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Sarah F. Powers

  • Litigation
Sarah F. Powers

Representative Experience

In over a decade of experience, Sarah has represented clients in a broad scope of litigation matters including complex commercial litigation, appellate litigation, financial services litigation, lender liability, landlord/tenant, insurance coverage and automotive law. Her practice includes all aspects of trial and pre-trial litigation, including appeals, arbitration, and matters before administrative agencies.

Selected representative matters include:

  • Successful arbitration against automotive dealer as to threshold issue that newly enacted California law did not affect dealer’s obligations to manufacturer as set forth in existing contract. Judgment included all attorney’s fees
  • On behalf of lender, obtained receivership of $50 million apartment/ condominium project and successfully worked to remove dozens of mechanic’s liens, facilitating eventual court-approved sale of property
  • In matter of first impression, won in Ninth Circuit on interpretation of terms of letter of credit, facilitating beneficiary’s draw of entire amount
  • In matter of first impression, won in California Court of Appeal on behalf of primary insurer seeking participation by excess insurers in continuing injury asbestos matter
  • Negotiated settlement agreement facilitating sale of major Los Angeles sporting event
  • On behalf of lender, obtained receivership of multi-million dollar commercial property ultimately sold in court-approved sale, won on demurrer as to cross-complaint brought by lender including multiple lender-liability causes of action, won on summary judgment as to lender’s guaranty cause of action


  • University of Chicago Law School J.D., Hinton Moot Court
  • University of Southern California B.A., with Honors, Magna Cum Laude
  • Phi Beta Kappa


  • California
  • Northern District of California
  • Eastern District of California
  • Central District of California
  • Southern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Honors and Awards

  • Selected for inclusion in Southern California Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, 2013-2016
  • Named to the Southern California Top Women Attorneys Rising Stars list, 2013 – 2016

Professional Affiliations and Civic Involvement

  • Board Vice President, Mental Health Advocacy Services
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Member, Women Lawyer’s Association of Los Angeles
  • Member, California Receivers’ Forum

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