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OPIA’s Sanford Heisler Information Session

September 13, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Join OPIA and attorneys from Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP for lunch and conversation. A lunch of Indian cuisine will be provided.

Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP is a national public interest and class-action law firm with offices in San Francisco, San Diego, New York, Baltimore, Nashville, and Washington, D.C. The firm represent plaintiffs in discrimination, wage and hour, financial services, public interest, criminal sexual violence, prison litigation, and complex civil and class action litigation. Come hear Senior Litigation Counsel Andrew Miller and Partner Saba Bireda talk about the work they do with Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP.


Andrew Miller currently represents dozens of counties and cities across the nation in their claims against some of the largest companies in the pharmaceutical industry for damages his local government clients have incurred as a result of the opioid epidemic.

Mr. Miller also focuses his practice on representing survivors of sexual abuse and other forms of violence. Prior to entering private practice, he worked as a prosecutor in Suffolk County, Massachusetts (Boston), where he investigated and prosecuted dozens of cases of felony sexual assault, along with felonies involving gun and knife violence. He has worked extensively with children and adults who have experienced sexual assaults and other forms of violence, and he has honed empathetic, respectful, and trauma-sensitive methods of informing, guiding, and empowering survivors and their loved ones through the often arduous process of seeking justice.

Mr. Miller is an experienced trial lawyer, and has tried dozens of cases to verdict thus far in his career.

At Harvard Law School, Mr. Miller was elected as a member of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, the nation’s oldest student-run legal services organization and one of Harvard Law School’s three historic honors societies.

Mr. Miller is fluent in Spanish.


Saba Bireda is a partner in Sanford Heisler Sharp’s Washington, DC office. She represents employees in individual and class actions involving race, gender, age, and pregnancy discrimination.

Saba joined Sanford Heisler Sharp after three years as a member of the senior political staff at the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, DC, including two years as Senior Counsel in the Office for Civil Rights. Saba is currently counsel for class of African-American employees alleging race discrimination by the U.S. Marshals Service. The class includes hundreds of USMS employees and spans a 25-year liability period. Saba was also on the litigation team representing female partners alleging pay discrimination in the Norton Rose/Chadbourne & Parke LLP case. Among her individual employment cases, Saba has represented, negotiated, and secured significant monetary awards for high level corporate executives and other clients with discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims. Saba led the Firm’s drafting of an amicus brief on behalf of former and current members of Congress in the Bank of America/Wells Fargo v. City of Miami case before the U.S. Supreme Court during the October 2016 term.

Saba is active in DC legal community and sits on several local and national nonprofit boards. She is a member of the District of Columbia Bar Association Rules of Professional Conduct Review Committee, the Women’s Bar Association, and the National Bar Association. In May 2016, Mayor Muriel Bowser appointed Saba to serve a three-year term on the District of Columbia Public Charter School Board. She now serves as Vice-Chair of the Board and, in 2019, was reappointed to an additional four-year term. Saba has served as adjunct faculty at the UDC David A. Clarke School of Law and the American University School of Education.

Saba’s experience includes service as a policy and legal advisor at Educational Counsel, LLC, as Deputy Director of the Poverty and Race Research Action Council, and as an Education Policy Analyst at the Center for American Progress. Saba was also a Philadelphia Bar Foundation Fellow, working both as a Litigation Associate at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP and as a Staff Attorney at the Education Law Center in Philadelphia.

While at Harvard Law, Ms. Bireda was an Executive Articles Editor of the Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, Co-Chair of Advocates for Education, and a Teaching Fellow for Professor Lani Guinier. As part of Harvard’s Trauma and Learning Policy clinic, Ms. Bireda successfully defended the rights of special education students in due process and discipline hearings. She also completed Harvard’s Trial Advocacy Workshop and represented defendants in criminal proceedings as a student attorney with the Criminal Justice Institute.

If you or an event participant requires disability-related accommodations, please contact HLS Accessibility Services in the Dean of Students Office at, or (617) 495-1880 in advance of the event.


September 13, 2019
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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