Sara K. Harris
Sara advises clients on a wide variety of labor and employment matters. She regularly defends employers in discrimination and wrongful termination lawsuits, government investigations, and wage and hour matters. In her advisory role, Sara counsels clients on employee policies, covenants not to compete, collective bargaining issues, and other matters affecting the employer-employee relationship. Her areas of interest include executive and physician employment agreements, labor union disputes, and internal investigations.
Sara also has experience in healthcare litigation and regulatory matters, including telemedicine and digital health, state and federal regulatory compliance, entity licensing, and insurance disputes. Sara frequently advises clients on multi-state telehealth and healthcare practitioner employment matters, including corporate practice, joint practice, and physician non-compete requirements.
Sara’s clients benefit from her experience in a number of practice areas—including labor & employment, healthcare, and commercial litigation—and particularly from her ability to generate pragmatic but creative solutions to problems by drawing on the unique skills these practice areas often require. Her clients include hospital systems, healthcare companies, financial institutions, manufacturers, and insurance companies.
B.A., summa cum laude, New York University
- Phi Beta Kappa
J.D., with honors, University of Texas School of Law
- Order of the Coif
United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
United States District Court for the Eastern, Northern, and Southern Districts of Texas
Sara has experience defending companies and supervisors in employment-related disputes involving:
- Compensation/stock option disputes
- Breach of employment contract/wrongful termination
- Labor union grievance arbitration
Sara advises employers on day-to-day employment matters. For example, Sara helps employers draft and update employment contracts, policies, handbooks, and non-compete agreements, all with an eye towards avoiding future litigation.
Sara advises healthcare providers including start-up companies, physician-owned entities, surgery centers, and hospitals regarding regulatory compliance and practice issues. Her experience includes:
- Telemedicine and digital health
- Physician and mid-level employment and licensure
- Corporate Practice of Medicine
- Laboratory compliance/CLIA
- Stark/Anti-Kickback, FCA matters
Sara’s wage-and-hour experience includes collective actions and single-plaintiff lawsuits regarding:
- Unpaid wages
- Unpaid overtime
- FLSA retaliation claims
- Employee misclassification
Sara’s business litigation experience includes matters such as defamation lawsuits, class actions involving alleged underpayment of policy benefits by insurers, defending securities claims against financial institutions and brokers; and prosecuting breach of fiduciary duty and tortious interference claims.
Sara is also fluent in Spanish.
- Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch (Woodward/White Inc.), Labor and Employment Law – Management, 2022
- The American Lawyer
- Young Lawyer Editorial Board Member, 2017 – Present
- American Health Lawyer Association
- Dallas Bar Association
- Employment Law Section
- Health Law Section
- National Ovarian Cancer Coalition
- Board Member, 2020 – Present
- Tarrant County Bar Association
- Patrick E. Higginbotham American Inn of Court
- Associate, 2016 – 2017
- “The New Abnormal: How Firms and Lawyers Can Adapt to the Pandemic-Altered Present,” The American Lawyer (September 2020)
- “As Clients Demand More Than Ever, How Can Lawyers and Firms Respond?,” The American Lawyer (January 2020)
- “Cutting-Edge Practice Areas Are a Worthy Challenge for Young Lawyers,” The American Lawyer (October 2019)
- “Law Firms Benefit by Showing Attorneys That Family Matters,” The American Lawyer (August 2018)
- “Can Employers Require COVID-19 Vaccinations?” Jackson Walker Fast Takes Podcast (January 2021)
- “Text, Context, and SCOTUS’ Textualism in Bostock,” The Geek in Review Podcast Ep. 79 (June 2020)
- “The Innovative Concept of Legal Writing in Plain English,” The Geek in Review Podcast Ep. 68 (February 2020)