Sarah Lamar is a partner in the Firm's Savannah office and practices in the area of employment law. Sarah has experience representing employers in employment litigation in state and federal courts regarding discrimination and employment laws such as Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Family and Medical Leave Act, and Fair Labor Standards Act, among others. She also represents employers in breach of contract actions, including non-competes and tort claims, and in agency investigations brought by the U.S. and Georgia Departments of Labor, the EEOC, OFCCP, and U.S. ICE. She conducts in-house training for employers and advises clients on a variety of human resource issues, including their federal affirmative action and immigration law obligations.
Sarah is admitted to the bars of Georgia and the District of Columbia. She is also admitted to practice in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and the U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Middle, and Northern Districts of Georgia; the Northern District of Florida; and the District of Maryland. She is a member of the American Bar Association and the Savannah Bar Association. She was previously chair of ALFA International, a global legal networking organization. She also serves on ALFA International's Employment Practice Group Steering Committee.
Sarah is co-author of the article “Interest Arbitration: Public and Private Sector,” published in the Wiley Employment Law Update by John Wiley & Sons (1994), and is a contributing author to the Employment Discrimination Law 1998 and 2000 Supplements. She is also a past member of the editorial board of the Georgia Bar Journal and has given numerous seminar presentations to businesses and human resource professionals on employment law, including Title VII, harassment, ADA, ADEA, reductions-in-force, FLSA, federal and state leave laws, privacy, defamation, workplace violence, and immigration law.
She received her B.A. in History from Yale University in 1988 and her J.D. from Emory University in 1991. At Emory, she served as senior notes and comment editor for the Emory International Law Review. Following law school, Sarah was a law clerk from 1991 to 1992 for the Honorable Richard B. Kellam, Judge, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia.
•McKee et al. v. Citi Trends, Inc. (4-CV-982, M.D. Alabama): Favorable settlement of FLSA collective action.
•Old Town Trolley Tours Of Savannah, Inc. v. Jay Womble, Old Savannah Tours, LLC, and Coastline Travel, Inc. (6-2060-KA, Superior Court of Chatham County): Enforcement of restrictive covenant through obtaining injunctive relief and settlement with favorable terms.
•Clark v. St. Joseph's/Candler Health Systems, Inc. & The Matthew Reardon Center, Inc.: Summary judgment granted to Matthew Reardon Center on race/sex harassment, discrimination, and retaliation claims, affirmed by the 11th Circuit 2007, cert. denied.
•Glisson v. Global Security Services, LLC (287 Ga. App. 640 2007): Struck down restrictive covenant, which lacked adequate consideration.
Flying High: Firm Protects Gulfstream's Dispute Resolution Policy
One of Savannah's largest employers, Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation designs, develops, manufactures, markets, services and supports the world's most technologically advanced business-jet aircraft. HunterMaclean attorneys have worked with Gulfstream since it first moved to Savannah in 1967 with the encouragement and support of the late Malcolm R. Maclean, then a HunterMaclean partner and former Savannah mayor.
Best Lawyers in America: Admiralty & Maritime Law, 2013-2015
Best Lawyers is the oldest and most highly-respected peer review guide to the legal profession worldwide. A listing in Best Lawyers is widely regarded by both clients and legal professionals as a significant honor, conferred on a lawyer by his or her peers. for more information.
Georgia Super Lawyers Rising Star: 2007 & 2009-2013
Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. for more information.
GenerationNEXT: Savannah's Rising Stars of Business, 2012
In their annual GenerationNEXT: Savannah's Rising Stars of Business competition, Savannah Magazine and Business in Savannah recognize 21 local business and community leaders under the age of 40. The winners are nominated and selected based upon their business accomplishments and humanitarian efforts.
Savannah Bar Association: Robbie Robinson Award, 2010
The Savannah Bar Association presented the Robbie Robinson Award, named after the late Savannah civil rights attorney, to Colin McRa in May 2010. The awarde recognizese a member of the legale profession who has demonstrated dedication to the principles of service to individuals and of advancement of the legal, political, social, and civil rights of the citizens of the Savannah community.
