Sarah A. Zielinski

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Education
  • Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology, JD, Order of the Coif, Notes and Comments Editor, Law Review, 2007
  • Miami University, BA, English Literature, magna cum laude, 2004
  • Miami University, BS, Business Administration, cum laude, 2004
Admissions
  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit
Affiliations

Vice-Chair, Section of Antitrust Law, Pricing Conduct Committee, American Bar Association, 2014-2016

Co-Chair, Coalition of Women's Initiatives in Law Firms, Associates Committee, 2014-2015

Young Lawyer Representative, Section of Antitrust Law, Public Education and Oral History Committee, American Bar Association, 2011-2014

Member, Illinois State Bar Association

Member, Chicago Bar Association

Sarah’s practice focuses on class action litigation, complex commercial litigation, and compliance counseling. Her substantive areas of concentration include the antitrust laws and consumer protection statutes such as the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”).

Sarah’s antitrust litigation experience consists of representing companies and individuals in civil and criminal antitrust actions involving conspiracies, price fixing, market and customer allocation, bid rigging, indirect purchaser claims, monopolization, attempted monopolization, exclusive dealing, and unfair competition.

Sarah regularly counsels clients on a wide variety of antitrust issues, including competitor interactions, competitor collaborations, resale price maintenance, minimum advertised pricing, tying, group boycotts, benchmarking, competitive information exchanges, non-compete agreements, exclusive dealing, reciprocal dealing, below-cost pricing, discounting practices, price discrimination, unfair competition, and deceptive practices. She has assisted companies with internal investigations and audits to assess compliance with the antitrust and corruption laws. She has helped companies implement compliance policies and launch training programs to reduce antitrust and corruption risk. Sarah has given speeches and training presentations on antitrust compliance and recent developments under the antitrust laws.

Beyond her antitrust experience, Sarah also has extensive class action litigation experience, with an emphasis on defending consumer class action cases. She has significant experience defending class action and individual cases arising under the TCPA. She has successfully obtained voluntary and involuntary dismissals of TCPA cases, and has negotiated class action and individual settlements. Sarah also regularly counsels clients on how to ensure that their practices are TCPA-compliant.

Sarah has represented clients in a variety of complex commercial litigation matters, including cases involving securities law violations, products liability, commercial fraud, consumer fraud, tortious interference and other business torts, contract disputes, and lender liability.

In 2014, Sarah spent three months working in-house for a firm client. Sarah’s responsibilities included updating the client’s compliance policies and drafting new policies governing all aspects of the client’s business. She also provided counseling on antitrust, corruption, and other trade matters.

Sarah is actively involved in the American Bar Association. In 2014, Sarah became a Vice-Chair of the Pricing Conduct Committee of the Antitrust Section of the American Bar Association. Prior to that, she spent three years as the Young Lawyer Representative for the Public Education and Oral History Committee. Sarah also is involved in the Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law Firms. During 2014-2015, she was a Co-Chair of the Associates Committee of the Coalition.

Prior to joining McGuireWoods, Sarah was a legal writing teaching assistant and a legal research assistant at Chicago-Kent College of Law. She was also a summer associate at McGuireWoods. In law school, Sarah was a Chicago-Kent Honors Scholar and received CALI Awards for Excellence in Legal Writing, Trial Advocacy, Business Associations, Contracts, Employee Discrimination, and Professional Responsibility. She was also a member of the Law Review and Moot Court Honor Society.

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Defense of a domestic ocean shipping company in civil and criminal antitrust cases alleging price fixing and bid rigging.

Defense of a manufacturer of foam products in civil antitrust cases alleging price fixing and customer allocation.

Defense of an executive in criminal antitrust case alleging price fixing of LCD panels.

Defense of an executive in criminal antitrust case alleging price fixing of automotive parts.

Representation of a hospital alleging exclusive dealing, monopolization, and attempted monopolization claims against a competing hospital.

Defense of a market research company in case alleging violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

Defense of an auto loan company in case alleging violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

Defense of a provider of tax and accounting software in case alleging violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

Defense of a satellite television provider in litigation seeking to prevent claims arising under the Fair Labor Standards Act from proceeding on a class basis in arbitration.

Defense of a secured lender in case alleging that the lender’s actions prior to and following a commercial borrower’s default violated the Illinois Uniform Commercial Code and other state laws.

Named an “Emerging Lawyer,” Antitrust Law, Class Action/Mass Tort Defense Law, Commercial Litigation, Leading Lawyers, 2015

Named to "Illinois Rising Stars," Antitrust Litigation, Civil Litigation: Defense, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2014-2017

Co-author, "Big Data and Its Big Impact on Fintech Lending," Illinois Banker, November-December 2016
Author, "Courts vs. Arbitrators: Who Decides the Availability of Class Procedures in Arbitration?," Business Torts & RICO News, American Bar Association, Section of Antitrust Law, Business Torts & Civil RICO Committee, Fall 2014
Speaker, "Are You the Victim of an Antitrust Violation?," Hot Topics in Antitrust Compliance and Enforcement Conference, October 12, 2017
Speaker, "Current Issues in Antitrust," Compliance in the Real World; A Practical Discussion About Today’s Top Issues, McGuireWoods LLP Conference, May 17, 2017
Speaker, "Corporate Counseling Committee’s Monthly Antitrust Update," Section of Antitrust Law, Corporate Counseling Committee, American Bar Association, May 12, 2017
Speaker, "Antitrust Hypotheticals – LIVE!," Hot Topics in Antitrust Compliance and Enforcement, McGuireWoods Seminar, December 7, 2016
Panelist, "You’ve Been Sued: Now What? Initiation of Antitrust Litigation from Plaintiff, Defense and In-House Perspective," Section of Antitrust Law, Civil Practice and Procedure Committee, American Bar Association, November 14, 2016
Panel Moderator, "Retailer Beware Part 2: When Does Discount Advertising Become Deceptive in Canada, the UK and the EU?," Section of Antitrust Law, Pricing Conduct Committee, American Bar Association, September 22, 2016
Panel Moderator, "Retailer Beware: When Does Discount Advertising Become Deceptive?," Section of Antitrust Law, Pricing Conduct Committee, American Bar Association, June 29, 2016
Speaker, "Antitrust Hot Topics," Hot Topics in Antitrust Compliance, McGuireWoods LLP Seminar, October 14, 2015
Panelist, TCPA Impacts the Healthcare Industry, McGuireWoods LLP Webinar, July 21, 2015
Panel Moderator, "Striving to Thrive in the Legal Profession," Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law, February 2015
Panelist, "Antitrust Compliance in ‘3D’ – Hot Topics in Antitrust," Association of Corporate Counsel, Chicago Chapter, October 2013