Sarah counsels hospitals, universities, research institutions, and biotech, pharmaceutical, diagnostic, and device companies on a range of regulatory, compliance, and transactional matters.

She regularly assists life sciences and academic clients in connection with sponsored, investigator initiated, and collaborative research studies including structuring of research arrangements, drafting and negotiating of contract research organization and clinical trial agreements, drafting of informed consent and HIPAA authorization documents, and advising in connection with FDA regulatory requirements for clinical investigations, secondary use of data and biospecimens, subject injury, and clinical trial reimbursement.

Hospital clients turn to Sarah to provide guidance on accountable care organization formation and structuring relationships with providers. Sarah also has experience advising on controlled substance matters, pharmacy matters, and the 340B program.

Sarah's practice also includes assisting clients on compliance with state and federal privacy laws, fraud and abuse laws, and professional and facility licensure requirements.

Before joining Verrill, Sarah worked in the health care group at Ropes & Gray LLP for 11 years, most recently as Senior Attorney.



  • Vanderbilt University Law School  (J.D., Order of the Coif)
  • Tufts University  (B.A., summa cum laude)

Public Service

  • Community Member, Judge Baker Children's Center Institutional Review Board (2010-2014)

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts

Firm Highlights


Five Employment Law Traps For CFOs Tasked with HR Oversight

Overseeing human resources -- a hat that many CFOs wear -- may mean having to make crucial decisions about hiring and policy, performance management and discipline, and employee terminations. Such decisions may affect HR...


Building a Respectful and Inclusive Workplace


DOL Proposes New Electronic Disclosure Rules for Retirement Plans


Establishment of Non-Depository Trust for National Company

Verrill served as special counsel to a national firm in the chartering and licensing of a Maine non-depository trust company as the client’s wholly-owned subsidiary. Non-depository trust companies are highly regulated, and the matter...


Maine Rural Water Association's 39th Annual Technical Conference and Tradeshow

Employment and labor attorney Tawny Alvarez and Jim Cohen will be presenting at the Maine Rural Water Association's 39th Annual Technical two-day conference on December 10-20, 2019. The event will focus on offering educational...


WEBINAR: Home Care Companies - Wage and Hour Differences/Electronic Visit Verification

For this webinar, Verrill's employment and labor attorney Tawny Alvarez and MassPay's HR Generalist Amanda Bridge discuss serious implications associated with wage and hour differences and electronic visit verification (EVV) for the home care...


Verrill Attorney Elected Secretary of National Workers’ Compensation Defense Network Executive Board

(November 13, 2019) – Verrill attorney Elizabeth Connellan Smith was recently elected secretary of the National Workers’ Compensation Defense Network (NWCDN). Smith has been a member of the NWCDN since 2006, and was first...


Helping Non-Depository Trust Companies Do Business in Other States

Verrill has helped to form more non-depository trust companies in Maine than any other law firm. We have also helped our trust clients when they look to expand their business into other states. In...


Verrill Welcomes Patent Attorney Dean Phelps

(November 13, 2019) – Verrill is pleased to welcome patent attorney Dean Phelps to the firm’s Boston office. Dean is the fifth patent attorney to join Verrill in the past nine months as the...


Identifying and Handling a Hostile Work Environment

Employee claims of “hostile work environments” continue to make news both in Maine and on a national level, putting potentially embarrassing and damaging workplace and employee interpersonal issues into the public eye. But when...