Sarah is a native South Carolinian, but practiced law in Washington, DC and Atlanta for several years before returning to her hometown of Greenville, South Carolina in 1998.
Over the years, she has concentrated her practice in various aspects of business litigation, and frequently defends clients in connection with business tort and contract claims, including alleged fraud, breach of contract, unfair competition, trademark infringement, misappropriation of trade secrets, unfair trade practices, breach of fiduciary duty, defamation, and bad faith. Sarah also advises clients in employment and other sensitive, confidential matters, and has guided clients through internal investigations relating to securities regulatory and employment matters. In addition to her litigation practice, Sarah also advises clients in the areas of trademark selection and registration.
Sarah enjoys advocating on behalf of her clients in the hospitality and retail industry. As a former business owner (coffee shop and retail), Sarah is intimately familiar with the demands placed upon retail owners, especially small business owners. She frequently defends retail industry clients in personal injury claims, including claims of negligence, negligent entrustment, and premises liability.
In addition to the above, Sarah counsels her business clients on workplace issues, including employee handbooks, non-compete agreements, and wage payment issues. She has successfully defended employment discrimination claims and other employment-related claims in State and Federal Courts and before regulatory agencies, including the EEOC and SCHAC.
While the ultimate success in litigation is obtaining a favorable verdict from the fact finder, Sarah recognizes that not every case merits a “scorched earth” strategy, and that litigation must be managed and resolved in the most efficient and effective way possible. For this reason, while knowing that some disputes require prompt and aggressive action to protect a client’s interests, Sarah always strives to reach resolution in the most prudent and practical manner possible, staying mindful of the client’s objectives and treating each of her clients’ businesses as though they were her own.
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