Sarah Day  Hurley

Sarah Day Hurley

Of Counsel
  • 864-552-4651

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.

  • As lead trial counsel, successfully defended a small business owner against claims of trademark infringement by a national restaurant chain
  • As lead trial counsel, obtained a favorable outcome for a real estate investor on breach of contract claims related to purchase of commercial real estate
  • Obtained summary judgment in Bankruptcy Court on behalf of creditor who brought adversary proceeding to pierce the corporate veil of the debtor defendant
  • Has obtained multiple other judgments and orders in her clients’ favor on various claims, including breach of contract, premises liability, and employment matters.
  • Sarah has experience as lead counsel in jury trials in both State and Federal Court. She has been counsel of record in more than 200 cases filed in the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina, and enjoys working with out-of-state lawyers as local counsel in federal litigation matters.
  • Catholic University of America, J.D., 1990
  • Clemson University, BA, English and Political Science, 1983
  • Admitted to practice in Georgia, 1994
  • South Carolina, 1998
  • Virginia, 1990
  • District of Columbia, 1991

Professional or Industry Involvement

  • Volunteer Mediator, Upstate Mediation Center
  • Chair, Trial and Appellate Advocacy Section of SC Bar (2004-2005)

Community or Pro Bono Involvement

  • Commissioner, Greenville City Planning Commission (2000-2008)
  • Leadership Greenville Class XXVII (2000-2001)
  • Board of Directors, Rosewood House of Recovery (1999-2001)
  • Board of Directors, Senior Action (1998-2000)
  • Member, Commission on the Future of Clemson University (1997-1998)
  • AV rated Martindale Hubbell