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Sarah M. Woolston

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Sarah Woolston is a litigation associate with Matheny, Sears, Linkert & Jaime, LLP, where she began as a law clerk in 2016.  Ms. Woolston practices in the areas of employment law and civil litigation. Her experience includes school district defense work, Private Attorney General Act cases, personal injury lawsuits such as slip and fall cases, California Tort Claims Act claims, wage theft cases, California Department of Fair Employment and Housing matters, and California Department of Industrial Relations administrative investigations. 

Ms. Woolston provides advice and counsel to a variety of employers from nonprofits to manufacturing companies.  In addition to preempting liability for clients, she also defends employers facing claims in litigation. Her experience, coupled with her academic emphasis in law school on employment law and oral advocacy, allows her to provide practical guidance to clients.

During law school, Ms. Woolston clerked for Honorable Justice Louis Mauro of the California Third District Court of Appeal.  As Justice Mauro’s clerk, she drafted judicial opinions, including People v. Steele (2016) 246 Cal. App. 4th 1110, which was published in April 2016.  Ms. Woolston was an editor on the UC Davis Law Review and participated in the Moot Court and Trial Practice programs.  She also acted as President of the King Hall Labor and Employment Law Association for two years.

Ms. Woolston is a Sacramento native who enjoys going to Kings games, spin class, and exploring Northern California.

Selected Results

  • Obtained defense verdicts from the Labor Commissioner for alleged Labor Code violations, saving a nonprofit approximately $85,000.
  • Negotiated numerous favorable settlements for a variety of clients.
  • Assisted with defense of a school district at trial with admitted liability in a multi-plaintiff inappropriate touching case. Plaintiff’s demand at trial was $45 million and the jury verdict against the district was $1.135 million.  
  • Prepared motions for summary judgment on employment and personal injury matters that moved parties into settlement negotiations.  Favorable settlements resulted in large part due to pending dispositive motions.
  • Advised nonprofit client about the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which required interpretation of unprecedented guidelines from the federal government.  

Professional Associations

  • Sacramento County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • American Inns of Court, Milton L. Schwartz / David F. Levi Chapter
  • Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California