Biography

Sara helps clients protect their brands through management and enforcement of their intellectual property rights. An experienced litigator, Sara has litigated claims for copyright, trademark, and trade dress infringement in federal courts in New York, Massachusetts, Michigan, and Maine and before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, across a variety of industries including fashion and design, hospitality, food and beverage, manufacturing, and nutritional supplements.

Sara also assists clients in protecting their brands outside of litigation. Her experience spans the entire life cycle of brand creation and management, which includes analyzing the suitability of registration and assessing the risk posed by existing products and brands in the marketplace. Sara helps clients monitor unauthorized use by others, facilitating the licensing of existing intellectual property and enforcing her clients' rights.

Sara's practice extends beyond the United States. She helps foreign clients secure intellectual property rights within the United States and obtain foreign protection for rights secured domestically.

In addition to her experience handling intellectual property disputes, Sara is Verrill's e-discovery counsel and regularly assists Verrill's clients with electronic discovery and information governance. She and Verrill's e-discovery team stay current with the evolving legal landscape and technology. They counsel Verrill's clients on the necessary legal requirements, provide reasonable and cost-effective solutions, and work with clients and vendors to implement these solutions.

Services/Industries

Education

  • Boston University School of Law  (J.D.)
  • University of Michigan  (B.A.)
    • Michigan Class Honors

Public Service

  • Town of Cape Elizabeth, Thomas Memorial Library Committee Member
  • Through These Doors, Vice President and Governance Committee
  • Resources for Human Development, Human Rights Committee Member (2012-2015)
  • The Guidance Center, Inc., Board of Visitors (2010-2015)

Bar Admissions

  • Maine
  • Massachusetts

Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section: Business Litigation Committee, Vice Chair (2013-present); Standing Committee on Membership Member (2009-2011); Task Force on Outreach to Law Students Member (2009-2011)
  • American Bar Association, Intellectual Property Committee, Vice Chair (2013-2014)
  • American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division: Commission on Women in the Profession (2010-2011)

Honors

  • Selected for Benchmark Litigation's 2017 "Under 40 Hot List"
  • Katahdin Counsel Recognition for pro bono efforts

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Court and Other Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maine
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan
  • United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Firm Highlights

Event

MAME's 32nd Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament

Please join us as we sponsor MAME’s 32nd Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament! Proceeds go to the MAME Scholarship Fund to help support students interested in entering the manufacturing and trade industry in Maine. At...

Publication/Podcast

Can Nonprofits Require COVID-19 Vaccines?

On June 10, employment and labor attorney Tawny Alvarez spoke with Maine Association of Nonprofits for its blog post "Help Desk FAQ: Can Nonprofits Require COVID-19 Vaccines?" As MANP continues to receive questions from...

Blog

Massachusetts Now Requires Paid COVID-19 Leave for all Employees

Massachusetts now requires all employers, regardless of size, with Massachusetts employees to offer employees paid, job-protected leave for certain COVID-19-related reasons, including to get or recover from a COVID-19 vaccine. Massachusetts also has established...

Publication/Podcast

Portland Maine Business Podcast with Tawny Alvarez

On this week's Portland Maine Business Podcast , a podcast with Shelby Turcotte of Shelby Trained, he interviews employment and labor attorney Tawny Alvarez who shares stories that contributed to shaping her as a...

Blog

Connecticut Employers Take Note – Cease Seeking Past Pay Information

Big changes are coming to Connecticut employers and with it, many organizational hiring practices with the passage of HB Number 6380. HB Number 6380 limits the disclosure of wage information from past positions. Currently...

Matter

Trademark Litigation: Software

Represented trademark owner in litigation with foreign software company. Successfully defeated motion to dismiss on jurisdictional grounds, which was affirmed on appeal. Also successfully defeated summary judgment motion, which resulted in case settling before...

News

Advice from Former Portland Charter Commission

On June 23, Portland Phoenix published an article, "Those who have been there predict Portland Charter Commission faces steep learning curve," discussing the organizational meeting with Portland's newly elected Charter Commission. In the meeting...

News

Maine's Evolving Economy and the Future of Remote Work

On June 8, Maine Public published "The Future of Remote Work: The Outlook for Maine Employers and Workers As Offices Re-Open," covering its Maine’s Evolving Economy series that focuses on the shifts in Maine’s...

Event

FCBA New England Chapter Program

Join FCBA New England Chapter for a program on RDOF from a State Perspective: Lessons Learned So Far. Attorney Geoff Why will be moderating a panel session with invited FCC, industry, and state representatives...

Matter

Copyright Litigation: Software

Defended equipment manufacturer in copyright dispute involving firmware for digital subscriber line access multiplexers (“DSLAMs”). Case resolved favorably.

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