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. She is currently Co-Chair of the Pricing Conduct Committee of the Antitrust Section of the American Bar Association.
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.
Board Member, American Heart Association Associate Board of Chicago, 2017-present
Co-Chair, Chicago Women Antitrust Lawyers Network, 2017-present
Co-Chair, Section of Antitrust Law, Pricing Conduct Committee, American Bar Association, 2017-2022
Vice-Chair, Section of Antitrust Law, Pricing Conduct Committee, American Bar Association, 2014-2017
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
Fellow, American Bar Foundation
Selected for inclusion in “Legal 500 United States,” Antitrust – Cartel; Antitrust – Civil Litigation/Class Actions: Defense; Fintech, 2022
Selected for inclusion in America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Antitrust, Illinois, Chambers USA, 2021, 2022
Named an “Emerging Lawyer,” Antitrust Law, Class Action/Mass Tort Defense Law, Commercial Litigation, Leading Lawyers, Law Bulletin Media, 2015-2022
Named to "Illinois Rising Stars," Antitrust Litigation, Civil Litigation: Defense, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2014-2017
McGuireWoods Achieves Top Rankings in Chambers USA’s 2021 Leading Lawyers Guide
May 21, 2021
McGuireWoods Earns 32 Nationwide Practice Rankings in Legal 500 United States Guide
June 30, 2020
McGuireWoods Earns 30 Nationwide Practice Rankings in Legal 500 United States Guide
June 3, 2019
McGuireWoods Earns Nationwide Ranking In Prestigious Chambers Fintech Guide
December 11, 2018