Sadina Montani

Partner
Washington, D.C.
smontani@crowell.com
Phone: +1 202.508.8875
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004-2595

Sadina Montani 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 (including class actions), and wage payment claims. She guides clients through internal investigations and has developed particular experience in investigating and managing allegations of sexual harassment. Sadina is a partner in the Labor & Employment group in the firm's D.C. office.

She also counsels and conducts training programs for clients on the full range of employment-related issues and has significant experience conducting wage and hour audits to ensure FLSA compliance. 

Additionally, Sadina has significant experience with wage and hour matters and regularly conducts wage and hour audits for her clients to ensure FLSA compliance. She also 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.

Sadina 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. She 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, D.C. 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.

She serves as pro bono counsel for a number of nonprofit organizations, which focus on education, the environment, and various social services. In 2019, Sadina 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 health care 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, she has been recognized by the D.C. Bar Association for her commitment to pro bono work.

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

Representative Matters

  • Defended 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 in which 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 in which 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.


Affiliations

Admitted to practice: Virginia and the District of Columbia; admitted to practice before U.S. District Courts for the Eastern District of Virginia, Western District of Virginia, District of Colorado, District of Columbia, and District of Maryland, and U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Fourth and Eleventh Circuits.

Professional Activities and Memberships

  • Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia
    • President (2020-2021)
    • President-Elect (2019-2020)
    • Treasurer (2016 to 2017)
    • Board Member (2015 to present)
    • Membership Committee, Co-Chair (2011 to 2015)
  • Greater D.C. Diaper Bank, President, Board of Directors
  • Washington Women’s Leadership Initiative, Member
  • Greater Washington Area Chapter (GWAC), Women Lawyers Division, National Bar Association, Member
  • Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, Professionals' Council (2016 to present)
  • District of Columbia Bar
    • Labor and Employment Section, Member
    • John Payton Leadership Academy, Inaugural Class (2013)
    • Screening Committee (2015 to 2016)
    • Nominations Committee, Chair (2015)
    • Leadership Development Committee (2017 to present)
  • American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section, Member


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Firm News & Announcements

Oct.16.2020 Partners Sadina Montani and Ellen Dwyer Participate in Women’s Bar Association of D.C. Leadership Symposium
Sep.30.2020 Labor & Employment Lawyer Sadina Montani Joins Crowell & Moring