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Jonathan Tepe is a Senior Litigation Counsel 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.
  • healthcare 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.

    Credentials

    • J.D., Columbia Law School
    • B.A., Ohio State University

    Clerkship

    • Honorable Sarah A. L. Merriam, Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut

    Bar Admissions

    • Tennessee
    • Ohio

    Court Admissions

    • 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

    Passionate Care for Justice

    "As a client of Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP, 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

    Volkswagen AG Age Discrimination Collective Action

    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, VA Opioid Epidemic Lawsuit

    Fauquier County, Virginia, filed the lawsuit in state court against more than 15 opioid manufacturers, distributors, and PBMs.

    Montgomery County, VA Opioid Epidemic Lawsuit

    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, VA and Norton Opioid Epidemic Lawsuit

    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.

    InnoGrit Corp. Breach of Contract Suit

    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, VA Opioid Epidemic Lawsuit

    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, VA Opioid Epidemic Lawsuit

    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, VA Opioid Epidemic Lawsuits

    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, VA Opioid Epidemic Lawsuit

    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.

    Alexandria & Dickenson County, VA Opioid Epidemic Lawsuits

    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.

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    Jonathan Tepe

    Senior Litigation Counsel

    Client Testimonials

    • “Collectively the SHS team represented the highest level of professionalism, integrity, and passionate care for justice that I have ever witnessed in my career.”

      - David Chen, a Former Client