Sarah knows what it takes to mentally outsmart her competition.
As a former nationally ranked equestrian show jumper, Sarah knows what it takes to mentally outsmart her competition. On the course and in her legal career, Sarah has never shied away from an obstacle. Known for her grace under pressure in the corporate boardroom and courtroom, Sarah remains on her client’s speed dial when employment and commercial disputes arise.
Over her career, Sarah has gained valuable experience as outside legal counsel as well as in-house counsel. Because of her in-house counsel experience at two publicly traded companies, Sarah understands the dual role of providing business advice and counsel. She appreciates the tough decisions companies are forced to make every day—whether it relates to their employees or the company’s bottom line. This experience gives her the insight to understand her client’s underlying business challenges and ultimate goals.
Not only does Sarah appreciate the challenges her clients face, she has the expertise to investigate employment matters, to provide advice and counsel regarding routine employment issues, and to litigate disputes.
You can contact Sarah directly at 469.607.2310 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Board Certified in the Area of Labor and Employment
Sarah is Board Certified in the area of labor and employment by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and represents companies in all facets of the employment landscape including, but not limited to:
- Defense of employment lawsuits
- Wrongful termination
- Non-compete/non-solicit violations
- Employment discrimination and retaliation
- Violation of leave laws
- Violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act, or Sabine pilot cases, or administrative charges before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Department of Labor or the respective state agencies.
In addition, Sarah also routinely counsels and trains companies in the following areas:
- Performance management
- Reductions in force and terminations.
- Reviewing and drafting policies, procedures, handbooks, applications, and other employment related forms.
- Advising executives in the onboarding and termination processes
- Review of employment and severance agreements.
Finally, Sarah is an experienced investigator for all types of internal investigations, including claims of harassment and discrimination, and violations of codes of conduct or ethics codes. Sarah applies a rational, common sense approach to achieve the desired business outcome for her clients.
Sarah is also an experienced commercial litigator dealing with contract disputes, business torts, insurance defense, breaches of fiduciary duty, products liability and personal injury matters.
Education and Certifications
J. D., Vanderbilt University School of Law, 2003
- Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment Law and Practice, Executive Editor, 2002-2003
B. A., Communication Studies Major, Business Administration Minor, Vanderbilt University, 2000, cum laude
- Alpha Delta Pi Sorority
Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 2009 to present
Prior Work Experience
- Senior Counsel, Estes Thorne & Carr, PLLC
- Senior Legal Counsel, Labor, Employment and Employee Benefits, Energy Transfer Partners
- Senior Legal Counsel, MoneyGram International, Inc.
- Senior Attorney, Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP
- Associate, Jones Day
- Associate, Fulbright & Jaworksi LLP
- Scoreboard Producer, Tennessee Titans Radio Network.
- State Bar of Texas
- State Bar of Oklahoma
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
- Pro hac vice admission to various federal district courts across the United States
- State Bar of Texas
- State Bar of Oklahoma
- Dallas Bar Association
- Dallas Womens Lawyers Association
- American Bar Association
- Stalled Overtime Rules May Still Impact You “Always On” Employees – Dallas Bar Association Headnotes – 01/2017
- Taking a Step Back: The Impact of the Sudden Halt on the New Overtime Rules – ABA The Woman Advocate Newsletter – 01/2017
- Attorney-Client Privilege in Civil Litigation: Protecting and Defending Confidentiality
- Keynote speaker, Trumping It Up: Analyzing the New Administration’s Impact on Employers at ABA Employment and Labor Relations Inaugural Regional Meeting – 09/2017
- What’s on the Horizon for the Trump Administration and Employment Laws? – Dallas Bar Association, Labor & Employment Section – 02/2017