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Sarah leads the transactional practice of the Firm’s Motor Vehicle Group. She helps motor vehicle manufacturers manage the distribution network for their products by assisting them with the appointment of new dealers, drafting and implementing new dealer agreements and operating standards, navigating the sale of a dealership and the manufacturer’s right of first refusal and terminating a dealership and documenting the manufacturer’s repurchase obligations. She also advises clients in establishing key policies and programs impacting product distribution such as brand standards and incentive programs.

Sarah’s practice also encompasses the areas of business planning, general corporate matters and secured lending. She has extensive experience in structuring and documenting complex business arrangements for her clients, such as parts, extended warranty and service contract distribution arrangements, product licenses and agreements relating to the motor vehicle manufacturer-dealership relationship. She also represents lenders in connection with secured transactions, with a focus on credit facilities secured by partnership and other investment interests and experience in motor vehicle consumer financing.

Sarah is an active member of numerous Firm committees and is former co-chair of the Firm’s Pro Bono Committee.

Representative Experience

Professional Activities & Honors

  • Selected, Franchise Law, Best Lawyers in America® (2016-2018)
  • Recognized, Women Leaders in Pro Bono Legal Services, The Law Project (2014)

Charitable & Community Organizations

  • Vice President, Board of Directors, Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI)
  • Vice President, Board of Directors, North Lawndale Employment Network



Northwestern University Pritzker Law School, J.D., 1991

The American University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1988

Bar & Court Admissions

  • State of Illinois
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