Profile

Sarah is a litigation attorney and co-chair of the White Collar Defense & Internal Investigations Group.  She helps business owners and public leaders navigate crises by safeguarding their rights and protecting them from government overreach.  Sarah’s experience includes:

  • representing witnesses and targets before state and federal grand juries;
  • defending individuals and entities accused of criminal or regulatory violations;
  • defending public officials in proceedings before the Pennsylvania State Ethics Commission;
  • assisting clients with responding to subpoenas from the U.S. Department of Justice, the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General, and other state and federal agencies;
  • conducting Title IX and other internal investigations; and
  • providing guidance on compliance with various statutory regimes, including the Pennsylvania State Ethics Act and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

In her civil litigation practice, Sarah defends public and private entities in civil rights cases and represents businesses in complex commercial disputes.  She has represented clients in both state and federal court on breach of contract claims and business torts (including fraud and misrepresentation).  She is also a member of the appellate and post-trial practice group, having handled numerous appeals.

Sarah has a robust pro bono practice.  She works with the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania’s Court Assisted Re-Entry Program (CARE), which helps individuals re-enter society following incarceration.  She is a member of the federal court’s Criminal Justice Act panel, through which she represents indigent federal defendants.  She also provides assistance to military veterans facing legal challenges, including criminal charges.

Prior to joining McNees, Sarah was a law clerk for The Late Honorable William W. Caldwell, United States District Judge.  She graduated summa cum laude from Penn State Law in 2013.

Sarah proudly serves as a member of the Junior Board of the YWCA of Greater Harrisburg, the Harrisburg Rotary Club, and the Dauphin County Bar Association Board of Directors.  She was a member of the Leadership Harrisburg Class of 2020, and a 2021 recipient of the Central Penn Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 award.

EDUCATION

University of Rochester, B.A., cum laude 

Dickinson School of Law of The Pennsylvania State University, J.D., summa cum laude 

MEMBERSHIPS

Dauphin County Bar Association, Board of Directors

Pennsylvania Bar Association

Federal Bar Association – Middle District of Pennsylvania Chapter

American Bar Association – Criminal Justice Section

Junior Board of the YWCA of Greater Harrisburg

Harrisburg Rotary Club

Leadership Harrisburg Class of 2020

HONORS/AWARDS

The Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch, 2021

40 Under Forty, 2021

COURT ADMISSIONS

U.S. District Court – Middle District of Pennsylvania

U.S. District Court – Eastern District of Pennsylvania

U.S. District Court – Western District of Pennsylvania

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Bar Admissions

Pennsylvania

Ohio