Sarah (Ames) Benedict
Sarah maintains a busy trial court practice, with a focus on employment-related litigation. She thrives in the courtroom and has first-chaired jury trials in both state and federal court. While Sarah believes it is critical to approach every case as if it may end up before a jury, she recognizes some cases warrant early resolution. In those instances, Sarah actively works with her client to assess creative and efficient ways to resolve the dispute. For those cases that must be tried, and some must, Sarah is her client's go-to courtroom advocate. She also frequently lends her expertise to trial teams across the firm as they gear up for litigation.
In addition to active litigation, Sarah has extensive experience representing clients in front of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC"), Oregon's Bureau of Labor and Industries ("BOLI"), and Washington's Human Rights Commission ("WSHRC"), as well as in arbitration.
Although Sarah represents clients of all sizes and across industries, she is particularly focused on several industries. Sarah has deep knowledge of the healthcare space and the nuances of employment issues that arise in this unique industry. She defends healthcare employment claims in both Washington and Oregon, including those arising under the Equal Pay Act, workplace discrimination and harassment laws, FMLA/OFLA, and wage and hour laws. She also represents healthcare employers in labor arbitrations following the termination of underperforming unionized employees.
Sarah also has expertise in the food and beverage industry, where she works with each client to ensure understanding of their "big picture" goals, rather than singularly focusing on a narrow legal question. She draws on her pre-DWT experience at Goldman Sachs to advise and defend financial institutions and franchises.
Unanimous defense verdict and non-solicit counterclaim award
Unanimous defense verdict
Successfully defended a major employer following the termination of a supervisory employee who was terminated for sexually inappropriate conduct towards subordinates. The jury unanimously rejected the supervisor's claim that he was discriminated against due to his race and gender.
Confidential physician arbitration
Admitted to Practice
U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 2021
U.S. District Court District of Oregon, 2013
U.S. District Court Western District of Washington, 2020
J.D., Harvard Law School, 2009
- Courtroom Advocate, Criminal Justice Institute
- Board Member and Director of IL Mentoring, Women's Law Association
- Field Researcher, Harvard Human Rights Program
B.S., Political Science, University of Oregon, 2006, magna cum laude
Memberships & Affiliations
- Oregon Association of Defense Counsel
- Multnomah County Bar Association
- Selected to "Oregon Rising Stars," Thomson Reuters, 2017-2019
- Associate, Private Client Group, Goldman Sachs & Co., Los Angeles, 2011-2012
- Associate, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, San Francisco, 2009-2011
- Summer Associate, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, San Francisco, 2008
- Intern, Federal Torts Claims Act Branch, Department of Justice, Washington, D.C., 2007