Sanford Heisler, LLP

Sanford Heisler, LLP

Sanford Heisler is a public interest law firm representing individuals and groups against corporations and governmental entities.

Firm Overview

The firm also represents individual citizens when a corporation is committing an act of fraud against the U.S. Government.

As a private attorney general, Sanford Heisler specializes in employment, Title VII and wage and hour matters; representation of executives and attorneys; qui tam whistleblower cases; consumer fraud; housing discrimination; mass torts; and appellate and complex litigation.

Main Office

Main Office
1666 Connecticut Avenue
NW, Suite 300
Washington, DC 20009




At Sanford Heisler, we are firmly committed to ensuring that employees are granted all the workplace protections afforded them under law, which includes pay for every hour worked.

We protect clients who have been subject to violations of the state and federal minimum wage, overtime, and child labor laws, as well as provisions of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). To that end, we work tirelessly to recover money owed to workers whose employers have broken laws relating to exempt and non-exempt worker classifications, overtime laws, legally-mandated alternative work schedules, compensatory time off, and obligatory meal and rest periods.

David W. Sanford

Sanford Heisler, LLP

David Sanford is the Chairman and co-founder of Sanford Heisler, LLP, a national law firm with offices in Washington, D.C., New York and California.
He received his law degree from Stanford Law School in 1995.

Legal Representation and Success

David Sanford has recovered over one billion dollars for individual clients and the United States government since 2004.

Mr. Sanford has represented CEO's, CFO's, COO's, General Counsel, and attorneys, as well as non-managerial, hourly employees throughout the United States.
Mr. Sanford has served as lead counsel in more than 50 class actions and numerous qui tam fraud cases around the United States.

Mr. Sanford has been recognized as a leading litigator by numerous publications, including the National Law Journal and the New York Super Lawyers list. Since 2006, Mr. Sanford has been AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest rating given to an attorney by judges and attorneys throughout the United States.

Largest Employment Verdict in United States History

Mr. Sanford served as lead counsel representing approximately 6,000 female employees in Velez v. Novartis. The presiding federal judge described the case as having been "brilliantly tried." After a seven-week trial, Mr. Sanford secured the largest employment verdict ($253 million) in United States history. He obtained a court-approved settlement of $175 million on behalf of the class that the judge described a "extraordinary" and "one of a kind."

Presentation at the United Nations

The United Nations has recognized the Novartis case as among the top 10 cases in the world advancing women's rights, and is the only case from the Unites States so recognized by the UN.

In July 2011, Mr. Sanford gave an address on women's rights at the United Nations. (1-hour video clip of UN event).

One of Largest Wage Settlements in United States History

Mr. Sanford also served as lead counsel in a wage and hour case against Novartis, which recently settled for $99 million on behalf of sales representatives who were not paid overtime wages.

Largest Qui Tam Settlement Involving a Biotechnology Company in United States History
Mr. Sanford was lead counsel for a relator in a fraud (qui tam) case against Amgen that the United States government settled for $762 million to resolve criminal liability and False Claims Act allegations.

Historic Settlement Against Cracker Barrel

Mr. Sanford was lead counsel in a race discrimination class action against the Cracker Barrel restaurant chain, which was the only race discrimination case intervened in by the Bush administration. Mr. Sanford represented the NAACP, as well as Cracker Barrel employees and customers. The case settled for over $8 million.

Some Current Representative Matters

Mr. Sanford serves as lead trial counsel in a wage case against Costco. Mr. Sanford represents a California state and nationally certified class of approximately 34,000 hourly workers at Costco stores throughout the United States who were locked in the store after they clocked out. Trial should begin in 2014.
Mr. Sanford serves as lead trial counsel in a fraud (qui tam) case against Smith & Nephew in Tennessee. Plaintiff-relator claims that Smith & Nephew unlawfully sold foreign products to the federal government in violation of the Trade Agreement Act. Trial should begin in 2014.

Mr. Sanford serves as lead trial counsel for 12 African American plaintiffs in a predatory lending matter against Countrywide Financial (now Bank of America) and Presidential Mortgage Group. Trial should begin in June 2014.
Mr. Sanford serves as lead trial counsel for a certified class of female plaintiffs who have brought gender discrimination claims against MSL Group and Publicis. Trial should begin in 2015.

Mr. Sanford serves as lead trial counsel in a nationally certified wage and hour matter against Valero Energy Corporation. Trial should begin in 2015.

Mr. Sanford serves as lead trial counsel in a gender and age discrimination suit brought by a senior executive against Cushman & Wakefield. Trial should begin in 2015.

Television and Radio Appearances

Mr. Sanford has appeared on most major television networks and cable news shows, including "Good Morning America," "NBC News with Brian Williams," "20/20," Fox News, MSNBC, CNN, NPR, and Voice of America.

Mr. Sanford appeared on the Forbes Radio Channel in a "Special Tribute to America's Best Lawyers," and has been quoted in major newspapers and journals throughout America on pending matters of importance in the law.

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