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

Annual Update: Part 1 - 2022 Legal Year in Review (2nd Session)

Matter

Elections and Constitutional Law: Successfully Challenged Certification of Initiative Petition

In a victory for consumers and the ride-hailing public, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court recently barred the Secretary of State from placing on the November ballot initiative petitions proposed by companies such as Uber...

Publication/Podcast

BLM-Masked Employees of Whole Foods Lose Race Bias Appeal Regarding Dress Code

Blog

Verrill Partner Mat Todaro selected to serve on the American Bar Association’s Section on Environment, Energy, and Resources 2022 Fall Conference Planning Committee

Earlier this year, Verrill Partner Mat Todaro was selected by American Bar Association leadership to serve on the 2022 Fall Conference Planning Committee for its Section on Environment, Energy, and Resources. In this role...

News

Verrill Attorney Elizabeth Connellan Smith Elected President of National Workers’ Compensation Defense Network

Event

Annual Update: Part 1 - 2022 Legal Year in Review (1st Session)

News

The Boston Bar Association Adds Verrill Attorney David M. Friedman to Council

Blog

Proposed Changes to Massachusetts Paid Family & Medical Leave Regulations

The Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave has proposed changes to the regulations governing the state’s paid family and medical leave program. The proposed changes are intended to clarify the requirements related to...

Matter

Advised Fortune 500 Company on Group Health and Welfare Benefit Plans

We were engaged by a Fortune 500 manufacturing company to provide legal and compliance services regarding its group health and welfare benefit plans. During the course of our representation, we have advised the company...

Publication/Podcast

Amending Your Retirement Plans this Year for SECURE Act and CARES Act Changes

This post was updated on September 29, 2022. On August 3, 2022, the IRS extended the deadline for retirement plan sponsors to adopt amendments necessary to comply with the Setting Every Community Up for...

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