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 assists businesses and individuals with obtaining licenses to work as private investigators.  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, 2022

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

PUBLICATIONS

July 12, 2022 - Examining the Intersection of Medical Negligence and Criminal Law in Pa
The Legal Intellegencer RaDonda Vaught’s case has led to vigorous opposition from various medical professional interest groups that object to what they view as essentially the criminalization of mistakes, which are inherent in a health care setting.

March 17, 2022 - PA Attorney General Warning to Pennsylvania Automotive Dealers
McNees Automotive Dealership Alert

January 26, 2022 - Federal Court Finds Educational Institutions Can Be Held Liable Under Title IX for Actions of Non-Students
McNees White Collar & Internal Investigations Alert

April 6, 2021 - PPP Fraud Compliance: The Best Payroll Protection A Company Can Have
Corporate Counsel Business Journal

February 23, 2021 - PPP Fraud Compliance: The Best Payroll Protection A Company Can Have
White Collar & Internal Investigations Client Alert

March 1, 2019 - New DOJ Policies Open the Door to Cooperation for More Companies
Corporate Counsel Business Journal

November 6, 2018 - Advancing Clarity and Cooperation – An Overview of the DOJ’s New FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy
In Hot Pursuit of Federal Criminal Justice

June 29, 2018 - Litigation News
Recent Supreme Court Decisions Strengthen Drivers’ Privacy Rights l The Cost of Online Fundraising: Crowdfunding Campaigns and Their Potential Use in Civil Litigation

August 7, 2017 - DOJ Pilot Program Measures Up in First Year: The tone is cooperative, but companies are warned to self-disclose
Metropolitan Corporate Counsel

June 20, 2016 - 6 Tips On Legal Writing From A Former Federal Law Clerk

May 1, 2012 - Two Steps Forward, One Step Back: How Federal Courts Took the ‘Fair’ Out of the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010