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 many 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.

  • They have given me some closure for the first time in over five years.

    “I was fighting on my own before I began working with Christine and her team [ Steve Kelly , Nicole Wiitala , and Shaun Rosenthal ]. When she took on my case, I was able to graduate college and ...”

    - Former Client
  • 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

Our Firm's Case Results

Achieving Precedent-Setting Verdicts and Settlements
  • $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.

  • $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.

  • $3.3 Million Verdict Title IX Wrongful Termination Case

    Sanford Heisler Sharp achieved the largest known jury verdict and monetary award in a Title IX case in U.S. history. Sanford Heisler Sharp represented women’s basketball coach Beth Burns, who was terminated by San Diego State University after she raised complaints about gender equity in athletics. A jury awarded over $3.3 million in damages following a four-week trial.

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
  • 2021 Best Law Firms
  • 2022 Lawdragon 500
  • 2021 Lawdragon 500
  • Super Lawyers
  • AV Rated
  • 2020 Chambers & Partners