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Candelaria Barrera-Mejia

Legal Assistant

Candelaria Barrera-Mejia is a Legal Assistant in the Baltimore office of Sanford Heisler Sharp, a national law firm with offices in the District of Columbia, New York, California, Tennessee, and Maryland.

Candelaria graduated summa cum laude from Barnard College, where she received departmental honors and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. At Barnard, Candelaria majored in sociology and minored in education studies. Her senior thesis was a qualitative study on labor trends among New York City public school teachers amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. During her time at Barnard, Candelaria mentored and tutored ELL high school students, worked as a research assistant for the sociology department, managed an on-campus music venue, and engaged with various community outreach programs across New York City.

Candelaria’s other previous experiences include interning for Partners for Justice, The Brave House, and Sadie Nash Leadership Program. She is committed to being a lifelong learner and advocate and intends to attend law school in the future.


  • B.A., Barnard College, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

I could not have done this alone

“From the first conversation with Schwanda Rountree and her team, Candelaria Barrera-Mejía and Paul-Winston Cange, I felt heard. They actively listened to me and asked amazing questions that opened the space and I felt heard and respected. They did not let me off the hook and dug into the details as if we were all a team driving towards the same strategy and outcome. During the most challenging aspects of the case, this team showed up for me and my family, and I am forever grateful.

Being supported by Sanford Heisler Sharp made it feel like a smoother process. I have felt blessed and supported by the work that they do for executives like me.

We reached a settlement that worked for all parties. I have a plan for my future, and I could not feel more at peace with the outcome.”

– C-Suite Executive