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

Blog

401(k) Plan Sponsors – Time to Focus on Compliance with the SECURE Act’s Eligibility and Vesting Rules for Long-Term, Part-Time Employees

As noted in our January 7, 2020 Client Advisory , the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act of 2019 (the “SECURE Act”) requires 401(k) plans to allow certain long-term, part-time employees to...

Publication/Podcast

Zoom ADR: Best Practices for Virtually Every Virtual ADR Event

As the post-COVID-19 “new normal” comes into focus, it is unlikely that civil jury trials will happen in many jurisdictions until at least the spring of 2021. For family law matters, cases involving children...

Matter

Swift Current Energy

Verrill represents the 100-megawatt Three Rivers Solar Project in Hancock County, Maine. Verrill assists the project with real estate and environmental permitting work, including negotiation of a protocol to allow the project to proceed...

Event

NWCDN Workers' Compensation in a Post-COVID World

Join the National Workers' Compensation Defense Network (NWCDN) and the WorkersCompensation.com Center for a live virtual seminar. This year, due to COVID concerns, the organization has partnered with WorkersCompensation.com to bring you two virtual...

News

Honoring Judge Juan R. Torruella

In honor and memory of Judge Torruella, Boston Universtiy Law School published an article, Honoring Judge Juan R. Torruella. Attorney at Verrill and BU Law graduate, Anuj Khetarpal clerked for Judge Torruella and was...

News

Verrill Honors Robin Murphy with Annual Roger A. Putnam Community Service Award

Robin D. Murphy
Blog

IRS announces 2021 plan limits

The IRS has announced adjusted benefit plan limits for 2021. These adjustments reflect inflation, and are important for administrators of employee retirement and health plans. The limit on 401(k) and 403(b) plan elective deferrals...

Event

2020 Life Sciences Venture Summit, Part Three

We are happy to be sponsoring Maine Center for Entrepreneurs' 2020 Life Sciences Venture Summit. Join for its third of three parts to hear from an impressive panel of entrepreneurs on what it takes...

Matter

Longroad Energy

Verrill represents Longroad Energy (“Longroad”) on its renewable energy work in Maine. Longroad is a Boston, MA-headquartered renewable energy company that develops and operates wind and solar energy projects throughout North America. Verrill has...

Publication/Podcast

Domestic Discovery for Foreign Arbitrations? Now Three Circuits Say “No”

Well, that didn’t take long! Earlier this month I posted a short piece describing a two-to-two circuit split on the question of whether a foreign private arbitration panel is a “foreign or international tribunal&rdquo...