Who We Are

At Sanford Heisler Sharp, our team of knowledgeable attorneys is committed to representing clients against powerful entities. Read through our history and you can see that litigating cases in the public interest has been at our firm’s core since our founding. Our firm has been consistently recognized by the national media and the courts for securing outstanding results. But our most important accolades come from our clients.

Our seasoned attorneys are known for taking on high-profile employment harassment and discrimination cases, litigating large class actions involving wage and hour violations, guiding whistleblowers through the process of submitting their claims and obtaining significant awards, supporting victims of sexual and other types of criminal violence, and representing aggrieved investors in high-stakes 401(k)/pension mismanagement cases.

We have law offices located in six cities and may practice in every jurisdiction in the U.S. so that we can better serve our clients’ unique needs and pursue the justice they deserve. We proudly offer cutting-edge and creative legal counsel that allows us to push the law in new directions and fiercely advocate for our clients’ best interests.

We strive to build a world where all can flourish. And our legal team takes the time to get to know our clients and their situations so we can represent each individual with the civility, integrity, and professionalism that they deserve, both in and out of the courtroom.

  • Forever indebted to them

    “The firm, particularly Deborah Marcuse, treated me with kindness as well as the best expert guidance. Forever indebted to them.”

    - Suzy Reingold
  • I will always be grateful

    “This Firm has proven again and again it has the necessary talent, experience, intelligence, creativity, and resources to represent workers and whistleblowers successfully against even the country’s largest employers.”

    - Lorene Schaefer, Esq., President of WinWinResolve.com and Former GC of GE Transportation
  • Superb intelligence and deep care for my best interest

    “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
  • Reassuring and confident.

    “Everyone I interacted with at Sanford Heisler Sharp was not only accomplished and brilliant at what they do, but also good people with good values.”

    - Former Client
  • Kindness and compassion.

    “Each member of the Sanford Heisler Sharp team shows ultimate professionalism, mastery of the law, unwavering dedication to the clients and passion for the cause. And most important to me, kindness and compassion.”

    - Former Client Donna Kassman, Lead Plaintiff in KPMG Gender Discrimination Class Action
  • Achieve great results.

    “As an attorney on the defense side, I can say there is simply no one better than Sanford Heisler Sharp. That view is shared by defense attorneys around the country. They outwork the other side, master the law and facts, and achieve great results.”

    - Maria Hallas, Attorney and Journalist
  • Remarkable knowledge and skill.

    “Sanford Heisler Sharp have taken the pharmaceutical industry by storm. They are shattering the glass ceiling imposed on women by pharma’s old boys’ club.”

    - Jacqueline Pena, Lead Plaintiff in The Class Action Wellens v. Daiichi
  • Making a Difference in the World for the Betterment of Working Women’s Rights.

    “I deeply appreciated not only [the Firm’s] astute legal counsel, but also the understanding and human touch they used at every turn. . . . As a lawyer myself, I felt privileged to have gotten the chance to work with them.”

    - Female Law Partner
  • Champion for Workplace Gender Equality.

    “I contacted SHS because it has a stellar reputation as a champion for workplace gender equality. That reputation is well-deserved; SHS is a deft negotiator, a voracious advocate, and – most importantly – knows how to get results.”

    - Former Client and VP of a Major Technology Company
  • Wonderful Human Beings.

    “The team at Sanford Heisler consists of great people who are not only very skillful in the legal domain, but are also wonderful human beings with the highest degree of empathy for their clients.”

    - A Female Director in a Tech Company
  • You are all phenomenal.

    “Thank you again to you all for representing me on this matter. You are all phenomenal. I am very grateful for your knowledge, professionalism and compassion.”

    - Big Law Attorney
  • Extraordinary.

    “The result was extraordinary.”

    - Marc Thomas, Attorney and Former CEO of GE Aviation Materials

Our Firm's Case Results

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

    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.

  • $253 Million Settlement Gender Discrimination Verdict Against Pharma Company

    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.

  • $120 Million Settlement Whistleblower Settlement Against Pharmacy

    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.

  • $99 Million Settlement Overtime Settlement Against Pharma Company

    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.

  • $99 Million Settlement $99 Million Settlement Reached After Successful Appeal

    Sanford Heisler Sharp won an appeal in In re Novartis Wage & Hour Litigation in the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and, as a result, Plaintiffs reached a $99 million settlement – one of the largest overtime pay settlements in U.S. history.

  • $68.5 Million Settlement Whistleblower Settlement Against Office Supplier

    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.

  • $50 Million Settlement Qui Tam Settlement Against Navistar

    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.

  • $28 Million Settlement Overtime Settlement Against Tech Company

    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.

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

  • 2021 National Law Journal Elite Trial Lawyers
  • 2021 Labor & Employment Firm of the Year - Benchmark Litigation
  • Employment Litigation Department of the Year
  • Best Law Firms 2021
  • Best Lawyers - 2021
  • Lawdragon 500 - 2021
  • Super Lawyers
  • AV Rated
  • Chambers & Partners 2020
  • Washingtonian – Washington, DC’s Best Lawyers: Employment Plaintiffs 2020