Georgia High School Mock Trial Program: Outstanding Attorney Coach Award, 2008-2009
The Georgia Mock Trial Competition helps students gain an understanding of the legal system by providing opportunities for school teams to participate in academic competitions where players assume attorney and witness roles in a court case. Lawyers coach students in developing questioning, critical thinking and oral advocacy skills. for more information.
Georgia's New Gun Law and Convenience Store Safety
Georgia's “Safe Carry Protection Act” went into effect July 1 of this year, expanding gun owners' rights to carry their weapons openly and to defend themselves. Partner Jennifer Mafera explains how the Safe Carry Protection Act affects convenience store and gas station owners.
New Real Estate Settlement Procedures Coming
Changes to the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act of 1974 (RESPA) will go in effect next month Partner Jennifer Mafera provides an overview of the new rules and how they will affect both lenders and borrowers.
Legal Challenges Facing C-store Businesses in 2013
Convenience store businesses of every size are greatly impacted by changes to state and federal law and other legal issues. From standalone stores to chains with retail locations nationwide, c-store owners benefit from keeping a close eye on the constantly changing legal landscape. The HunterMaclean Convenience Store and Gas Station Industry Group have compiled a list of legal challenges facing C-stores in 2013.
New 2011 Revisions Protect Buyer, Seller in Residential Real Estate Transactions
By Jennifer V. Mafera , published on April 13, 2011, in Business in Savannah.
Each year the Georgia Association of Realtors (GAR) modifies, updates and revises the forms used for residential real estate transactions in an effort to provide protection for both buyers and sellers from current real estate market concerns. Major changes to these residential forms are now in effect and include amendments to the purchase and sales agreement, unilateral notice to terminate, seller's property disclosure statement, exclusive buyer brokerage agreement and mutual settlement agreement.
To provide some background, GAR recommends for residential real estate transactions the use of a uniform and standard purchase and sale agreement. Using a standardized uniform purchase and sale agreement should help insure that residential real estate agents, buyers and sellers have standardized and consistent expectations with regards to basic contract terms and enforceability and clearly understand the agreement. The overall purpose of the new modifications is to simplify the process of buying and selling a piece of residential property.
Buyer beware: Top 5 things to know when buying a home 'For sale by owner'
By Jennifer V. Mafera , published on April 16, 2005, in Savannah Morning News.
Buying a home is the biggest financial decision most people make in their life.
Not surprisingly, most buyers shy away from “for sale by owner” or “FSBO” homes for fear that they may be overpriced or conceal problems that the sellers hope to disguise.
Fifteen HunterMaclean Attorneys Honored as 2014 Georgia Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
Atlanta magazine just announced the top attorneys in the state of Georgia, and 15e attorneys ate HunterMaclean were named either Georgia Super Lawyers or Rising Stars.
Attorney Nicholas J. Laybourn Named Partner at HunterMaclean
Litigator Nicholas J. Laybourn was recently named a firm partner at HunterMaclean.
Seven HunterMaclean Attorneys Named 2010 Rising Stars
Georgia Super Lawyers recently honored seven HunterMaclean attorneys as 2010 Rising Stars. All Georgia Rising Stars are 40 years of age or younger or have been in practice for 10 years or less.
Nicholas Laybourn recently joined the firm as a litigator in the Savannah office.
HunterMaclean is pleased to announce that attorney Nicholas Laybourn recently joined the firm as a litigator in the Savannah office.
“HunterMaclean has an impressive reputation as a leading law firm in coastal Georgia and has a strong business litigation team,” said Laybourn. “I'm honored to join this accomplished firm and to be a part of HunterMaclean's ongoing tradition of providing outstanding legal service.”
U.S. District Court: Eastern District of Virginia, The Honorable Richard B. Kellam
Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce: Board of Directors; Executive Committee
Visit Savannah: Board of Directors; Executive Committee, Chair-Elect
Leadership Savannah: Class of 2000-2002
Savannah Area Tourism Leadership Council: Board of Directors; Executive Committee, Past Member
Historic Savannah Foundation: Board of Trustees, Secretary
Wesley Community Centers of Savannah, Inc.: Board of Directors, Past Member