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Sarah L. Barnes

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Assistant: Kathy Lake
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Sarah joined Broening Oberg Woods & Wilson as a lateral associate in 2005, and she was elected partner in 2008. Sarah practices primarily in government liability defense, including defending claims against municipal entities and employees under 42 USC § 1983, as well as in business and employment litigation, and professional liability defense. Sarah also devotes a smaller part of her practice to acting as outside general counsel for several businesses.  Sarah practices regularly in both federal and state courts, handling client needs at all stages of litigation from pre-litigation assessment and investigation through trial, including first chairing trials for her municipal clients.  Additionally, Sarah has significant appellate experience, having repeatedly handled both appeals to the State Appellate Court and Ninth Circuit, including oral argument at both, as well as recently handling an appeal to the United States Supreme Court.  Prior to joining the firm in 2005, Sarah practiced with the Phoenix office of a national law firm (where she also clerked in law school) in the areas of commercial, real estate, employment, and 1983 litigation, as well as extensive appellate work. Sarah earned her J.D., cum laude, from Arizona State University in May of 2000, achieving several academic awards and honors.



  • Arizona State University, College of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2000
  • Arizona State University, B.S., 1995 
    • Dean’s List

Bar Admissions 

  • Arizona, 2000
  • U.S. District Court District of Arizona, 2000
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 2003
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2017