prestigious graduate institutions in the country.

Meet Some of Our Past Legal Assistants

Al Brooks: Al joined Sanford Heisler Sharp's San Francisco office after graduating from Swarthmore College with an Honors Major in Political Science, an Honors Minor in Public Policy, and a Minor in Educational Studies. At Sanford Heisler Sharp Al was able to work on numerous gender discrimination, race discrimination, and wage and hour individual and class action cases in addition to multiple qui tam matters. His cases included Mashariki v. BET, an individual gender discrimination case on behalf of BET’s former VP and Head of Original Programming; Knepper v. Ogletree, a gender discrimination case on behalf of a nationwide class of female shareholders at a Big Law firm; and a multi-million dollar gender discrimination class-wide pre-suit resolution. After leaving the Firm, Al accepted a Root-Tilden-Kern public service scholarship to continue to pursue his interests in racial and gender-based justice at NYU School of Law.

Sophia Gonsalves-Brown: Sophia joined the firm’s DC office after graduating from Vassar College with a degree in Political Science. During her time at Sanford Heisler Sharp Sophia worked on two major class actions, including a gender pay discrimination suit on behalf of female partners at Chadbourne & Parke LLP, and a race discrimination matter against the United States Marshals Service. During her second year at the firm, Sophia served as the senior legal assistant and intake coordinator of the DC office. After leaving the firm, Sophia moved to Dublin, Ireland to pursue a Master of Science in Comparative Social Change at Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin, for which she was awarded a Maguire Fellowship from Vassar. While there, she continued her undergraduate research on the relationship between patriarchy and the state while studying the after-effects of Ireland’s 2018 8th Amendment Referendum to overturn the constitutional abortion ban.

Christopher Dietz: In his time at the firm, Chris assisted in the settlement of two major class action litigations, for $2.5 and $4 million, respectively, served as the lead legal assistant on a pre-suit, multi-client gender discrimination case, and for 10 months served as the lead legal assistant for a gender discrimination case against a Big Law firm. For the next three months, Chris will be attending a Spanish immersion program located in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala.

Antonio (“TJ”) Grayson: TJ joined the firm’s San Francisco office after graduating from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in Political Science. During his time at Sanford Heisler Sharp TJ worked on a number of individual and class cases, including numerous high-profile gender discrimination cases (viz., Sanford Heisler Sharp's class action lawsuit against Qualcomm, the firm’s highly contested arbitration matter against Sedgwick LLP, and the firm’s Private Attorneys General Act matter against SeaSpine). After leaving the firm, TJ attended Yale Law School to focus on civil rights law, with an emphasis on race discrimination.

Cody Kahoe: Cody joined the firm’s San Francisco office after graduating from Yale University with a degree in Modern Middle East Studies. During his time at the firm, Cody worked on a number of individual, class, and collective cases, including a gender pay and promotion discrimination suit on behalf of a class of female employees of Alcon Laboratories, Inc. and a California Private Attorneys General Act lawsuit against Oracle America, Inc. alleging failure to pay full and timely commissions. After leaving the firm, Cody will attend Stanford Law School, where he hopes to continue working for the public interest and for social justice.

Sophie Kosmacher: Sophie primarily assisted on an individual gender discrimination, sexual harassment, and retaliation case in litigation – she provided support with respect to expert discovery and responses to summary judgment motions. Sophie also helped guide several clients through pre-suit negotiations, and she prepared for and attended multiple private mediations (including for a multi-party case). Upon leaving Sanford Heisler Sharp Sophie will begin work at StoryCorps, a non-profit whose mission is to preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world.

Adina Nadler: Adina joined Sanford Heisler Sharp's DC office after graduating from Northwestern University with a degree in Comparative Literature and Hebrew Studies. Shortly after leaving Sanford Heisler Sharp Adina summarized her experience at the firm: “I worked at Sanford Heisler Sharp as a Legal Assistant for two years and learned so much during my time there. The atmosphere at the firm is a supportive one, and the attorneys were all very invested in providing us with an opportunity to learn about the law. I feel very lucky to have gotten to work alongside such intelligent and dedicated people.”