Sarah’s practice centers on issues related to the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), including cost recovery actions and brownfield redevelopment, the Ohio Voluntary Action Program and other environmental litigation matters.
Before joining MD, Sarah was a legal intern at the Department of Justice Environment and Natural Resources Division and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. Sarah is originally from Dayton, Ohio and is an active member of the Dayton Bar Association. Sarah previously served as the chair of the DBA’s environmental law committee.
Sarah is admitted to practice in the State of Ohio, the United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio, the United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
AREAS OF EXPERTISE & FOCUS
Sarah works primarily on brownfield cost recovery cases, representing municipalities and private clients. Through this process, Sarah works to find funding for the revitalization of brownfields. She has experience with CERCLA, CWA, RCRA, and Ohio’s Voluntary Action Program. Sarah has also worked on common law nuisance and insurance recovery cases.
As part of her brownfield work, Sarah is an experienced environmental litigator. She has represented clients in both federal and state court. Sarah is also proficient in appellate advocacy, preparing briefs for consideration by the Ohio Supreme Court and the Federal Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.
- Women Lawyers of Franklin County
- Dayton Bar Association, Environmental Law Committee Chair 2011-2012
- Ohio State Bar Association, Environmental Law Committee
- Ohio State Moot Court Team, National Civil Rights Competition Team Member, 2009
- Public Interest Law Foundation, Vice-President of Fundraising, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, 2008
PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS
- “How to Own a Brownfield: Maintaining Defenses and Funding Cleanup,” I -70/75 Development Association Economic Development Summit 2015, May 28, 2015
- “Brownfields 101,” University of Cincinnati Professional Development Lecture Series, November 4, 2014
- “Creative Solutions for Funding Stormwater Projects,” co-presenter with Kristen Risch of Coldwater Consultants, 2014 Ohio Stormwater Conference, June 5, 2014
- “How to Own a Brownfield: Creative Ways to Fund Cleanup and Avoid Liability,” Ohio Brownfields Conference 2014, with Greg DeGulis and Steve Larson of McCarthy Lebit, April 9, 2014
- “Creative Ways to Fund Your Cleanup While Avoiding Liability,” Cincinnati Bar Association, October 25, 2013
- “Making Them Pay: How To Finance Your Brownfield Revitalization,” Ohio Brownfields Conference, May 24, 2012 in Columbus, OH
- “Cost Recovery: Lawyers As A Plus?” Ohio State Bar Association 26th Annual Environment, Energy and Resources Law Seminar, April 8, 2011
- “Cost Recovery: Lawyers As A Plus?” Ohio Brownfields Conference, January 2011
Sarah is co-author, with Greg DeGulis, of “Burlington Northern: CERCLA and Its Ever-Changing, Unpredictable Landscape” which was published in the Spring 2014 volume of the Natural Resources & Environment, a publication of the American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy and Resource. (Volume 28, Number 4, Spring 2014). Sarah also authored “Funding Brownfield Remediation: How Revitalizing Contaminated Property Can Be Within Reach” for Dayton Bar Briefs, the magazine of the Dayton Bar Association (February 2012 edition). While in law school Sarah published “Hall Street Associates, LLC v. Mattel, Inc.” in The Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution (Volume 24 2009 Number 2).
ACHIEVEMENTS & HONORS
- Named “Rising Star” in 2014 by SuperLawyers®
- Dayton Bar Association, Young Lawyer Leadership Program
- Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution, Symposium Editor
- Leslie Lucas Memorial Award Recipient, Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution
- Juliette Noone Lester Award Recipient, Saint Mary’s College
Sarah attended Saint Mary’s College where she received her BA in Political Science, magna cum laude. She received her JD from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.