Sarah C.
Johnson

PARTNER

As a school district and appellate lawyer, Sarah Johnson provides advice and counsel to public clients, and represents them in state and federal trials and appeals.

Sarah Johnson 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, nondiscrimination and other student issues. 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 and Eastern Districts of Washington. She is a member of the King County Bar Association and a former trustee of its Young Lawyers Division.

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.

In her free time, Sarah enjoys traveling, horseback riding and spending time with her husband and three children.

Bar Admissions:
  • Washington
Education:
  • Macalester College, B.A., cum laude, Communication Studies
  • Harvard Law School, J.D., cum laude (member Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, 2001-2003)
Honors:
  • Selected for The Best Lawyers in America in the field of Commercial Litigation, 2022
  • Selected for Washington Super Lawyers, 2014-2021
  • Selected for Top 50 Women: Washington Super Lawyers, 2016
  • Selected for Washington Rising Stars, 2007, 2009-2012
Professional Organizations:
  • Leadership Tomorrow, Class of 2009