Vermont Law School, South Royalton, Vermont (J.D., cum laude; General Practice Certificate; 2010)
University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont (B.A., 2000)
Vermont Bar Association
Sarah joined Tarrant, Gilles, and Shems following two decades of service in the government and non-profit sectors. After serving in Governor Howard Dean’s office and later his presidential campaign, Sarah worked in Washington, D.C. at the Children’s Defense Fund and later in Ohio for US Representative Marcy Kaptur.
Sarah returned to Vermont in 2007 to attend Vermont Law School. In 2010, she launched a successful bid to represent the towns of Royalton and Tunbridge in the Vermont House of Representatives. After a one-vote victory, she served the district for three terms, sitting on the House Education Committee and the Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules (LCAR). While in office, she also served on the Board of Trustees of the University of Vermont and on the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC) Board.
Sarah joined the firm after working at the Vermont Department of Labor for seven years, most recently as State Director of Workforce Development. She’s experienced in drafting legislation, rules, and policies, human resources and employment law, and navigating complex federal and state regulatory environments. Sarah’s practice currently focuses on general civil work – including municipal, education, real estate, land use, contracts, estate planning and probate, and employment law.
Sarah has helped charter or co-found several organizations in Vermont, including Building a Local Economy (B.A.L.E.), Emerge Vermont, and Operation Revive Royalton. She served on the Justice for Children Task Force from 2011-2017.
Sarah enjoys spending time outside, discovering new places, and cooking. She’s a novice but ambitious vegetable gardener and dabbles in building perennial gardens.