Whom We Serve - Public Entities

Sanford Heisler Sharp stands ready and well-equipped to meet the needs of public entities as clients. The Firm has extensive experience representing local governments on a contingency fee basis in their claims relating to public nuisances, health care fraud, and other threats to public health and well-being. The Firm also has extensive experience litigating matters involving complex investment products, investment performance, and breaches of the twin duties of prudence and trust and uses that experience to help public pension plan executives navigate the many challenges presented by today’s market.

Cities and Counties

The Firm currently represents dozens of cities and counties around the country in their claims related to the opioid epidemic. The Firm’s clients range from some of the largest, most cosmopolitan cities and counties in the country to small rural communities where every resident personally knows every local elected official. By choosing to hire Sanford Heisler Sharp to pursue claims when they’ve been harmed by large companies in the health care industry, the Firm’s locality clients have chosen a firm that has the expertise, the experience, and the resources to not only take on some of the largest companies in the world, but to do so with the specific needs of local governments in mind.

The Firm can execute in-depth, data-driven investigations of the harms that public entities have suffered as a result of public nuisances and health care fraud in order to help the entities’ executive bodies to determine whether to pursue litigation. These investigations may include quantitative data analysis, analysis of localities’ budgets and spending records, prescription claims data analysis, and interviews with employees of the locality. Sanford Heisler Sharp has the expertise to conduct these investigations using its own, in-house personnel, which provides the firm’s locality clients with significant cost savings because the work is included in the Firm’s contingency fee and is not outsourced to expensive experts or consultants. The Firm can also advise clients on how their FOIA obligations interact with the litigation discovery process.

Public Pension Plan Administrators

When called upon to investigate the performance of public pension plans, our team first conducts an evaluation to determine whether a recommended investment strategy complies with the plan’s governing documents. Then, we look into the reasons the recommendation was made. If we confirm a poor investment strategy, we then research the market to measure how the investment performed relative to their meaningful comparators in order to assess whether the aggrieved could recover damages. Sanford Heisler Sharp provides public entities that seek to pursue affirmative claims a law firm that is a proven litigation powerhouse and an experienced partner to local governments.

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