Jonathan Tepe is a Partner at Sanford Heisler Sharp.
At Sanford Heisler Sharp, Jonathan’s practice has focused on employment discrimination, public interest litigation, and complex civil litigation, representing both individuals and classes. Working with a team of Sanford Heisler Sharp attorneys, Jonathan has represented clients including:
- A class of over 700 auto-workers alleging age discrimination against Volkswagen in Manlove v. Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft et al.
- Dozens of counties and cities across the nation in their claims against opioid manufacturers, distributors, pharmacies, and pharmacy benefit managers
- A co-founder of a global semi-conductor company InnoGrit Corporation, who was terminated and defrauded out of his share in the company in Chen v. InnoGrit Corporation, et al.
- Health care executives who were terminated after reporting violations of laws and regulations in Kyrimis, et al. v. Palomar Health et al.
- A Cuban citizen in his appeals of the denial of asylum, withholding of removal, and Convention Against Torture protection
- A general counsel who was demoted based on her gender
- An employee of a Fortune 100 company who was discriminated against based on his sexual orientation
- A female attorney who was terminated after reporting gender discrimination
Jonathan received his law degree from Columbia Law School and his Bachelor of Arts cum laude in Political Science and History, with Honors in Arts and Sciences, from The Ohio State University. While at Columbia Law, Jonathan was a member of the Human Rights Law Review, Public Relations Chairman of Rightslink (a student-run human rights law organization), and a participant in the Human Rights Internship Program. As an intern with the Legal Resources Centre in Makhanda, South Africa, Jonathan contributed to litigation that ultimately secured a judgment finding that severe furniture shortages in Eastern Cape schools violated the constitutional right to a basic education and ordering the government to provide sufficient desks and chairs to all Eastern Cape schools. He also helped to defend low-income families as an extern with The Bronx Defenders and to expand voting rights as an extern with The Center for Popular Democracy. While at Ohio State, Jonathan worked as an intern for the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, Employment Law Section and for U.S. Congressman Steve Driehaus.
Jonathan is a member of the Tennessee and Ohio bars. He is also member of the Tennessee Bar Association.
Before joining Sanford Heisler Sharp, Jonathan completed a clerkship for the Honorable Sarah A. L. Merriam, U.S. Magistrate Judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut. Prior to his clerkship, Jonathan was an Associate at Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he gained substantial experience in complex commercial litigation, as well as various pro bono matters representing low-income individuals.
When Jonathan is not lawyering, he enjoys traveling and cheering on the Ohio State Buckeyes and Cincinnati Reds.
- J.D., Columbia Law School
- B.A., Ohio State University
- Honorable Sarah A. L. Merriam, Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
Smart, Strategic, and Compassionate
Jonathan Tepe and his team are the definition of top-notch attorneys. They are smart, strategic and compassionate. They explained everything in detail and kept me updated throughout the process. Most importantly, they deliver! They were able to quickly secure a generous settlement in my case.”
Deciding to take action and pursue a legal case was a complicated and emotional decision. Ed, Cara, Jonathan, Leigh Anne, Kaitlin, and the rest of the team at Sanford Heisler Sharp supported me through this journey, providing expert guidance, caring, and compassion. They took the time needed to absorb the nuances of my situation, continued to navigate through roadblocks, demonstrated the patience of true professionals, and led my case to a successful outcome for me and my family. I will be forever grateful!
– Former Client
Passionate Care for Justice
“As a client of Sanford Heisler Sharp, I had the opportunity of working with its attorneys at multiple locations: Ms. Ella Zheng and Mr. Yikai Wang (in San Francisco), Ms. Leigh Anne St. Charles and Messrs. Kevin Sharp and Jonathan Tepe (in Nashville), and Mr. Andrew Melzer (in New York). Collectively the SHS team represented the highest level of professionalism, integrity, and passionate care for justice that I have ever witnessed in my career.
Like many individual plaintiffs, I was faced with a corporate defendant that was much more resourceful. The SHS team never showed any hesitation in representing me or wavered in their resolution to right the wrong. The attorneys and assistants worked through maternity, coronavirus infection, over-night depositions and many other challenges for nearly three years to ultimately deliver a resounding success!
I am forever indebted to Sanford Heisler Sharp's perseverance and kindness. Last three years were such a lifetime experience that I will never forget.”
– David Chen
They’re not only first rate attorneys and legal team, but genuinely good people to work with.
“Sanford Heisler and Sharp were my attorneys and I am so grateful they were. They were genuinely concerned for me and my family’s success in a work related legal matter. They kept me informed and educated me on options and concerns during the process. They never made a decision or took an action without discussing it with me and getting approval to do so. They made a difficult situation much easier to go through and helped us when many said no. My family and I are very grateful to the SHS team and would recommend them to anyone. They’re not only first rate attorneys and legal team, but genuinely good people to work with.”
– Tommy Bibb
The German automakers’ “Pact for the Future” labor campaign eliminates 7,000 jobs in the Americas primarily held by workers born between 1955 and 1960.
Fauquier County, Virginia, filed the lawsuit in state court against more than 15 opioid manufacturers, distributors, and PBMs.
Montgomery County filed the lawsuit in state court against more than 15 opioid manufacturers, distributors, and PBMs — including pharmaceutical titan Purdue Pharma and worldwide distributor McKesson.
Lee County and the City of Norton filed the lawsuit in state court against more than 15 opioid manufacturers, distributors, and PBMs — including pharmaceutical titan Purdue Pharma and worldwide distributor McKesson.
The Complaint on behalf of InnoGrit’s co-founder Yuhui (David) Chen alleges breach of contract, promissory fraud, retaliation, wrongful termination, and shareholder direct and derivative claims.
Martinsville and Henry County filed the lawsuit in state court against more than 15 opioid manufacturers, distributors, and PBMs — including pharmaceutical titan Purdue Pharma and worldwide distributor McKesson.
Page County filed the lawsuit in state court against more than 15 opioid manufacturers, distributors, and PBMs — including pharmaceutical titan Purdue Pharma and worldwide distributor McKesson.
Galax and Giles County filed the lawsuits in state court against more than 15 opioid manufacturers, distributors, and PBMs — including pharmaceutical titan Purdue Pharma and worldwide distributor McKesson.
Washington County filed the lawsuit in state court against more than 15 opioid manufacturers, distributors, and PBMs — including pharmaceutical titan Purdue Pharma and worldwide distributor McKesson.
The City of Alexandria and Dickenson County, Virginia, represented by Sanford Heisler Sharp and The Cicala Law Firm PLLC became the first municipalities in the Commonwealth of Virginia to pursue legal action against opioid manufacturers, distributors, and pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) for their role in creating the public health emergency caused by prescription opioids.
- UPDATE: Sanford Heisler Sharp Announces Four New Partners, Four Senior Litigation Counsel, GlobeNewswire, February 03, 2023