Lawyers

Seattle
701 Fifth Avenue
Suite 2100
Seattle, WA 98104


Portland
121 SW Morrison St.
Suite 1575
Portland, OR 97204


Education

J.D., cum laude, New England School of Law, 2002

  • New England School of Law Service Award

B.A., University of California, San Diego, 1997

Clerkships

Massachusetts Superior Court Judicial Clerkship

Honors

Listed in Super Lawyers® Top 50 Women Lawyers in Washington (2019, Law & Politics)

Super Lawyers® distinction in the fields of Employment Litigation: Defense, Insurance Coverage, Employment & Labor, and Employee Benefits (2016-2019, Law & Politics)

Rising Stars® distinction in the fields of Employment Litigation: Defense; Employment & Labor; and Employee Benefits/ERISA (2010-2012, 2014, Law & Politics)

Sarah Turner is a partner with the Employment/Labor group and is located in the Seattle and Portland office.  Ms. Turner’s practice includes counseling and litigation.  Her litigation experience includes defending employers in matters involving claims for wrongful discharge, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, privacy, defamation, ADA, leave and benefits, breach of contract, violation of non-competition and non-solicitation agreements, and wage and hour.  Ms. Turner has defended clients from lawsuits that are filed in state and federal courts, arbitrations before American Arbitration Association and Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services, and in matters filed with federal and state agencies including the National Labors Relations Board, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Department of Labor, Department of Health, Washington’s Labor & Industries, Washington’s Human Rights Commission, Seattle Office of Civil Rights, Oregon’s Bureau of Labor and Industries, and other state and local administrative agencies.
 
Ms. Turner also counsels, trains, and represents clients on a broad range of employment issues including, hiring and termination practices, workplace investigations, discrimination and harassment, retaliation, ERISA benefits, Affordable Care Act,  wage and hour, drug and alcohol policies (with a focus on legalization of marijuana), and union practices.  Ms. Turner also has experience counseling and representing employers in traditional labor disputes involving unfair labor practices and federal preemption issues.
 
Ms. Turner’s practice also includes federal and state litigation of group and individual life, health and disability benefits and breach of fiduciary duty claims under ERISA. She has successfully defended clients in lawsuits filed in Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and Washington and Oregon federal courts. Ms. Turner has authored publications on several ERISA-related topics.

Admissions

Washington
Oregon
Massachusetts
United States District Courts, Washington, Eastern and Western District
United States District Court, Oregon
United States District Courts, District of Massachusetts
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Memberships

American Bar Association
Washington State Bar Association
Oregon State Bar Association
King County Bar Association
Washington Defense Trial Lawyers
Defense Research Institute

Community Involvement

Women Business Owners Association
Society for Human Resource Management