Sanford Heisler Sharp Celebrates Recent Outstanding Accomplishments

Posted March 12th, 2019.

Recognition Included 2018 National and Regional Awards Across Diverse Practices

March 12, New York – Sanford Heisler Sharp, a leading national public interest class action law firm, and many of its attorneys earned high-profile recognition in 2018 for their continued success representing plaintiffs in employment, ERISA, consumer fraud, whistleblower, wage and hour, and other high-stakes litigation matters.

“We achieved an outstanding record in 2018. I am truly delighted that our lawyers were recognized for the socially and legally impactful work they do and the tremendous success they have had,” said David Sanford, Chairman of the firm. “I am honored to work with an amazing group of dedicated lawyers whose efforts have led to significant societal change with life altering effects for our clients.”

2018 Firmwide Awards

The firm earned both national and regional recognition for its winning record and impact on the practice of law.

2018 brought Sanford Heisler Sharp honors as a top-rated employment firm from American Lawyer, Corporate Counsel and the National Law Journal. Chambers & Partners ranked the firm among a small group of law firms in Tier One in the U.S.

Law360 named Sanford Heisler Sharp its 2018 National Employment Practice of the Year; Silicon Review honored the firm as one of the “50 Most Trustworthy Companies;” and U.S. News & World Report Best Lawyers awarded its top rankings to the firm in many categories.

The firm was also rated AV by the Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating System and the firm earned recognition for its Google wage and hour settlement from

2018 Recognition of Individual Lawyers

Many individuals at Sanford Heisler Sharp also earned top honors last year.

Sanford, Chairman of the firm, was one of three finalists for The American Lawyer’s coveted national “Attorney of the Year” award. He also earned honors as a 2018 “Titan of the Plaintiffs’ Bar” and  2018 “Employment MVP” from Law360; 2018 National Law Journal “Plaintiff’s Lawyer Trailblazer;” 2018 Tier One Chambers Ranking and  “Leader in the Field for Labor & Employment in New York”; and 2018 “Leading Plaintiff Employment Lawyer” recognition from Lawdragon.

Sanford was also recognized as a 2018 “Lawyer of Distinction” and he, partner H. Vincent McKnight, Jr., Of Counsel Altomease Kennedy, and senior litigation counsel Thomas Henderson earned Top Employment Lawyers status from American Lawyer in Washington, D.C.

Sanford, Kennedy and McKnight were named 2018 employment and labor law standouts by Super Lawyers, and Kennedy was chosen as winner of the prestigious Marguerite Barland Merit Award from Goucher College.

U.S. News & World Report Best Lawyers recognized Sanford, McKnight, Kennedy and Jill Sullivan Sanford among 2018’s “Best Lawyers in America for Employment Law.” And partners Sanford and McKnight, along with the firm’s Vice-Chairman Jeremy Heisler and partners Kate Mueting, Russell Kornblith, Alexandra Harwin, and Andrew Melzer were named “Labor and Employment Stars by Benchmark Litigation in the northeast and Nashville Managing Partner Kevin Sharp was named a “Labor and Employment Star” by Benchmark Litigation in the south.

On the west coast, Ed Chapin, Sanford Heisler Sharp’s California Managing Partner, was honored as Trial Lawyer of the Year” by Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC), and was named a 2018 “Litigation Star” in the west by Benchmark Litigation. In addition, Chapin was recognized as a 2018 Super Lawyer in labor and employment, business litigation, and personal injury law, earning further accolades as one of the “Top 50 San Diego Super Lawyers for the Year.”

Danielle Fuschetti, senior litigation counsel in the firm’s San Francisco office, was named a Northern California “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers, and was nominated as a California “Consumer Lawyer of the Year” by CAOC.

Others at the firm earning Super Lawyers’ recognition last year included Baltimore and Washington, D.C. partner Steven J. Kelly in personal injury law, civil rights, and business litigation, and Washington, D.C., partner Kate Mueting in employment litigation.  Named 2018 “Rising Stars” by Super Lawyers were Baltimore Managing Partner Deborah Marcuse in employment litigation, and senior counsel Quaojing Ella Zheng in Northern California employment and labor, class action mass torts, and international law.

Mueting was awarded the coveted 2018 Mussey-Gillett “Shining Star” award by the District of Columbia Women’s Bar Association; and Zheng was presented the Silicon Valley YWCA’s 2018 “Tribute to Women Award.”

About Sanford Heisler Sharp

Sanford Heisler Sharp is a public interest class-action litigation law firm with offices in Baltimore, MD; New York; Washington, D.C; Nashville; San Francisco, and San Diego. Our attorneys have graduated from the nation’s top law schools, clerked for judges throughout the United States, and amassed extensive experience litigating and trying cases that have earned over one billion dollars for our clients.

The firm specializes in civil rights and general public interest cases, representing plaintiffs with claims of employment discrimination, sexual violence, labor and wage violations, predatory lending, consumer fraud, and whistleblowing, among other claims. Along with a focus on class actions, the firm also represents individuals and has achieved extraordinary success in the representation of executives and attorneys in employment disputes.

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