Qiaojing Ella Zheng

Top rated employment litigation attorney in Palo Alto, California

Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP
Qiaojing Ella Zheng
Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP

Practice Areas: Employment litigation, Class action & mass torts, Employment & labor; view more

Licensed in California since: 2013

Education: Thomas Jefferson School of Law

Languages Spoken: English, Chinese-Mandarin

Selected to Rising Stars: 2016 - 2023
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Qiaojing Ella Zheng is a partner and the Asian American Litigation and Finance Practice Group’s chair at the law firm of Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP. The firm has offices in New York; Washington, D.C.; San Francisco; Baltimore; San Diego; and Nashville. Ms. Zheng is the Managing Partner of the San Francisco and Palo Alto, California offices , assisting clients with:

  • Employment disputes
  • Financial services litigation
  • Discrimination and harassment claims
  • Civil litigation
  • Class actions
  • Whistleblower/qui tam claims

She represents clients in San Francisco as well as in New York City, the Bay Area and the greater New York metro area.

Graduating with her Bachelor of Laws degree from Zhejiang University in China, Ms. Zheng pursued her master’s in taxation law at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law. While in law school, she was a part of the International Law Society and the Student Bar Association. She is licensed to practice in the states of New York (2012) and California (2013). Later, she was admitted to appear before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit and the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of California.

Bilingual in Mandarin and English, Ms. Zheng represents a diverse range of clients, including those in executive and managerial positions. Her clientele includes people facing issues ranging from wage and hour disputes to retaliation and wrongful termination claims. She also counsels companies and individuals in China and the Silicon Valley on legal matters arising under regulatory and compliance laws in the U.S. Her legal studies and working experience in both the U.S. and China help her better understand international clients and their cultural differences. 

With an “Excellent” rating on Avvo, Ms. Zheng is known to be a professional and knowledgeable attorney. She is the recipient of the President’s Award by the Chinese American Lawyers of the Bay Area and the Asian Leaders Worth Watching Award by the Profiles in Diversity Journal. The YWCA Golden Gate Silicon Valley has honored her with the Tribute to Women Award, and the Minority Bar Coalition (MBC) has presented her with the MBC Unity Award. Moreover, she has made it to The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 under 40 list for civil plaintiff trial law in California. 

Ms. Zheng takes part in international conferences, writes blogs on employment disputes and plays an active role in her community circle. She functions as the president of the Chinese American Lawyers of the Bay Area and as a board director for the General Association of Zhejiang Entrepreneurs. She also serves as the vice president of the YWCA Golden Gate Silicon Valley.

Practice areas

Employment litigation: plaintiff, Class action/mass torts: plaintiff, Employment & labor: employee, Securities & corporate finance

Focus areas

Employment discrimination, Wrongful termination, Class actions, Employment law - employee, Wage & hour laws, Whistleblower, Sexual harassment, Securities law

  • 40% Employment litigation: plaintiff
  • 20% Class action/mass torts: plaintiff
  • 20% Employment & labor: employee
  • 20% Securities & corporate finance

First Admitted: 2012, New York

Professional Webpage: https://www.sanfordheisler.com/team/qiaojing-ella-zheng/

  • 2022 Daily Journal Top Labor & Employment Lawyers
  • 2020 Minority Bar Coalition Unity Award
  • 2022 Asian Leaders Worth Watching
  • 2022 Law360 Rising Star
  • YWCA Silicon Valley Tribute to Women Award, YWCA Silicon Valley, 2018
  • Northern California Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2016-2022
  • 2017 President’s Award, Chinese American Lawyers of the Bay Area, 2017
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California  
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • California, 2013
  • New York, 2012
Educational Background:
  • LL.M. (Master of Laws), Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • Zhejiang University, LLB, 2009

Office location for Qiaojing Ella Zheng

300 Hamilton Avenue
Suite 500
Palo Alto, CA 94301

Phone: 650-629-0099


8 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2016 - 2023

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