An experienced litigation attorney, Sarah Toraason has ten years’ experience representing clients in complex commercial disputes involving securities, contract, business tort, insurance coverage, ERISA, and intellectual property claims in state and federal courts as well as arbitration. Sarah now applies her extensive business litigation background to representing clients in estate, trust, and guardianship disputes. She strives to be a strong advocate for her clients and approaches every matter with the goal of producing a successful and efficient resolution of their case.
Sarah graduated from the University of Richmond with a B.A. in Music and Leadership Studies and received her M.B.A. and M.A. from the University of Cincinnati. She earned her J.D. from William & Mary School of Law. After graduating from law school, Sarah served as a law clerk to the Honorable Henry Coke Morgan, Jr., of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. She then clerked for the Honorable Fortunato P. Benavides of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in Austin, Texas.
Prior to entering the legal profession, Sarah studied music and worked in arts administration for the Honolulu Symphony in Honolulu, Hawaii. Sarah was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is married to an attorney and has two children.
Sarah is admitted to practice in California (2003) and Texas (2004).
- Successfully defended former CFO of a national homebuilding company in a securities fraud class action in the Southern District of Florida and on appeal to the Eleventh Circuit.
- Obtained denial of class certification on behalf of Fortune 500 media company and certain officers and directors in a securities class action in the Northern District of Texas and on appeal to the Fifth Circuit.
- Represented for-profit educational institution in the Southern District of Texas and on appeal to the Fifth Circuit in a suit seeking to enforce a confidentiality provision in an arbitration agreement. The Fifth Circuit upheld award of preliminary and permanent injunction based on the confidentiality clause.
- Won dismissal of claims challenging design and administration of ERISA-governed severance plan and secured award of costs in favor of defendants. Defended judgment on appeal to the Fifth Circuit.
- Defended CEO of oil and natural gas company in a series of ten shareholder and derivative suits filed in state and federal court seeking to challenge potential acquisition of the company.
- Defended oil and gas company in a hydraulic fracking case.
- Represented Fortune 500 company in a significant trademark suit.
- Represented large pharmaceutical manufacturer in putative nationwide antitrust class actions brought by direct and indirect purchaser plaintiffs in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
- Obtained dismissal of claims brought against insurance company and former claims adjuster in Texas state court.
Community and Bar Association Involvement
- Dallas Bar Association; Probate, Trust & Estates Section Member
- State Bar of Texas
- The William ‘Mac’ Taylor Inn of Court, Barrister
- Attorneys Serving the Community
- B.A., magna cum laude, University of Richmond, Richmond, Virginia (1996)
- M.B.A./ M.A. (Arts Administration), University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio (1998)
- J.D., magna cum laude, William & Mary School of Law, Williamsburg, Virginia (2002)