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Overview

Sarah is a skilled and artful litigator, representing clients in high-stakes and complex litigation all over the country.

She has extensive experience representing large companies in a broad range of commercial matters at federal and local levels. Sarah has first and second chair trial experience in federal and state courts and routinely appears in federal courts throughout the country to defend against emergency TROs and other injunctive relief. She has substantial experience representing clients in commercial and contractual disputes.

Sarah is adept at working closely with general counsel and in-house counsel teams in both working to avoid litigation as well as managing pending litigation matters. She appreciates the burden litigation can place on a company and works to ensure cases are handled efficiently and effectively to keep disruption to a minimum. She aims to protect business interests and tailors her strategies to meet the individual goals and objectives of each client.

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Recognition

  • Association of Corporate Counsel, Value Champion, 2017
  • Women’s Champion for Social Change, St. Louis Ending Violence Against Women Network, 2013
  • Missouri Lawyers Weekly, Litigation Practitioner Award, 2012
  • Missouri Lawyers Weekly, "Top Defense Verdicts of the Year," 2006, 2008, 2013
  • Missouri Bar Pro Bono Wall of Fame, 2012

Education

  • J.D., Saint Louis University School of Law
    • summa cum laude
      • Order of the Woolsack
      • Class Salutatorian
      • Mel Friedman Real Estate Fellowship
      • Saint Louis University Law Journal
  • B.S., University of Dayton
    • Criminal Justice
    • magna cum laude 

Admissions

  • Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • The Missouri Bar
  • Women Lawyers' Association of Greater Saint Louis
Experience
  • First chair trial counsel for BASF Corporation in which BASF sought damages for breach of contract relating to a terminated agency agreement.  After a five day trial, the jury awarded BASF damages, while denying the defendant damages on its breach of contract counterclaim.
  • Trial counsel for Express Scripts, a large pharmacy benefits manager, in jury trial involving breach of contract claims brought by a pharmacy after Express Scripts terminated its relationship with the pharmacy. After a week-long trial, jury returned a complete defense verdict in favor of Express Scripts.
  • Multiple successes in defending clients against parties seeking injunctive relief relating to the termination of provider agreements.
  • Lead counsel in defending a client in confidential arbitration proceeding brought by a large health plan in the Northwest United States. The claimant sought more than $7 million in damages for breach of contract and breach of the duty of good faith and fair dealing claims. After a four day hearing, the AAA found in favor of the client and awarded no money to the Claimant.
  • Obtained numerous defense verdicts in jury trials in St. Louis City, St. Louis County, and Cape Girardeau County on behalf of physicians and other healthcare providers.
Community Leadership
  • Board of Directors, St. Martha's Hall
  • Legal Services of Eastern Missouri Volunteer Lawyers Program, firm liaison
  • Women’s Safe House