"Alexandra Harwin is a powerhouse in successfully advocating for her clients - even against the most powerful of organizations. She is incredibly smart and knowledgeable, and a masterful, unflinching negotiator. My case turned out to be a long and arduous process, yet I always felt heard, respected, and supported. She skillfully balanced this compassion with reality, strategic options, and focus. I am enormously grateful for my experience with Ali. In addition to the positive, restorative outcome for me personally, there was at least some change for the better within my organization as well. A true counselor, wise and dedicated, who is making a difference in this world."
- University Administrator and Former Client
Creativity and passion for reaching solutions.
"Alexandra Harwin was one of my lawyers in a lawsuit against a senior professor and Columbia University, and over the course of over four years I have witnessed her intellectual acuity and creativity, perseverance, strong moral compass, and humanity. Ms. Harwin started on my case as an associate, and she quickly became the lead person for the case. Her knowledge of the law, deep interest in and dedication to me as the client, and her ability to dive deep into a topic and quickly understand the inner-workings of different fields and industries definitely set her apart. In addition, her passion for solving the issues her clients face and reaching equitable solutions are leading elements of her practice. I could not recommend her more strongly."
- Former Client Enrichetta Ravina
Relentless advocacy and amazing outcome.
Alexandra Harwin is the best advocate one could possibly imagine. Rigorous, tirelessly committed, and above all brilliant, Ms. Harwin is the lawyer you would want on your side. Fierce and pragmatic, working with Ms. Harwin has redefined for me what responsibility means. Her legal representation has always been not only of the highest caliber but also characterized by unending compassion and intelligence. In the twists and turns of the legal process, Ali is a shining light.
- University Student and Former Client
An attorney I could trust.
"I called this team in total confusion and shock, hours after being fired while on maternity leave. It was the worst day of my career. I didn't know what to do, think, or expect. Ali [Harwin] and her team patiently walked with me on the journey to understand my situation, the legal context, and to clearly communicate my experiences. At every turn, she supported me. This discrimination dispute wasn't just about me - it was about fair treatment for women and families. At first I was hesitant to stand my ground, but I'm so incredibly glad that I did, and I'm forever thankful that I found an attorney I could trust to help me through this."
- Sales Executive and Former Client
The only attorney that I would even consider.
"I first met Ali Harwin when we were on opposing sides of a gender discrimination case against my corporate client. At that time, I never dreamed that I would one day be asking her to represent me in connection with my own gender discrimination claims against my large law firm. My experience with Ali as opposing counsel was that she was incredibly smart and diligent, a truly excellent attorney, and had a strength of character that I admired. When I decided to pursue my discrimination claims against my firm, Ali was the only attorney that I would even consider to represent me. My experience with Ali as a client was that, not only is she an excellent attorney and incredibly smart and diligent, she also is warm, sincere, and compassionate. Ali took the time to listen and understand what my goals were in pursuing my discrimination claims against my firm. Ali’s legal strategy and advice was top notch. One of the things I most appreciated about Ali was that she took the time to explain the law and her proposed strategy and did not try to steer me in a particular direction. Rather, she made a point to ensure that I was comfortable with every decision that we made. Ali helped me to obtain a very favorable settlement from my firm following a hard fought mediation. In my nearly 15 years as a litigator, I have participated in my fair share of mediations. In my experience, Ali is particularly skilled at mediation. The settlement Ali helped me obtain will allow me to provide for my family while I transition out of Biglaw. But even more important, Ali gave me the opportunity to take back my dignity and exit my firm from a position of strength."
- BigLaw Lawyer and Former Client
The best of the best.
"When I think of the best of the best, the person that comes to mind is Ali Harwin. In my case, we were against one of the biggest corporate law firms, ostensibly retained for being the most aggressive. The other side was publicly boasting about crushing us. Until they met Ali. Ali is a fantastic, efficient, and very hands-on lawyer. Right from the start, when Ali started handling my case, her meticulousness helped sharpen the case. Ali was thoroughly prepared, well researched and always moving the ball forward. The end result was a complete victory for us, and very satisfying from a monetary perspective as well. I could not have asked for a better attorney, and I highly recommend her. I would call her the Muhammed "Ali" of the legal world."
- Sales Executive and Former Employee
Focused and steady.
"Ali Harwin represented me in a case of wrongful termination from my employer. This employer was particularly difficult and used a very combative attorney. Ali stayed focused and steady throughout the case. She gave me insightful advice and was always responsive despite her heavy case load. She strategized the best way to resolve the case and brought it to a timely and successful close. She is one of the best attorneys I’ve worked with and I'd recommend her without hesitation."
- Pharmaceutical Executive
I was unbelievably impressed.
"Alexandra Harwin expertly helped me navigate and win an extremely difficult and painful wrongful dismissal dispute. I was unbelievably impressed with her level of legal acumen, strategic negotiating prowess, transparency and authenticity. What I think sets Alexandra apart even further is her compassionate and empathic approach to her clients, providing much needed comfort and reassurance at times and thoughtful sage advice at critical junctures."
- Pharmaceutical Executive
An extremely favorable settlement.
"As a lawyer, my job is to problem-solve and advocate fiercely for my clients. Despite my professional experience, I felt unable to protect my own reputation, livelihood, and health when I was being discriminated against by my large law firm. That changed once Ali Harwin was representing me. I quickly learned that Ali is a hardworking attorney with a sharp legal mind, but also a kind, empathetic, and honest individual. Ali was able to obtain an extremely favorable settlement for me at mediation, thus allowing me to end one of the most difficult chapters of my life with dignity. I will be forever grateful to Ali and her team at Sanford Heisler Sharp!"
- Law Firm Attorney and Former Client
She fought hard to get me what I deserved.
"Ali Harwin represented me in my action against my employer while I was still employed there. I had suffered almost five years of harassment and marginalization and, frankly, I had a very deep fear of retaliation from my manager. I felt absolutely powerless to defend myself. David Sanford and Ali took action to immediately legally protect me while I was in a very vulnerable position. Ali then guided me through the entire process, striking the right balance between providing transparency regarding what was happening and protecting me from the very negative aspects of the firm’s rebuttals. She held me up when I felt no strength to continue and fought hard to get me what I deserved. She is a successful balance of tenacity, integrity and a soft touch in her advocacy. I was very fortunate to have Ali on my side and I highly recommend her to those considering retaining Sanford Heisler Sharp!"
- Financial Services Professional