Sara is “a great strategist who comes up with practical and elegant solutions – simply an extraordinarily effective attorney.” ~ Chambers USA
Sara is the Founder and Managing Partner of Schwartz Hannum PC, named one of the Top 50 Women-Owned Businesses in Massachusetts in 2010. She began her career as an attorney with Ropes & Gray in Boston, after completing a federal court clerkship with The Honorable William Young in Boston. Her practice includes representing employers with respect to employment discrimination claims before government agencies and courts throughout the United States, as well as counseling clients about traditional labor law and immigration issues. Sara has a depth of experience in representing multi-state clients with respect to state-specific issues. She represents independent schools, as well as businesses in a variety of industries including technology, financial services, healthcare, and staffing industries. She is a frequent speaker at seminars for attorneys, C-level executives and human resources professionals.
Sara has been recognized by Chambers USA as a leading attorney in her area of expertise for the past six years. Chambers’ research sources described Sara as “a formidable advocate” who “always does her homework,” in order to sharpen her “cutting-edge knowledge of the law.” A “‘delight to deal with’, she is a firm favorite for clients, who appreciate her cost-effective advice.” Sara has also been selected as a Massachusetts Super Lawyer and top Labor and Employment attorney in Massachusetts for six consecutive years.
Sara has extensive experience working with many nationally renowned independent schools, colleges and universities in New England and throughout the United States, including early education, charter and private elementary schools, and dozens of independent schools. She is readily available to advise clients on a myriad of issues facing schools. Additionally, Sara frequently presents training programs tailored to the needs of specific educational institutions on topics including: student and employee disciplinary matters, promotions and tenure, immigration matters including visas, internal grievances and investigations, risk management, regulatory compliance, layoffs, and employee terminations. She counsels clients in the preparation of faculty and staff offer letters, employment contracts, admissions documents, enrollment and housing agreements, data security compliance programs, acceptable use of technology agreements, school bylaws, trustee confidentiality agreements, employee/faculty handbooks, permission slips, photo releases, and bullying prevention and intervention plans.