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Clare Horan is an Associate at Sanford Heisler Sharp.

At Sanford Heisler Sharp, Clare’s practice has focused on employment discrimination and harassment litigation as well as criminal/sexual violence litigation, representing both individuals and proposed classes. Working with a team of Sanford Heisler Sharp attorneys, Clare Horan has represented clients including:

  • A woman who was assaulted by a staff member at a treatment facility
  • A female attorney with claims of pregnancy discrimination
  • An executive who has claims she was terminated after making complaints of discrimination
  • A proposed class challenging the constitutionality of certain immigration court bond proceedings
  • A woman who was assaulted in her apartment in her claims against the apartment complex
  • A group of female attorneys challenging gender, race, and maternity discrimination against Jones Day

Clare received her law degree from the University of Iowa College of Law (Order of the Coif) and her undergraduate degree from Smith College. While at the University of Iowa, Clare was the Senior Articles Editor of the Iowa Law Review, research assistant to Professor (now Dean) Angela Onwuachi-Willig, and was awarded the ABA/Bloomberg Award for Excellence in the Study of Labor and Employment Law and the Award for Outstanding Scholastic Achievement.

Clare is a member of the Maryland bar, as well as the Iowa bar (voluntary inactive status).

Before joining Sanford Heisler Sharp, Clare completed clerkships for the Honorable Karen Nelson Moore of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and the Honorable Rebecca Goodgame Ebinger of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa.

When Clare is not lawyering, she enjoys baking and exploring Baltimore on walks with her dog.


    • J.D., University of Iowa College of Law, Order of the Coif
    • B.A., Smith College


    • Honorable Rebecca Goodgame Ebinger, United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa
    • Honorable Karen Nelson Moore, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

    Bar Admissions

    • Iowa, 2017 (currently inactive status)
    • Maryland, 2020

    Court Admissions

    • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland

    Baltimore Apartment Complex and Property Management Company Lawsuit

    Attorneys at Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP filed a lawsuit against a Baltimore apartment complex and property management company in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City, Maryland on behalf of Emily Doe.

    Maryland Unconstitutional Immigration Detention Class Action

    The complaint alleges that during bond hearings before the Baltimore Immigration Court, the government violates the constitutional rights of detainees when it requires that a detainee, rather than the government, bear the burden of proving that they are not a flight risk or a danger to the community in order to be freed.

    Clare Horan Photo

    Clare J. Horan