Yonina Alexander, JD ’12

Yonina Alexander, JD ’12

Associate, Sanford Heisler Kimpel, LLP

Yonina Alexander is an Associate at the San Francisco office of Sanford Heisler Kimpel, LLP, where she works on class actions involving wage and hour, discrimination, and other civil rights claims.

Prior to joining Sanford Heisler Kimpel, Yonina clerked for the Honorable Roslyn O. Silver of the United States District Court for the District of Arizona. She also served as a legal fellow at the Center for Justice and Accountability in San Francisco, where she worked with victims of torture and other human rights violations to bring claims in federal court under the Alien Tort Statute and Torture Victim Protection Act.

While in law school, Yonina served as Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard International Law Journal and as an oralist in the Philip C. Jessup Moot Court Competition. As part of Harvard’s Human Rights Clinic, she worked on issues relating to corporate accountability and assisted in drafting two amicus briefs submitted to the United States Supreme Court. Yonina also served as a research assistant to Professor Gabriella Blum and on the board of Harvard’s Advocates for Human Rights. She also contributed to a civil rights class action representing incarcerated women who had been sexually abused by prison officials and advocated for the implementation of the Convention to Eliminate All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) in multiple jurisdictions.

She received her bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins University and her law degree from Harvard Law School in 2012.