- Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals
- Business Litigation
- Post-Acute Care Providers
|Contact Info||Telephone: 314.480.1920|
|University ||University of Dayton, B.S., Criminal Justice, magna cum laude, 1997|
|Law School||Saint Louis University School of Law, J.D., summa cum laude, 2000 Order of the Woolsack, Class Salutatorian, Mel Friedman Real Estate Fellowship, Saint Louis University Law Journal|
|Admitted||2000, Missouri; 2001, Illinois; 2001, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri|
Professional Associations and Memberships
•American Bar Association
•American Health Lawyers Association
•The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
•The Missouri Bar
•Women Lawyers' Association of Greater Saint Louis
Sarah has an active litigation practice as a member of the firm's Healthcare, Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals team. She focuses on healthcare defense, including medical malpractice actions and nursing home litigation, as well as defending managed-care organizations. She has substantial experience representing physicians and other healthcare providers in personal injury, wrongful-death claims and commercial disputes.
Sarah has extensive first- and second-chair trial experience in state and federal courts and, moreover, routinely works with clients to ensure their business goals are met and their cases are handled in an efficient and cost-effective manner.
Awards and Recognitions
•Women's Champion for Social Change, St. Louis Ending Violence Against Women Network, 2013
•Missouri Lawyers Weekly, Litigation Practitioner Award, 2012
•Missouri Lawyers Weekly, Top Defense Verdicts of the Year, 2006, 2008, 2013
•Missouri Bar Pro Bono Wall of Fame, 2012
•Legal Services of Eastern Missouri Volunteer Lawyers Program, firm liaison
•The Marian School
•Women's Safe House
Healthcare - PBM Litigation
•Successfully defended a pharmacy benefits manager against action brought by compounding pharmacy after pharmacy was terminated from provider network (Trilogy Health Care, LLC v. Medco Health Solutions, Inc., 2013 WL 4832708, at *2 (D.N.J. Sept. 10, 2013).
•Represented major pharmacy benefits manager in breach-of-contract action brought by health plans.
•Arbitrated on behalf of major pharmacy benefits manager in action brought by pharmacy over audit disputes.
Healthcare - Managed Care Litigation
•Defended one of the nation's largest managed behavioral healthcare companies in a lawsuit brought by a member's family after the member's sudden death.
Healthcare - Medical Malpractice
•Secured a defense verdict in favor of an anesthesiologist in lawsuit by patient who blamed post-surgery complications on respiratory distress following the procedure. Defense experts testified that physician acted appropriately and that plaintiff's medical issues were a result of her heart defect.
•Obtained several defense verdicts for physicians in medical malpractice actions pending in the City and County of St. Louis City and Cape Girardeau County, Mo.
•Obtained a complete defense verdict for a skilled-nursing facility in a wrongful death action brought in St. Louis. After a two-week trial, the jury found the defendant was not responsible for compensatory or punitive damages.
•As lead counsel, successfully defended a Fortune 100 company in a lawsuit involving breach of contract and tortious-interference claims.
2.01.14 Legal Project Management, Austin Chapter of Association of Corporate Counsel
Healthcare, Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals Speaking Engagement
3.01.10 Avoiding Disaster in Medical Litigation: What Not to Do! Missouri Society of Anesthesiologists Annual Meeting
In The News
4.23.12 Two Husch Blackwell Partners Honored at Missouri Lawyers Weekly Women's Justice Awards
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