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Sanford Heisler Sharp Reviews

Updated Oct 9, 2018

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David Sanford
11 Ratings
  1. "SHS is a great place to work"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I have been working at Sanford Heisler Sharp full-time

      Pros

      Attorneys and legal assistants are all passionate about the work they do, keeping a humble attitude in their approach to cases

      Cons

      unpredictable, sometimes long, working hours

      Sanford Heisler Sharp2018-10-09
    • "Great Opportunity for Recent Graduates"

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        Current Employee - Senior Legal Assistant 
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook
        Approves of CEO

        I have been working at Sanford Heisler Sharp full-time

        Pros

        Legal assistants get great opportunities that you probably won't find at any other law firm. You are involved in every step of a case, and are tasked with a great deal of responsibility from the get-go. This includes conducting intakes with potential clients, acting as the primary client liaison, drafting mediation briefs, court filings, and settlement communications, attending mediations and court appearances, reviewing...

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        Cons

        - Long hours that can be unpredictable - Steep learning curve for legal assistants, but worth it

        Sanford Heisler Sharp2018-08-26
      • Helpful (1)

        "Collaborative work culture for self-starters"

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        Current Employee - Associate 
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook
        Approves of CEO

        I have been working at Sanford Heisler Sharp full-time

        Pros

        - non-hierarchical structure; partners do not micro-manage employees - very collaborative and collegial work culture - non-partner attorneys and legal assistants contribute to strategic case decisions - ability to gain substantial case management and client interaction experience - great working environment for self-starters

        Cons

        - as is the case with most non-government legal jobs, the hours can be unpredictable - although there is some formal training, legal assistants are expected to "learn by doing" and some are better at this than others

        Advice to Management

        Prospective employees should be informed that the firm's business model is not that of the ACLU or other non-profits. We do important civil right work, but many of our clients are high earners.

        Sanford Heisler Sharp2018-08-20
      • Helpful (2)

        "Cutting-edge legal work with great team"

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        Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook
        Approves of CEO

        I have been working at Sanford Heisler Sharp

        Pros

        - smart lawyers -meaningful work -good pay -collegial environment Lawyers do real litigation on meaningful, exciting employment cases. Teams staffed leanly so young lawyers get lots of good experience.

        Cons

        - some long hours but worth it!

        Sanford Heisler Sharp2018-08-16
      • Helpful (1)

        "great place to work"

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        Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook
        Approves of CEO

        I have been working at Sanford Heisler Sharp full-time

        Pros

        friendly environment, helpful co-workers, and great space to learn about the legal profession overall

        Cons

        a LOT is expected, but you adjust as you go. It takes a while to get your legs, but once you do it'll be very satisfying.

        Sanford Heisler Sharp2018-08-16
      • Helpful (1)

        "Great Firm with Many Opportunities for Recent Graduates"

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        Current Employee - Senior Legal Assistant 
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook
        Approves of CEO

        I have been working at Sanford Heisler Sharp full-time for more than a year

        Pros

        Legal Assistants and new lawyers can gain extensive experience in various practice areas. While the work can be demanding, I have found the work incredibly rewarding. I have learned the ins and outs of the intake process, pre-suit negotiation, and litigation. Legal Assistants can also balance their casework with administrative tasks, which can be immensely helpful to understanding the operations of the firm. Attorneys...

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        Cons

        Not all employees share the same passion for the great work the firm does. Fortunately, most of these employees leave.

        Advice to Management

        I hope you continue to give young lawyers and young aspiring lawyers opportunities to make contributions through meaningful work. Many plaintiffs firms would do well to follow your management model.

        Sanford Heisler Sharp2018-08-17
      • Helpful (4)

        "Not worth it for Legal Assistants"

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        Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
        Doesn't Recommend
        Disapproves of CEO

        I worked at Sanford Heisler Sharp full-time

        Pros

        Most if not all attorneys truly care about helping people. Very substantial legal experience for future law students.

        Cons

        Sanford does not actually prioritize diversity or social justice. Firm leadership is mostly white and male. Legal assistants are expected to work long hours and essentially run the firm, performing work worth much more than their salaries. Management, when it exists, pays lip service to systemic workplace issues without making any actual change. These issues are so serious that legal assistants have been driven to tears....

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        Sanford Heisler Sharp2018-08-29
      • Helpful (1)

        "Good Place To Work"

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        Current Employee - Attorney 
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook
        Approves of CEO

        I have been working at Sanford Heisler Sharp full-time

        Pros

        - Interesting, meaningful and cutting edge cases that truly make a difference in employment law - Smart, talented colleagues. - Very cooperative working environment. - Non-hierarchical; even the most junior attorneys can work on substantive projects. - Firm management is respectful and understanding about family/outside commitments

        Cons

        - Like any law firm, the hours can be long

        Sanford Heisler Sharp2018-08-16
      • Helpful (3)

        "Mixed bag"

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        Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
        Doesn't Recommend
        Disapproves of CEO

        I worked at Sanford Heisler Sharp full-time

        Pros

        -Legal assistants and young attorneys given a lot of responsibility - often above their experience level / pay grade. This gives opportunity to learn a lot -younger staff generally committed to social justice and will keep you there

        Cons

        - Sanford’s ego dictates firm decisions - hierarchical structure/no equality/not really cooperative or team-driven environment -management claims to be committed to diversity but check the website -attorneys feel there is no hour off-limits to ask for more work (terrible hours, no work/life balance) -extremely elitist -ironically a very hostile work environment overall. Employees regularly cry at work and complain...

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        Advice to Management

        Address systemic workplace concerns that are raised rather than brushing them under the rug. Take cooperation more seriously, and check egos.

        Sanford Heisler Sharp2018-09-17
      • Helpful (5)

        "Mostly great team, mostly good work"

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          Current Employee - Legal Assistant 
          No opinion of CEO

          I have been working at Sanford Heisler Sharp full-time

          Pros

          -You get the chance to work on a variety of cases covering different issues, seeing multiple aspects of the litigation process and working with brilliant attorneys. -The other legal assistants are phenomenal and make work fun. -I have learned a ton about the law, which has informed my choice about going to law school. -Lots of interaction with clients, which is rewarding.

          Cons

          -Brilliant attorneys don't always make good managers. Attorneys have made me cry at work before. -Despite being an employment discrimination law firm, the firm does not have an HR department. When I reported a concern, no action was taken. -You work long hours and are expected to be available at all times. -The firm rarely takes clients who make less than $100k, which is frustrating.

          Sanford Heisler Sharp2018-08-17
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