Sara K. Harris
Sara advises clients on a wide variety regulatory compliance matters, focusing in particular on employment matters that arise in the healthcare industry. Sara also regularly defends companies in discrimination and wrongful termination lawsuits, government investigations, and healthcare litigation. 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.
Sara’s healthcare practice focuses on healthcare regulatory issues, with an emphasis on digital health, including telemedicine and telehealth, as well as practitioner licensing and scope of practice matters. Clients seek her advice on cross-border entity and licensing compliance, state and federal telemedicine and prescribing laws, patient consent, corporate practice, and physician non-compete buyouts.
Sara also frequently represents physicians, nurses, and other healthcare licensees before their respective healthcare licensing boards.
Sara’s clients benefit from her multi-disciplinary experience as an employment lawyer, litigator, and healthcare attorney, and they appreciate her ability to generate pragmatic but creative solutions to problems. Her clients include hospital systems, healthcare companies, tech start-ups, physicians and other healthcare providers, financial institutions, 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
Employment Litigation & Administrative Agency Defense
Sara has experience defending companies and executives in employment-related disputes involving:
- Harassment & Discrimination
- Healthcare whistleblower claims
- Compensation/stock option disputes
- Breach of employment contract/wrongful termination
- Labor union grievance arbitration
Sara also defends employers and healthcare practitioners before administrative agencies, including in licensure and disciplinary matters before the state medical and nursing boards, the EEOC, the DOL, and the NLRB.
Healthcare & Employment Counseling
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 also advises healthcare providers including start-up companies, physicians, pharmacies, surgery centers, hospitals, and other practitioners regarding regulatory compliance and practice issues. Her experience includes:
- Telemedicine and digital health
- Laboratory compliance/CLIA
- Stark/Anti-Kickback, FCA matters
- Physician employment and licensure
- Mid-Level licensing and scope of practice
- Corporate Practice of Medicine
Sara’s business litigation experience includes matters such as defamation lawsuits, class actions involving alleged underpayment of policy benefits by insurers, and prosecuting trade secret misappropriation, breach of fiduciary duty, and tortious interference claims.
- Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch (Woodward/White Inc.), Labor and Employment Law – Management, 2022
- Texas Rising Star, Super Lawyers by Thomson Reuters, 2022
- American Health Lawyer Association
- Dallas Bar Association
- Employment Law Section
- Health Law Section
- Tarrant County Bar Association
- Patrick E. Higginbotham American Inn of Court
- Associate, 2016 – 2017
- The American Lawyer
- Young Lawyer Editorial Board Member, 2017 – Present
- National Ovarian Cancer Coalition
- Board Member, 2020 – Present
- Secretary, 2021 – Present
- “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)