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Felicia Gilbert is Co-Managing Partner of Sanford Heisler Sharp’s Palo Alto and San Francisco Offices and Chair of the firm’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee.

Since joining Sanford Heisler Sharp, Felicia has been recognized as a Benchmark Litigation Labor & Employment Star. The Profiles in Diversity Journal also recognized her among its Women Worth Watching in Leadership. Felicia was recently named a Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Employment & Civil Rights Lawyer and recognized on the National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40 Civil Plaintiff Trial Lawyers list. She has also been profiled in Bloomberg Law’s “Leading Questions” column.

Felicia has built a successful employment practice representing individuals and classes in discrimination, harassment, and retaliation matters, where she manages each case from the ground up and strives tirelessly to maximize the attainment of her clients’ desired outcomes. Felicia’s representations have included:

Felicia received her law degree from Columbia Law School, and Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts from Stanford University. While at Columbia Law School, Felicia served on the Journal of Law and Social Problems and as a Teaching Fellow on the Columbia Law School Moot Court Editorial Board. As part of Columbia Law School’s Child Advocacy Clinic, she helped design a research protocol for adolescent representation and provided legal assistance to young adults transitioning out of foster care. She also interned with the Criminal Appeals Bureau of the Legal Aid Society.

Felicia is a member of the California and New York bars. Felicia has spoken on a variety of topics related to civil rights and employment law and has been an instructor for the Impact Fund’s Class Action Training Institute. Felicia serves on the Board of Legal Aid at Work and is a member of the board’s Executive Committee and Recruitment, Nominating & Engagement Committee. She is a member of the Bar Association of San Francisco, the Charles Houston Bar Association, and the Black Women Lawyers Association of Northern California.

Before joining Sanford Heisler Sharp, Felicia was an Associate at Morrison & Foerster, LLP, where her practice involved a variety of complex commercial litigation matters in both federal and state courts. Felicia was a member of the trial team named 2013 “Attorneys of the Year” in civil rights law by California Lawyer Magazine after representing the family of an unarmed man shot fatally by a police officer in a Section 1983 federal civil rights lawsuit against a California municipality.

When Felicia is not working, she enjoys trying new recipes, spending time with her family, and going on walks with her Rottweiler, Jax.

Education

  • J.D., Columbia Law School
  • M.A., Stanford University
  • B.A., Stanford University

Clinics

  • Columbia Law School Child Advocacy Clinic

Bar Admissions

  • California, 2011
  • New York, 2015

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York

Professional

"I built my professional reputation on putting company interests first, so I was blindsided when my company threatened to terminate me in a visible and unfair fashion. I was terrified to take legal action, but I’m so glad I did. Conor, Felicia, Xandra, Miriam, and David protected my role and reputation, secured a financial settlement >10x the company’s original offer, and, most importantly, gave me the strength and courage to stand up for myself. Their professionalism, candor, and warmth kept me sane through one of the darkest times in my life, and I can’t imagine going through that without them." 
– Former Client

Peace of mind.

"I was devastated when an offer for my dream job was rescinded based on the biased opinion of a former supervisor who retaliated against me. My industry is small, and so, in addition to my deep sadness, I also felt extreme anxiety over how this retaliatory animus would continue to haunt my career. Because of Kate, Felicia, Conor, and their team, I not only reached an amicable financial settlement but I also found peace of mind knowing that this person could no longer discriminate against me. I also earned the satisfaction of holding a major company accountable for condoning retaliatory behavior. I cannot thank Sanford Heisler Sharp enough for supporting me wholeheartedly and giving me solid ground to stand on again." 
– A Director

Demonstrated genuine concern

"Being wrongfully dismissed after 25 years of meritorious service to the same institution was a dramatic and emotionally draining experience. Kate, Felicia, and their team's attention to detail combined with their extensive knowledge of the legal process enabled me to reach an amicable settlement. They also demonstrated genuine concern for me as a person with every conversation and throughout the entire process. I feel very fortunate to have worked with them." 
– University Director

I can’t thank them enough.

"Balancing a career you love and early motherhood can feel impossible. When my employer demoted me because I’d asked for a place to pump breast milk, I felt despondent. A friend recommended that I contact the team at Sanford Heisler Sharp. I wish I had called them earlier. Kate Mueting, Felicia Gilbert, and Lindsay (Funk) listened to me, were respectful towards me, and assured me that my experience was objectively not okay (and not just an illusion of my hysterical lady-brain, as my employer insisted.) They got me the financial relief necessary to make a fresh start in my career. I can’t thank them enough." 
– Former Client

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Felicia Gilbert

Co-Managing Partner of the Palo Alto and San Francisco Offices

Client Testimonials

  • “I can’t thank them enough.”

    - Former Client
  • “Being wrongfully dismissed after 25 years of meritorious service to the same institution was a dramatic and emotionally draining experience.”

    - A University Director
  • “Conor, Felicia, Xandra, Miriam, and David protected my role and reputation, secured a financial settlement >10x the company’s original offer, and, most importantly, gave me the strength and courage to stand up for myself.”

    - Former Client
  • “I cannot thank Sanford Heisler Sharp enough for supporting me wholeheartedly and giving me solid ground to stand on again.”

    - A Director
  • “They got me the financial relief necessary to make a fresh start in my career. I can’t thank them enough.”

    - Former Client