Profile

Sarah provides litigation counsel to clients in white collar cases and complex civil disputes.  She is a former law clerk for the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, and has extensive experience litigating in federal court.  In the White Collar group, Sarah represents business and individuals under investigation by state or federal authorities, from pre-indictment through trial and sentencing, where applicable.  Sarah’s experience includes:

  • representing witnesses and targets before the grand jury;
  • defending public officials against corruption charges before the Pennsylvania State Ethics Commission;
  • assisting clients with responding to complex subpoena requests from the U.S. Department of Justice and other federal agencies;
  • obtaining non-prosecution and deferred prosecution agreements for her clients;
  • conducting internal investigations;
  • providing guidance on compliance with state and federal statutory regimes, including the Pennsylvania State Ethics Act and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, among others.

In her civil litigation practice, Sarah defends public and private entities in civil rights cases and represents business entities in complex contract challenges and commercial disputes.  She has represented clients in both state and federal court on breach of contract claims, business torts (including fraud and misrepresentation), and commercial statutory claims.  Sarah has also represented automobile dealers in franchise disputes before the Pennsylvania State Board of Vehicle Manufacturers, Dealers and Salespersons, and has assisted public utilities in federal condemnation actions.

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 “reenter” society following incarceration.  She also provides representation to parents in custody disputes through the Dauphin County Bar Association’s custody conciliation process.

Prior to joining McNees, Sarah was a law clerk for The Honorable William W. Caldwell (United States District Judge).  During law school, Sarah interned at the United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, where she assisted in the prosecution of federal criminal cases and forfeiture actions.

Sarah proudly serves as a member of the Junior Board of the YWCA of Greater Harrisburg, the Harrisburg Rotary Club, and the firm’s Hiring Committee.

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

Pennsylvania Bar Association

Federal Bar Association – Middle District of Pennsylvania Chapter

American Bar Association – Criminal Justice Section

COURT ADMISSIONS

U.S. District Court – Middle District of Pennsylvania

U.S. District Court – Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Bar Admissions

Pennsylvania