Sarah G. Flanagan

Partner, San Francisco at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Sarah G. Flanagan

Sarah G. Flanagan

Partner, San Francisco at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Biography

Sarah Flanagan, a Pillsbury partner, counsels clients on complex claims and disputes, and has won precedent-setting cases in the education, health care and energy areas.

As primary counsel in jury and court trials, appellate proceedings, arbitrations, mediations, agency proceedings and government investigations, Sarah has handled a variety of education, health care, commercial and environmental law disputes and class actions, and has served as counsel for joint defense groups. She has deep experience in issues related to privacy breaches, unfair business practices, price-fixing, Title IX, employment discrimination and retaliation, faculty tenure, sponsored research, environmental contamination and the Endangered Species Act.

Representative Experience

First-chaired successful mandamus trial of a challenge to a power plant’s discharge permit, and argued case on appeal, securing unanimous California Supreme Court decision establishing favorable law for the industry.



Led the defense of a hospital in a patient class action involving a high-profile privacy breach related to the work of a vendor, achieving a favorable settlement.



Handling a variety of Title IX matters for a university, from advising on individual student discipline cases to handling a class action audit by the Office of Civil Rights.



* Defended a university and its hospitals in contract disputes and a variety of student, employee and faculty claims, as well as in health care privacy breach cases and environmental citizen suits.
* Successfully mediated numerous consumer class actions, employment disputes and environmental cost recovery actions and has settled a variety of other business disputes.

Professional Highlights

Recognized by Best Lawyers in Commercial Litigation (2014–2019) and by Super Lawyers (2015–2017).



Honored in 2014 with Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area’s Robert G. Sproul Jr. Award for providing outstanding legal representation and marshaling firm resources for under-represented communities.



Chairs Pillsbury’s Education team and the Advancement of Women Attorneys Board Committee; served several terms on the firm’s managing board; and served as Litigation section leader.



* Member, Pillsbury’s managing boards (2006–2009, 1995–1996 and 1993–1994); managing partner - Professional Resources and Practice (1995–1996); co-leader, firmwide Litigation section (2001–2003); and leader, San Francisco Litigation section (1998–2004).
* Chair, Pillsbury’s Education team (2005–present)

* Professional and Community Activities
* Board member, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area (2005–2013).
* Board president, Association of Business Trial Lawyers (Northern California), 2010, after serving on that board and holding other leadership positions for the preceding 10 years.
* Chair, Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel for the Northern District of California (2010).
* Co-chair, the Ninth Circuit Lawyer Representatives for the Northern District of California (2008–2009).

Education

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J.D., University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, 1976
Order of the Coif

LL.M., Georgetown University Law Center, 1978
two-year Carnegie Corporation Fellowship to supervise law students in clinical education program serving military veterans

B.A., Stanford University, 1973
Phi Beta Kappa

Admissions

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California

District of Columbia

Courts

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U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd, 9th, Federal and District of Columbia Circuits

U.S. Court of Military Appeals

U.S. District Court for the Northern, Eastern, Central and Southern Districts of California

U.S. Tax Court

U.S. Court of Claims

California Supreme Court

District of Columbia Court of Appeals

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Partner, San Francisco at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Education
LL.M.
Class of 1978

Georgetown University Law Center is the law school of Georgetown University, located in Washington, D.C. Established in 1870, the Law Center offers J.D., LL.M., and S.J.D. degrees in law.[5] As the second largest law school in the United States, Georgetown Law often touts the advantages of its wide range of program offerings and proximity to federal agencies and courts, including the Supreme Court

J.D., Order of the Coif
Class of 1976

The University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, commonly referred to as Berkeley Law and Boalt Hall, is one of 14 schools and colleges at the University of California, Berkeley. Berkeley Law is consistently ranked as one of the top law schools in the nation, with acceptance rates lower than every school except Yale and Stanford. The Department of Jurisprudence was founded at Berkeley in 1894. In 1912, the department was renamed the School of Jurisprudence, which was then renamed the School of Law in 1950. The School was originally located in the center of the main UC Berkeley campus in the Boalt Memorial Hall of Law, built in 1911 with funds largely from Elizabeth Josselyn Boalt donated in memory of her late husband, John Henry Boalt. In 1951, the School moved to its current location in the new Boalt Hall, at the southeast corner of the campus, and the old Boalt Hall was renamed Durant Hall. In April 2008, the law school rebranded itself from "Boalt Hall" to "Berkeley Law", in order to more closely tie the law school's name with the campus upon which it resides. The administration hopes that this move will further increase the law school's prestige, since people will now associate it with the Berkeley campus.

B.A., Phi Beta Kappa
Class of 1973

Stanford University, located between San Francisco and San Jose in the heart of California's Silicon Valley, is one of the world's leading teaching and research universities. Since its opening in 1891, Stanford has been dedicated to finding solutions to big challenges and to preparing students for leadership in a complex world.

Career History
Partner, San Francisco
Current

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP (formerly Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro) is an American law firm serving the energy, real estate, financial services, transportation, and technology sectors, specializing in regulatory practice, as well as corporate & securities, environment, intellectual property, litigation, employment and international law.

Boards & Committees
Board Member
Prior - 2009

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP (formerly Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro) is an American law firm serving the energy, real estate, financial services, transportation, and technology sectors, specializing in regulatory practice, as well as corporate & securities, environment, intellectual property, litigation, employment and international law.

President, Board of Governors
2010

TO SERVE AS A PRACTICE RESOURCE FOR BUSINESS LITIGATORS AND TO PROVIDE CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION.

Political Donations
$1,000
2012

Former President of United States

$1,000
2010

Vice President at Office of the Vice President Under Joseph R. Biden

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