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SarahO'Brien

Associate

"I strive to provide effective, practical, and results-oriented legal solutions by ensuring I have a true understanding of my clients' challenges and ultimate goal."

Overview

Biography

Sarah primarily concentrates her practice on state and federal commercial litigation matters involving a variety of business disputes, including breach of contract, Uniform Commercial Code, and construction and surety matters. She routinely represents construction companies, including general contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers, in contract disputes and other lien matters. Sarah also represents skilled nursing facilities in breach-of-contract and collection matters and handles commercial and residential eviction matters.

Bar Associations

  • New York State Bar Association
  • Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York

Selected Memberships & Affiliations

  • Barclay Damon’s Women’s Forum
  • Women Lawyers of Western New York, Board Member
Experience

Representative Experience

  • Successfully obtained relief for an architectural client on a performance bond after its subcontractor defaulted in performance and the surety disclaimed liability based on the failure to comply with the express written terms of the bond.
  • Acted as second chair trial counsel to a general contractor in a complex construction action.
  • Successfully defended a motion for summary judgment on behalf of a material supplier for a complex construction project. Obtained a favorable decision on cross-motion for summary judgment against the surety defendant.
  • Obtained a successful decision on summary judgment for a skilled-nursing facility in major breach-of-contract action.
  • Provided pro bono counsel to an inmate-plaintiff in a civil-rights matter.

Prior Experience

  • Barclay Damon, LLP, Summer Associate
  • New Era Cap Co., Inc., Law Clerk
  • Erie County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project, Inc., Extern

Judicial Clerkships

  • NYS Appellate Court, Judge Eugene Fahey

Selected Community Activities

  • SABAH, Junior Board Member

Selected Honors

  • The Best Lawyers in America® Ones to Watch: Commercial Litigation, 2021
  • Selected to Super Lawyers Upstate New York Rising Stars: Business Litigation, 2020
  • Buffalo Business First, 30 Under 30, 2020
  • SABAH, Volunteer of the Year Award, 2020
  • New York State Bar Association, Empire State Counsel Honoree, 2018

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