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Associate - Sarah A. Westby

Sarah A. Westby

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Sarah Westby represents employers in labor disputes and employment-related litigation. She has significant experience litigating cases in state and federal court, administrative agencies, and through alternate dispute resolution. In addition to defending employment cases in court, Sarah counsels clients on a wide variety of employment and contract-related issues, including alleged discrimination and sexual harassment, compensation, termination, and severance.

Sarah has a background in complex litigation representing clients in antitrust, product liability, and medical malpractice cases. This experience includes trying several multi-million dollar cases to verdict and representing clients through post-trial proceedings.

Sarah regularly represents clients on a pro bono basis through firm partnerships with Lawyers for Children America and the ACLU. Sarah also sits on the Board of Directors for Simply Smiles, Inc., a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing bright futures for impoverished children by building villages of foster homes on the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Reservation in South Dakota, and in Oaxaca, Mexico. Sarah has served as the Secretary for Simply Smiles and currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors.

Sarah graduated from Brooklyn Law School with honors and served as a member of the Executive Board of the Brooklyn Journal of International Law. During law school, Sarah served as a legal intern for Hon. Ramon E. Reyes, Jr. in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, the United States Department of Justice - Civil Rights Division, and the Office of the Corporation Counsel for the City of New York.

Distinctions

  • Listed as a Connecticut Super Lawyer Rising Star®: Personal Injury - Products: Defense (2018-2019)
  • Brooklyn Journal of International Law, Executive Board
  • CALI Excellence Awards: Trial Advocacy; International Business Transactions
  • University of Iowa 2010 Trandafir International Business Writing Competition Award
  • International Economic Law Graduate Award
  • Phi Beta Kappa - Alpha Chapter of Delaware

Professional Affiliations

  • DRI, The Voice of the Defense Bar: Young Lawyers Committee; Women in the Law Committee; Medical Liability and Healthcare Law Committee
  • American Bar Association: Product Liability Section
  • Connecticut Bar Association: Litigation Section
  • New York City Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association

Community Involvement

  • Simply Smiles, Inc., Board Secretary (2016-2018), Vice Chairman of the Board (2019-present)
  • Connecticut Women's Council, Member
  • Fred D. Wish School Volunteer Tutor Program
  • Leadership Greater Hartford, Quest Class 2018; Hartford Summer Youth Employment Initiative, Member

Publications

May 12, 2020  Governor Lamont Issues Guidelines for "Reopen Connecticut - Phase 1"
April 24, 2020  Expedited Review for COVID-19 Procompetitive Collaborations
March 29, 2020  COVID-19: USDOL Clarifies Exemptions to Paid Leave Provisions Under FFCRA for Healthcare Providers, Emergency Responders and Small Businesses
March 27, 2020  USDOL Issues Second Round of Guidance on COVID-19 Paid Leave
March 25, 2020  USDOL Issues Guidance on COVID-19 Paid Leave Provisions
March 19, 2020  Update: President Trump Signs Emergency Leave Law: What this Means for Your Business
March 18, 2020  Take Two: House Knocks Out Several Paid Leave Provisions in FFCRA Revision
March 16, 2020  House Bill Expands FMLA Leave and Paid Sick Leave Due to COVID-19
March 2020  Vertical Mergers Guidelines Updated to Include Safe Harbor From Enforcement Based on Market Shares
March 2020  Large Manufacturers Beware: DOJ's Request for Additional Antitrust Attorneys Portends Heightened Enforcement
November 2019  Not a Food, but Not Yet a Drug: Dietary Supplement Litigation and the Role of FDA
June 18, 2018  Federal "Right to Try Act" Becomes Law: What Your Risk Management Team Needs to Know
December 7, 2017  Asserting and Maintaining the Peer Review Privilege: Best Practices for Healthcare Institutions
June 20, 2017  SCOTUS Finally Ends Litigation Tourism In Product Liability Suits
November 4, 2016  The 510(k) Process Does Involve a Relevant Safety Review, Despite What You May Have Read or Heard
June 22, 2016  Connecticut's New "Right to Try" Law Provides Hope for Patients and Providers, but FDA Remains in the Driver's Seat

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Education

  • Brooklyn Law School, J.D., 2011, cum laude
  • University of Delaware, 2008, magna cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut
  • New York

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of NY
  • U.S. District Court, District of CT
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of NY
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