Sarah is a 21st century lawyer with the focus and foundations of a trial attorney. She approaches today’s litigation and governmental investigations by leveraging carefully selected tools of technology with detail-oriented and practical problem-solving skills in representing her clients before state and federal judges and governmental investigators. She represents and advises corporations, individuals and public entities in business disputes and regulatory compliance. She provides day-to-day advice to clients in order to manage risk and resolve disputes.

Sarah also maintains an active education practice assisting public and public charter schools and institutions of higher education in employment, student and policy matters. She regularly counsels clients on IDEA, Title IX, and Section 504 compliance. She has represented clients before the North Carolina Office of Administrative Hearings, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and the US Department of Education Office for Civil Rights. She advises public bodies on policy, procedural, governance and judicial functions, including the North Carolina Open Meetings Law and Public Records Act.

Sarah has been recognized as a Rising Star by North Carolina Super Lawyers.


    Any result the lawyer or law firm may have achieved on behalf of clients in other matters does not necessarily indicate similar results can be obtained for other clients.

    • Part of defense team for large utility in federal criminal investigation, specifically responsible for managing evidence production from multiple facilities spanning decades in time.
    • Successfully obtained transfer of consumer product claims to multidistrict litigation.
    • Negotiated business resolution for construction dispute for Canadian contractor. Key member of litigation team representing public entity in multi-million dollar architect and contractor disputes.
    • Successfully represented public entity in multi-million dollar software contracting dispute.
    • Obtained finding of “no noncompliance” for private college in Office for Civil Rights investigation.


    Contact information

    +1 704.331.4982
    +1 704.444.9973

    Bar admissions

    2005, North Carolina

    Admitted to practice before the Federal Court for the Western and Middle Districts of North Carolina and the United States Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals


    • J.D., 2005, University of North Carolina
      • With honors
      • Managing Editor, North Carolina Law Review, Volume 83
      • Order of the Coif
      • Gressman-Pollitt Award Winner (for Oral Advocacy)
      • Dean’s List
    • B.A., 2002, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill: International Studies and Political Science
      • With honors
      • Phi Beta Kappa
      • Recipient, William R. Davie Academic Scholarship
      • Participant, Burch Field Research Seminar, Vienna,