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Overview

“I approach each case with the same fundamental analysis: ‘What can we do?’ and ‘What should we do?’ The ability to understand and reconcile the answers to these questions is what distinguishes a good lawyer from a great one.”

Sarah's practice focuses on business disputes and litigation. She has litigation experience in a broad range of areas, including, breach of contract, constitutional law, construction, defamation, employment and personal injury.

While in law school, Sarah served on the University of Richmond Law Review and worked as a research assistant as well as a teaching assistant. Sarah spent her first summer in law school interning with the Honorable Robert S. Ballou in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia. She also spent a semester interning with the Honorable Roderick C. Young in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

After law school, and prior to joining Hirschler, Sarah practiced as an associate at Harman Claytor Corrigan & Wellman, where her practice focused on defending governmental entities and their employees against a variety of federal and state claims.

Recognition

Named to "Legal Elite" (Young Lawyer), Virginia Business, 2020

Experience

Experience

Defended governmental entities and their employees, including police officers and school teachers against various state and federal claims.

Obtained dismissal for police officer involved in a motor vehicle accident on Sovereign Immunity grounds.

Obtained dismissal of personal injury claim against an oil and propane company based on the Source of Duty Rule.

Obtained dismissal of property damage claim against fuel company in arbitration proceeding.

Successfully argued for dismissal of defamation claim.

Defended retaining wall company in breach of contract action.

Defended custom home builder against claim for contractual indemnity.

Independently tried numerous cases in General District Courts throughout Virginia.

Obtained defense verdict in a one-day jury trial involving a claim for personal injury.

Represented a large grocery store chain in a multi-day federal jury trial involving a premises liability claim.

Represented insurance company in a multi-day federal jury trial involving a first-party coverage dispute.

Represented a local church in a multi-day bench trial in Richmond City Circuit Court regarding a governance dispute.

Experience briefing and arguing constitutional issues such as sovereign immunity, qualified immunity, charitable immunity, and ecclesiastical immunity.

Experience in e-discovery management for large complex cases.

Perspectives

Community

Community

Professional Affiliations

Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys

Defense Research Institute

Richmond Bar Association

Henrico Bar Association

Beyond the Law

Beyond the Law

Outside of the office and the courtroom, Sarah enjoys relaxing at home with her fiancé and tending to her ever-growing exotic houseplant collection. In addition to her dear friends and family, Sarah loves a good podcast, long walks and strong coffee. 

University of Richmond School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude

  • Richmond Law Review, Articles Editor
  • McNeill Law Society

Virginia Commonwealth University, B.S., summa cum laude

  • Virginia 
  • U.S District Court, Eastern District of Virginia 
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