Sarah A. Ballard

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Associate

Denver
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Overview

Sarah Ballard concentrates her practice on privacy and digital risk class action and litigation. Drawing on her experience in private practice and as a federal court law clerk, Sarah investigates and addresses her clients’ concerns, working with them to provide cost-effective litigation strategies involving complex and novel legal issues by assisting in fact investigation and development, attending hearings and depositions, responding to discovery, and drafting appropriate motions pre- and post-trial and on appeal.

Prior to joining BakerHostetler, Sarah worked at the Pittsburgh office of an international law firm in the business and tort litigation group. Sarah’s previous clients have ranged from distributors and pharmacies in opioid litigation to a technology company in a threatened SEC investigation.

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  • Represented distributors and pharmacies in opioid litigation civil defense in state and federal courts across the U.S. by preparing witnesses, attending and participating in joint defense task force calls, conducting research and drafting motions to compel and oppositions to same, among other motions, drafting written discovery requests and responses, and being responsible for all defensive discovery production and responses in Pennsylvania.
  • Represented a religious organization in drafting an amicus brief in support of a significant civil matter to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, which the Court agreed to hear and was argued in October 2020. The Court ultimately sided with the party for whom the amicus brief was written to support and cited work from the brief in its decision.
  • Represented a products manufacturer in toxic torts involving lead paint in state courts across the country by engaging in document review and expert witness research and preparation.
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Experience

  • Represented distributors and pharmacies in opioid litigation civil defense in state and federal courts across the U.S. by preparing witnesses, attending and participating in joint defense task force calls, conducting research and drafting motions to compel and oppositions to same, among other motions, drafting written discovery requests and responses, and being responsible for all defensive discovery production and responses in Pennsylvania.
  • Represented a religious organization in drafting an amicus brief in support of a significant civil matter to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, which the Court agreed to hear and was argued in October 2020. The Court ultimately sided with the party for whom the amicus brief was written to support and cited work from the brief in its decision.
  • Represented a products manufacturer in toxic torts involving lead paint in state courts across the country by engaging in document review and expert witness research and preparation.
  • Advised a global systemically important bank in conducting risk assessment to determine the impact of LIBOR transition on enterprise-wide portfolios.
  • Advised a technology company in a threatened SEC investigation following a hacking attack on the company.
  • Represented a petroleum and natural gas production company in a “fracking” lawsuit.

Recognitions and Memberships

Pro Bono

  • Assisted in responding to anti-hate crime and illegal private militia activity in Georgia in partnership with Georgetown Law's Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection.
  • Successfully represented four Cuban refugees in political asylum claims before Immigration Judges in the Fifth Circuit.

Prior Positions

The Honorable D. Brooks Smith, Third Circuit Court of Appeals: Law Clerk (2019)

The Honorable Thomas I. Vanaskie, Third Circuit Court of Appeals: Law Clerk (2018 to 2019)

The Honorable Frederick J. Scullin, Jr., U.S. District Court, N.D.N.Y.: Law Clerk (2017 to 2018)

The Honorable Thérèse Wiley Dancks, U.S. District Court N.D.N.Y.: Judicial Intern (2015)

Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • New York

Education

  • J.D., Syracuse University College of Law, 2017, magna cum laude; Associate Notes Editor, Syracuse Law Review; Order of the Coif; Order of Barristers; Onondaga County Law Clinic Award
  • M.A., International Relations, Syracuse University, 2017
  • B.A., International Political Economy and Spanish Language and Literature, Fordham University, 2010, summa cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa

Languages

  • Spanish