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Sarah C. Johnson

Partner

Sarah focuses her practice on municipal and education law, as well as trial and appellate litigation. Sarah assists school districts and other municipal entities in the areas of litigation, general counseling, public records compliance, open public meetings and other areas of law affecting local governments. Sarah also represents school districts in the area of special education, including in administrative due process hearings and related litigation, as well as matters related to student discipline, privacy and nondiscrimination. Sarah has represented public and private clients in successful appeals before both state and federal courts, including the Washington appellate courts and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Sarah is admitted to practice in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington. She is a member of the King County Bar Association, and a former trustee of its Young Lawyers Division. Sarah also is a member of the William L. Dwyer Inns of Court and serves on the board of the Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association of Seattle.

Prior to law school, Sarah worked as a communications specialist and organizer for a community-based anti-violence initiative in Minnesota. While in law school, Sarah was a member of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, where she represented indigent individuals in litigation involving housing law, family law and government benefits. Sarah enjoys traveling, horseback riding, spending time with her husband and three children and volunteering at her children’s school.

Bar Admissions:

  • Washington

Education:

  • B.A. Macalester College (1997), cum laude, Communication Studies
  • J.D. Harvard Law School (2003), cum laude (member Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, 2001-2003)

Honors:

  • Selected for Washington Super Lawyers, 2014-2016
  • Selected for Top 50 Women: Washington Super Lawyers, 2016
  • Selected for Washington Rising Stars, 2007, 2009-2012

Professional Organizations:

  • Leadership Tomorrow, Class of 2009