Clients and Industries
During her career in private practice, Sara has represented many different companies, executives and licensed professionals. She serves clients in a variety of industries, including health care, pharmaceutical, medical devices, financial services and real estate development
Practice Areas and Experience
Sara has handled both white collar criminal defense matters and complex civil litigation. She represents clients in state and federal courts, in administrative hearings, and in government investigations and enforcement actions.
She has dealt with government allegations of kickbacks, overbilling, securities fraud, bank fraud, mail fraud, wire fraud, false statements and other matters.
Her civil litigation experience includes ordinary commercial disputes, fraud actions and employment controversies.
Sara also represents lawyers involved in investigations, disciplinary actions and reinstatement proceedings before the Board of Bar Overseers.
Professional Experience Outside of Collora LLP
After graduating law school, Sara served as a law clerk to the Hon. Boyce F. Martin, Jr., Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. She joined Collora LLP in 2001, where she represented clients in state and federal court for five years. In 2006, Sara joined the Federal Public & Community Defenders’ National Sentencing Resource Project as a legal research-writing specialist. While there, she advocated for fairer and more appropriate sentencing policies and practices on behalf of the Defender community. She has drafted comments and testimony to the U.S. Sentencing Commission on proposed changes to the Sentencing Guidelines, assisted with sentencing cases before the U. S. Supreme Court, including co-authoring amici curiae briefs on behalf of the Federal Public and Community Defenders and the National Association of Federal Defenders in Gall v. United States, 2007 WL 2197511 (U.S. Sup. Ct. July 26, 2009) & Claiborne v. United States, 2006 WL 3760844 (U.S. Sup. Ct. Dec. 18, 2006), and traveled nationwide training attorneys on sentencing advocacy and practice. She returned to Collora LLP in August 2010.
Sample of Results in Practice *
- Part of team that secured an acquittal for a pharmaceutical executive charged with 11 other defendants in federal court with conspiracy to defraud the government and violate anti-kickback and pharmaceutical marketing laws. The jury acquitted the client despite a prior settlement between the client’s company and the government, and despite negative publicity that included national television interviews with a company whistleblower.
- Won a new trial for a client convicted of a serious felony by proving that his trial counsel was ineffective. The client was released from prison and returned home to his family. The state later chose not to retry the case and dismissed all charges against him.
- Over Bar Counsel’s opposition, won reinstatement for a client who had been indefinitely suspended from the practice of law over nine years before, allowing him to regain his law license and his profession.
* This sampling of cases represents a selected, small portion of this lawyer’s total experience and past performance is not intended to be a representation of likely future results, which must be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
Sara set her sights on becoming a lawyer after reading “To Kill a Mockingbird” at 8 years-old. She is inspired by the notions of justice and fairness, and protecting the individual from governmental overreaching. She is pleased by anything that makes her think, laugh or both.