What We Do

Sanford Heisler Sharp specializes in litigating class action employment discrimination cases, wage and hour actions, financial services and ERISA claims, consumer fraud, housing discrimination, and qui tam and whistleblower matters. The firm also offers corporations and non-profit organizations training on how to reduce the likelihood of litigation arising.

Employment Discrimination & Harassment

Sanford Heisler Sharp represents corporate executives and attorneys in employment actions against their companies. The firm also litigates individual and class actions involving:

in state and federal courts around the country.

Wage & Hour Violations

Sanford Heisler Sharp can help employees ensure they are properly compensated for their work. The firm has recovered millions of dollars for manual laborers, independent contractors, and C-level executives, among many others.

Whistleblower/Qui Tam

Attorneys at Sanford Heisler Sharp serve as counsel to whistleblowers and relators throughout the United States. With the assistance of the U.S. Department of Justice, the firm has settled a number of cases against well-known companies and has recovered more than $1 billion in civil settlements and related fines.

Financial Services & ERISA Litigation

Sanford Heisler Sharp is an advocate for consumers in financial fraud actions, and specifically against companies that engage in predatory lending and unfair or deceptive business practices, among other unscrupulous practices affecting thousands of consumers. Currently, the firm is investigating GE for its possible breach of fiduciary rules under The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA).

Public Interest Litigation

Sanford Heisler Sharp can help federal, state, and local governments redress the harm and grievances of citizens who are victims of financial fraud, unfair and deceptive trade practices, voting rights abuses, drug-related crises, or elderly abuse. From contacting the Department of Justice to working closely with a state Attorney General or a U.S. Attorney’s office, the firm is uniquely positioned to support and augment the work of attorneys in government and its enforcement agencies.

Criminal/Sexual Violence

Sanford Heisler Sharp has successfully litigated and achieved extraordinary results in cases concerning Title IX, rape, sexual assault, sexual abuse, child abuse, premises liability, drunk driving, and crimes resulting from the wrongful service of alcohol. The attorneys in Sanford Heisler Sharp’s criminal/sexual violence practice group are knowledgeable and well-prepared to help survivors navigate both the criminal and civil justice systems. Their extraordinary results, in part, follow from their understanding that every survivor has a potentially valuable civil claim despite the outcome of a survivor’s criminal proceeding against their perpetrator, and from their commitment to ensuring a survivor’s privacy is protected as much as possible during the legal process.

Employer Anti-Discrimination Training

In addition to the foregoing practice areas, Sanford Heisler Sharp believes in helping employers be proactive about creating and maintaining diverse, collaborative, and equitable work environments. In support of that goal, the firm offers Initiative Training to corporations and non-profits on EEO compliance, performance management, talent development, and cross-cultural communication, among other potential issues in the workplace.

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Our Firm's Case Results

Achieving Precedent-Setting Verdicts and Settlements
  • Whistleblower Settlement Against Biotech Company $762 Million Settlement

    Sanford Heisler Sharp represented a former employee-turned-whistleblower who accused biotech company Amgen of violating the False Claims Act by promoting off-label drug use and illegal kickbacks to promote sales. Sanford Heisler Sharp’s work with the U.S. Department of Justice culminated in a $762 million global qui tam settlement.

  • Gender Discrimination Verdict Against Pharma Company $253 Million Settlement

    Sanford Heisler Sharp achieved the largest jury verdict in U.S. history in an employment discrimination case. A jury awarded $253 million after finding the pharmaceutical giant liable for gender discrimination in pay, promotions, and relating to pregnancy. The case benefited over 7,000 female pharmaceutical representatives.

  • Whistleblower Settlement Against Pharmacy $120 Million Settlement

    Sanford Heisler Sharp and co-counsel represented a general manager of an Omnicare pharmacy who blew the whistle on violations of the Medicare Anti-Kickback Statute and the False Claims Act. As part of the settlement, Omnicare agreed to pay $120 million.

  • Overtime Settlement Against Pharma Company $99 Million Settlement

    Sanford Heisler Sharp brought a major wage and hour class and collective action lawsuit alleging that Novartis misclassified its pharmaceutical representatives and failed to pay them overtime that they were owed. Sanford Heisler Sharp negotiated a $99 million settlement which resulted in over 7,000 sales reps receiving settlement payments.

  • Whistleblower Settlement Against Office Supplier $68.5 Million Settlement

    Sanford Heisler Sharp represented a whistleblower who alleged that office supply company Office Depot violated the California False Claims Act by overcharging over 1,000 government agencies for office and classroom supplies. The qui tam suit against Office Depot settled for $68.5 million.

  • Qui Tam Settlement Against Navistar $50 Million Settlement

    Sanford Heisler Sharp represented a former employee turned whistleblower who alleged that Navistar, a defense contractor, overcharged the Government in the MRAP vehicle purchase. The case settled in 2020 for $50 million, $11 million of which was awarded to the whistleblower.

  • Overtime Settlement Against Tech Company $28 Million Settlement

    Sanford Heisler Sharp secured a $28 million settlement for AT&T managers who had not been paid overtime by the telephone giant. The settlement benefited thousands of employees and resolved multiple class action and collective action lawsuits filed in California, Connecticut, and Georgia.

  • Whistleblower Settlement Against Medical Device Company $23.5 Million Settlement

    Sanford Heisler Sharp filed a whistleblower lawsuit alleging that medical device company Medtronic violated the False Claims Act by engaging in an illegal kickback scheme. Working with the Department of Justice and the Office of the Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services, Sanford Heisler Sharp negotiated a $23.5 million global settlement.

A Distinguished & Nationally Recognized Law Firm
in Employee Law and Civil Rights

  • 2022 National Law Journal Elite Trial Lawyers
  • 2021 National Law Journal Elite Trial Lawyers
  • 2021 Labor & Employment Firm of the Year - Benchmark Litigation
  • Employment Litigation Department of the Year
  • 2023 Best Law Firms
  • 2022 Lawdragon 500
  • 2021 Lawdragon 500
  • Super Lawyers
  • AV Rated
  • 2020 Chambers & Partners