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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:

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.

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 Petworth 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, 2020

    Determined resolve & expert advice.

    "Saba Bireda and team [James Hannaway and Niamh Lang] helped us navigate a challenging time, both professionally and personally, with determined resolve, expert advice and consistent kindness—we were grateful to have them on our side."
    David W., Investor & Advisor

    Passionate and informative approach

    I am appreciative of the level of professionalism and care that I received while working with Kate, James, and Grace. I felt that the team's passionate and informative approach was what led to our success in going against a tech giant. I can not recommend Sanford Heisler enough and will be forever grateful for their dedication to my case.
    Former Client, COO

    Polymer80 Ghost Gun Case

    The Complaint, filed by the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore, alleges that Polymer80 violates Maryland and federal firearms law by manufacturing, selling, and advertising easy-to-assemble, un-traceable gun kits and parts that have created a public nuisance in the City of Baltimore, where 91% of ghost guns seized by police are sold by Polymer80.

    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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    Client Testimonials

    • “Saba Bireda and team [ James Hannaway and Niamh Lang ] helped us navigate a challenging time, both professionally and personally, with determined resolve, expert advice and consistent kindness—we were ...”

      - David W., Investor & Advisor
    • “I am appreciative of the level of professionalism and care that I received while working with Kate , James , and Grace . I felt that the team's passionate and informative approach was what led to our ...”

      - Former Client, COO