Sara, thanks for putting the hammer down for SPM when we needed it. Much appreciated!
Suzanne Miller, President and Founder, SPM Communications

Biography

Sara Harris’s practice primarily consists of counseling and advising large corporations and employers in a wide variety of state and federal disputes. Sara has experience in many employment and commercial areas, including contract drafting, employment handbooks, workplace dispute prevention, discrimination lawsuits, and the protection of confidential and proprietary information. She helps clients defend lawsuits involving employee competition, theft of trade secrets, wage-and-hour issues, and labor union disputes. Sara has also handled appellate matters in state and federal courts.

Sara’s clients benefit from her experience in a number of practice areas—including labor & employment, commercial litigation, and health care—and particularly from her ability to generate pragmatic but creative solutions to problems by drawing on the unique skills these practice areas often require. Sara prides herself on providing efficient and effective results.

Practice Experience

Sara represents both large corporations and small businesses, including health care facilities, medical providers, and financial institutions, in matters including class actions, lender liability cases, and contract disputes. She defends employers in federal and state courts and before administrative tribunals. Sara also has experience in health care litigation and regulatory matters, including telemedicine, state and federal regulatory compliance, physician employment, entity licensing, and insurance disputes. She also frequently advises clients on FDA issues, including food and drug labeling requirements, medical devices, and cosmetics.

Employment Litigation

Sara has experience defending companies and supervisors in employment-related disputes involving:

  • Harassment
  • Retaliation
  • Discrimination
  • Compensation/Stock Option Disputes
  • Breach of Employment Contract/Wrongful Termination

Wage-and-Hour Litigation

Sara’s wage-and-hour litigation experience includes collective actions and single-plaintiff lawsuits regarding:

  • Unpaid Wages
  • Unpaid Overtime
  • FLSA retaliation claims
  • Employee Misclassification

Employment Counseling

Sara advises employers on day-to-day employment matters. For example, Sara helps employers draft and update employment contracts, policies, handbooks, and noncompete agreements, all with an eye towards avoiding future litigation.

Healthcare

Sara also focuses her healthcare practice on advising health care providers including start-up companies, physician-owned entities, surgery centers, and hospitals regarding regulatory compliance and practice issues. Her experience in this area includes:

  • Telemedicine
  • Laboratory compliance/CLIA
  • Stark/Anti-kickback statute compliance
  • Physician employment and licensure
  • Corporate Practice of Medicine

Food and Drug

Sara assists food, pharmaceutical, medical device, and other entities with issues relating to US Food and Drug Administration and US Drug Enforcement Administration regulation, and with similar issues regulated by state agencies.

Business Litigation

Sara’s business litigation experience includes matters such as class actions involving alleged underpayment of policy benefits by insurers, defending securities claims against financial institutions and brokers; antitrust disputes; prosecuting breach of fiduciary duty and tortious interference claims; and defamation suits.

Sara is also fluent in Spanish.

Career Highlights

Spotlight

In 2015, Sara’s work contributed to a significant and hard-won arbitration victory for a workplace sexual harassment case.

Sara also assisted other JW attorneys with the appeal in JP Morgan Chase Bank, N.A. v. Borquez, No 05-14-00131-CV (Tex. App.—Dallas Nov. 3, 2015), which recently resulted in the Dallas Court of Appeals overturning a $4 million-plus verdict against the bank and entering a take-nothing judgment in our client’s favor.

Community

  • Patrick E. Higginbotham American Inn of Court, Associate, 2016–2017

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