- Complex Commercial Litigation
- Corporate Liability
- Director & Officer Defense
- Employment Class Action Defense
- Employment Law Training
- Employment Litigation and Avoidance
- Equal Opportunity/Discrimination Law
- Financial Services
- Health Care
- Higher Education
- Information Technology
- Media & Entertainment
- Privacy, CyberSecurity & Media
- Restrictive Covenants & Trade Secrets
- Trade & Professional Associations
- Wage & Hour Compliance
- Workplace Audits
- Workplace Counseling and Policies
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 President for the Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia (“WBADC”). Founded in 1917, WBADC is one of the oldest and largest voluntary bar associations in metropolitan Washington, DC, and one of the oldest women’s bar associations in the nation. Its mission is to maintain the honor and integrity of the profession; promote the administration of justice; advance and protect the interests of women lawyers; promote their mutual improvement; and encourage a spirit of friendship among its members.
Ms. Montani serves as pro bono counsel for a number of nonprofit organizations, which focus on education, the environment and various social services. In 2019 she was awarded the Tom Nees Award for Exceptional Service by Community of Hope, a non-profit organization pursuing a mission to aid low-income families experiencing homelessness and struggling with healthcare needs, in recognition of her long-standing, deeply-impactful service to the women, men and children who turn to Community of Hope for help. Additionally, Ms. Montani was recently recognized by the D.C. Bar Association for her commitment to pro bono work.
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.
- 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
- Virginia, 2008
- District of Columbia, 2009
- 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
- U.S. District Court, District of Colorado, 2019
- President (2020-2021), President-Elect (2019-2020), Treasurer (2016 to 2017), and Board Member (2015 to present), Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia
- President, Board of Directors, Greater D.C. Diaper Bank
- Member, Washington Women’s Leadership Initiative
- Member, Greater Washington Area Chapter, Women Lawyers Division, National Bar Association (GWAC)
- Member, National Association of Corporate Directors
- Member, Leadership Development Committee, District of Columbia Bar (2017 to present)
- 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
- Member, Washington Women's Leadership Initiative
- Defending an international commercial real estate company against claims of federal and state wage and hour violations in three related putative class actions in federal court in California, Colorado, and Washington, D.C.
- Successfully defended large government contractor against employee nonsolicitation and tortious interference claims; obtained complete defense award, including assessment of significant attorneys' fees, costs, and arbitrator fees against claimant
- 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