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James Hannaway is an Associate at Sanford Heisler Sharp.

At Sanford Heisler Sharp, James’s practice has focused on employment discrimination, qui tam, and public-interest litigation, representing both individuals and classes. Working with a team of Sanford Heisler Sharp attorneys, James has represented clients including:

  • a class of over 10,000 current and former African American Deputy U.S. Marshals and Detention Enforcement Officers who have experienced racism in hiring, promotions, and headquarters assignments from 1994 to the present
  • a tech company executive who faced retaliation for opposing discrimination and pay discrimination based on his race
  • a female Partner at a law firm who was paid less than her male peers based on her gender
  • local governments in their claims against opioid manufacturers, distributors, and pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) for their role in creating the public health emergency caused by prescription opioids
  • a tech company employee who faced retaliation for opposing discrimination and pay discrimination based on her race and gender
  • a female in-house counsel at a large corporation who was paid less than her peers based on her gender and age
  • a defense-industry whistleblower who faced retaliation for opposing illegal practices
  • whistleblowers in sealed and unsealed qui tam suits under investigation by the U.S. government and other governmental stakeholders

James received his law degree with highest honors, Order of the Coif, from the George Washington University Law School and his Bachelor of Arts cum laude from Carleton College. While at the George Washington University Law School, James served as an Articles Editor of The George Washington Law Review, Chapter President of the American Constitution Society, Student Attorney for the Public Justice Advocacy Clinic, and Organizing Committee Member of GW’s graduate worker union. He also worked as a research assistant for Associate Dean Alan B. Morrison and a law clerk at another national public interest law firm.

A member of the District of Columbia bar, James is also a volunteer attorney for the Washington Lawyers’ Committee Workers' Rights Clinic and a board member for the American Constitution Society's DC Lawyer Chapter.

Before joining Sanford Heisler Sharp, James completed a clerkship for the Honorable Deborah A. Robinson, Magistrate Judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Prior to law school, James worked on, and eventually managed, several electoral campaigns and worked as a crisis communications consultant.

When James is not lawyering, he enjoys running, the Baltimore Orioles, and walking his chihuahua mix rescue, Millie, around Washington, DC’s Mt. Pleasant neighborhood.

    Education

    • J.D., The George Washington University Law School, with Highest Honors, Order of the Coif
    • B.A., Carleton College, cum laude

    Clinics

    • Public Justice Advocacy Clinic

    Clerkship

    • Honorable Deborah A. Robinson, Magistrate Judge in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia

    Bar Admissions

    • District of Columbia, 2019

    US Marshals Race Discrimination Class Action

    In a class action race discrimination case, Sanford Heisler Sharp is counsel for the class, which includes over 700 current and former African American Deputy U.S. Marshals and Detention Enforcement Officers who have experienced racism in hiring, promotions, and headquarters assignments from 1994 to the present. The class also includes all African American candidates who applied for Deputy U.S. Marshal positions since 1994 but were never hired.

    Publications

    • Codifying the Agency Class Action, 87 GEO. WASH. L. REV. 1451 (2020)
    • Standing on Shaky Ground: How Circuit Courts Reconcile Legal Rights and Injuries in Fact After Spokeo v. Robins, 87 GEO. WASH. L. REV. 706 (2019)
    • A Review of  The Cost-Benefit Revolution by Cass R. Sunstein; Carceral Capitalism by Jackie Wang, 87 GEO. WASH. L. REV. ARGUENDO 26 (2019)

    Blog

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