I am a leading business and intellectual property attorney for businesses of all sizes, entrepreneurs, content creators, online professionals, and bloggers. My practice is both traditional and online, inhabiting the same space as many of my clients, making my services convenient and accessible to business professionals who operate in a borderless environment.
I’ve been a lawyer nearly 20 years and can say that I made a good choice. I’ve been practicing as a social media lawyer long before the term “social media” was coined. I have both an MBA and a JD, and did that on purpose. While doing undergraduate internships I realized how much businesspeople and lawyers disliked each other, and I wanted to be different. I wanted to be the kind of lawyer that business people came to because the first word out of my mouth wasn’t “NO.” Businesspeople are all about taking risks. Even more so when it comes to start-ups, digital professionals, and online entrepreneurs.
I’ve clerked at the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, worked in a boutique law firm, consulted with large Fortune-500 companies, and have had my own firm. As a purely transactional attorney, I don’t go to court or litigate. I facilitate mediations and negotiations, but I don’t represent clients in matters of litigation.
My expertise is working with small to medium-sized businesses and entrepreneurs. I was one of very few attorneys back in the mid-90s who fully embraced the web and how it was changing the way businesses worked. As the dot-com boom was in full swing, traditional laws were being stretched by this new forum called the world wide web. Today, the internet is accessible on phones that are smaller than calculators some of us used in college. Clearly, the internet has changed the way we do business. And with those changes, the laws follow. Many times, though, the law has greatly lagged the trajectory of technology.
It’s this intersection of the law, technology, and business where my passion comes to life. My philosophy as a lawyer is to help clients do what they need for success, while steering them clear of roadblocks. I believe it’s possible to be ethical and successful.
How do I help clients:
- Contract Review & Negotiations
- Contract Development
- Sweepstakes/Contest Rules Development
- Trademark & Copyright Registration
- On-site or Online Seminars for management/employees
- FTC Regulation Education – i.e., Dot Com Disclosures, Endorsements, COPPA
- Business Formation
- Marketing Design/Packaging Review
- Website & Social Network Evaluations
I have also written for other online publications, with the following being my most highly read articles.
- Social Media Promotions and the Law: What You Need to Know
- 12 Most Applicable Laws for the Online Pro
- How Free Speech and Social Media Fit Together
- Are You Disclosing? What You Need to Know about FTC Rules and Social Media
- Tips to Avoid Ethical Pitfalls in Blogging and Social Media
- Copyright Fair Use and How it Works for Online Images
- 12 Most Useful Things to Know About Social Media and Defamation
Hire Sara to speak
If you have a group or organization you would like me to speak to or host a workshop for please let me know. I have spoken at a number of national conferences for the online content creation and blogging community as well as at private events for graduate schools, businesses, and trade groups.
I am also available to write for other publication on a range of legal topics.
To learn more about me