Jackson Walker partner Sara Abbott McEown was recently selected to participate in the Dallas Regional Chamber’s 40th Leadership Dallas class.
Ms. McEown will join an elite group of professionals who have demonstrated commitment to the community through past and current activities. Each year up to 56 individuals are selected from hundreds of applicants to participate in Leadership Dallas. Through a ten-month educational program participants receive in-depth exposure to the critical issues facing the community through lectures, discussion groups, on-site visits, simulations, and other leadership development activities and are challenged to apply their talents towards these issues for years to come.
Ms. McEown focuses on assisting clients in construction, real estate, and energy related matters. She has a unique practice that handles both transactional matters as well as litigation for clients in these areas. In Ms. McEown’s litigation practice, she represents clients in disputes involving business torts, contracts, fraud, lender liability, insurance claims and fiduciary duties, construction defect claims, breach of contract claims, bond claims, mechanic’s and materialmen’s liens, architect and engineer professional liability, and payment claims. In oil and gas related litigation, Ms. McEown has represented clients in cases involving claims related to hydraulic fracturing, theft of trade secrets in the Barnett Shale, and lease disputes. Ms. McEown also represents clients in government administrative proceedings involving procurement disputes, breach of contract, and termination claims.
Ms. McEown’s transactional practice includes drafting and negotiating transactions regarding design and construction of commercial buildings and infrastructure projects, including agreements with owners, architects, general contractors, and subcontractors. She has experience regarding many aspects of procurement of contracts for large federal infrastructure projects, construction projects, and transportation-related matters. Ms. McEown also advises clients regarding interpretation of and compliance with the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and other federal contracting statutes.
Ms. McEown earned her B.S. in Construction Science from Texas A&M University and her J.D. from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law.