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Sadina Montani

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Sadina Montani is a Shareholder in Vedder Price’s Labor & Employment practice area.

Ms. Montani regularly represents employers in state and federal courts, and before various administrative agencies, defending claims of race, sex, disability and age discrimination, wrongful termination, wage and hour violations, and wage payment claims. Ms. Montani has first-chair and second-chair trial experience and has successfully argued summary judgment and other substantive and procedural motions in state and federal court.

Ms. Montani counsels and conducts training programs for her clients on all types of employment-related issues, including harassment and discrimination issues, termination issues (including reductions in force), ADA compliance and discrimination issues, FMLA and FLSA compliance, USERRA compliance and various federal and state employment laws.  Ms. Montani routinely conducts and guides clients through challenging internal investigations.  Additionally, Ms. Montani has significant experience with wage and hour matters, and regularly conducts wage and hour audits for her clients to ensure FLSA compliance.

Ms. Montani is an author and frequent speaker on a variety of employment topics, most notably on the impact of the #MeToo movement and the anti-harassment laws and best practices employers should understand.

Ms. Montani serves as pro bono counsel for a number of nonprofit organizations, which focus on education, the environment and various social services.

Prior to entering private practice, Ms. Montani was a freelance musician and performed with the Lansing Symphony Orchestra, the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra and the South Bend Symphony Orchestra, among others.

Sadina Montani

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Experience

  • Currently defending large government contractor against employee nonsolicitation and tortious interference claims
  • Won a jury trial in federal court in Miami, Florida on behalf of a global corporation where a former employee claimed age discrimination
  • Achieved dismissal of a lawsuit in state court in Tampa, Florida on behalf of a global technology company where a former employee claimed race discrimination, harassment and retaliation
  • Won summary judgment in Maryland state court on behalf of a global corporation defending against a claim related to the miscalculation of commission payments
  • Won summary judgment in federal court in Montgomery County, Maryland on behalf of a government contractor where a former employee claimed gender discrimination and retaliation
  • Represent federal contractors in connection with defense of Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblower and False Claims Act claims
  • Defended large radiology group and individual physicians against claims by former employed physician of discrimination, defamation and tortious interference with a future employment opportunity. Obtained complete defense award in favor of all respondents on all counts, including assessment of all arbitrator fees and costs against claimant

Sadina Montani

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Education

  • The George Washington University Law School, J.D., 2008
  • The George Washington University, M.A., 2005, cum laude
  • Western Michigan University, B.M., 2002, cum laude

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Bar Admissions

  • Virginia, 2008
  • District of Columbia, 2009

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maryland
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, 2017

Affiliations

  • Treasurer (2016 to 2017) and Board Member (2015 to present), Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia
  • Member, Leadership Development Committee, District of Columbia Bar (2017 to present)
  • Board Member, Greater D.C. Diaper Bank
  • Professionals' Council, Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law (2016 to present)
  • Member, Screening Committee, District of Columbia Bar (2015 to 2016)
  • Chair, Nominations Committee, District of Columbia Bar (2015)    
  • Co-Chair, Membership Committee, Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia (2011 to 2015)
  • Inaugural Class, John Payton Leadership Academy of the District of Columbia Bar (2013)
  • Member, District of Columbia Bar, Labor and Employment Section
  • Member, Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia
  • Member, American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section

Sadina Montani

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Sadina Montani

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