Litigation Fellow – Palo Alto

Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP, a national public interest law firm with a focus on game-changing employment discrimination cases, seeks a Litigation Fellow for its soon to open Palo Alto office to start early fall 2022 or as soon as possible. Fellows will focus on representing plaintiffs in individual and class action employment discrimination matters. In addition, Fellows will assist the Firm’s world-class team of attorneys on a range of high-stakes, sexual assault cases, Title IX lawsuits, qui tam and whistleblower matters, wage and hour actions, and financial services cases.

Sanford Heisler Sharp has represented thousands of individuals in some of the most significant class action cases before the courts, including numerous female partners in BigLaw firms. We have secured landmark victories through trial and settlements and have a number of cases currently before the district and federal appellate courts that raise novel issues of law. We are currently litigating cases against major law firms Jones Day, Ogletree Deakins & Nash, and Morrison & Foerster and against universities such as Harvard, Columbia, and Yale.

Litigation Fellows will work with case team members and clients in settlement negotiations, mediation, arbitration, and litigation. Litigation Fellows are expected to conduct factual and legal research; draft legal documents (including pleadings, motions, briefs, legal memoranda, mediation statements, discovery requests and responses, and settlement agreements); participate in discovery; provide legal advice to clients; assist and participate in depositions, mediations, arbitrations, trials, and court proceedings; and attend industry, networking, and community outreach events. Our Fellows are expected to learn quickly from the Firm’s more experienced attorneys and are given as much responsibility as they can handle.

Applicants should have:

  • commitment to civil rights;
  • interest in litigation;
  • strong academic credentials;
  • excellent writing and communication skills;
  • strong analytical capabilities;
  • initiative and energy to see projects to completion; and
  • the ability to work effectively in a team environment.

We are committed to EEO principles and value a diverse workplace. We strongly encourage people of color, LGBTQ, all genders, all ages, differently abled, and other minority applicants to apply.

The position in Palo Alto, CA is available as soon as possible or no later than early fall 2022. The Palo Alto office is scheduled to open mid-summer and employees are currently working from the San Francisco location until opening the new office.


The Firm utilizes lock-step salary scales for non-partner attorney positions (including for Litigation Fellows) based on law school graduation year and practice experience. Effective January 1, 2023, the scale begins at $120,000 (currently at $115,000), in annual base salary for 2022 and 2023 law school graduates, and increases, based on law school graduation year and practice experience, up to a maximum of $165,000 in 2022 and $170,000 in 2023. Attorneys also receive benefits, such as a contribution to health insurance premiums, and may also be eligible for a discretionary bonus.

Application Procedure:

Applicants seeking consideration should email a one-page cover letter, a current resume, a law school transcript, three references, and two writing samples of not less than ten pages to Please include “2022 Litigation Fellow Application” in the subject line of the email.

Qualified applicants are encouraged to submit their application immediately as decisions are made on a rolling basis.


Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Sanford Heisler Sharp has been a firm that has demonstrated flexibility and concern for the well-being of our employees and our communities. We were among the first law firms in the nation to publicly announce that we were moving to a remote work environment and to develop a COVID-19 vaccine policy for employees. The firm will continue to rely on the science to guide its decisions in 2022 and beyond. As of mid-September 2022, employees are required to work from their office two days per week, and any employee may work full-time from their office if they prefer. The firm will continue to regularly assess and adjust its COVID-19 policies and its hybrid work schedule as necessary.

Sanford Heisler Sharp employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (with the exception of Nashville where due to state law vaccines are not mandatory but strongly encouraged for Firm employees), including obtaining the COVID-19 boosters within the time frame recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). If you accept an offer from the firm and choose not to get vaccinated for religious, medical reasons, or other applicable legal requirements, you may seek a reasonable accommodation.

Reasonable Accommodations:

Sanford Heisler Sharp welcomes applications from individuals with disabilities. If you require reasonable accommodations during any part of the hiring process, please send your request to us by email at or by mail to the following address:

ATTN: Anita Youngkin, Senior Human Resources Director

Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP

700 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Suite 300

Washington, DC 20003