Sarah J. Banola
San Francisco Office
Sarah Banola is a senior counsel in the litigation department at Cooper, White & Cooper LLP's San Francisco office. She concentrates her practice in the areas of employment law and professional responsibility. Her employment law background includes defense of wrongful termination cases, wage and hour issues, disability, leave, and accommodation issues, and harassment and discrimination claims. Ms. Banola also counsels clients on employee separations, severance agreements, classification of employees as exempt or non-exempt, and personnel policies. She has represented employers in charges filed against them with the California Labor Commissioner, the Workers' Compensation Appeals Board, the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the National Labor Relations Board. Ms. Banola also represents lawyers and law firms in matters related to legal ethics, legal negligence, attorney-client fee disputes, professional discipline, State Bar admission, conflicts of interest, disqualification motions and law firm break-ups.
She earned her B.A. from Grinnell College in 1999 and her J.D. with honors in 2002 from Rutgers School of Law-Newark and was inducted into the Order of the Coif. While at Rutgers, Ms. Banola served as an Articles Editor for the Computer and Technology Law Journal and Vice Chair of the Public Interest Law Foundation. She also was the recipient of the second place award for the California Western Law Review Intellectual Property Writing Competition.
After law school, Ms. Banola served as a law clerk to the Honorable Louisa S. Porter, Magistrate Judge for the Southern District of California, and as a law clerk to the Honorable James J. Petrella, Presiding Judge of the Appellate Division for the Superior Court of New Jersey. Prior to joining Cooper in May 2007, Ms. Banola was a commercial litigation associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP's Palo Alto office.
Ms. Banola is a member of the State Bar of California, the Bar Association of San Francisco, and the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers. She serves as Vice Chair of the Bar Association of San Francisco's Legal Ethics Committee and volunteers with the Bar Association of San Francisco's Consumer Debt Defense and Education Clinic. She served as a co-chair for the Queen's Bench Amicus Briefs Committee in 2008. She is admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Northern District of California and before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS
- Contributing Editor, Wiseman and Church Reese, California Practice Guide: California Claims and Defenses (The Rutter Group, a division of West, a Thomson Reuters business, 2012) Ch. 6.B, Legal Malpractice
- Contributing Editor, Chin, Wiseman, Callahan and Exelrod, California Practice Guide: Employment Litigation (The Rutter Group, a division of West, a Thomson Reuters business, 2011) Ch. 2, Professional Responsibility
- Speaker, BYOD (Bring Your Own Device): Professional Responsibility Implications for Law Firms (BASF Special Credits Festival, December 2013)
- Speaker, BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) (Contra Costa Bar Association Law Practice Management Series, August 2013)
- Speaker, Recent Developments for Professional Responsibility Lawyers (Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers Annual Meeting, August 2012)
- Author, Out-of-State Companies with California Employees Beware: Court Invalidates Non-California Choice of Law Provision in Independent Contractor Agreement (The Bar Association of San Francisco iCounsel Newsletter, May 2012)
- Author, Increased Importance of Teleglobe's Guidance to In-House Counsel Representing Corporate Family Members After Akzo (Practising Law Institute, California MCLE Marathon 2010: Current Developments in Legal Ethics - Substance Abuse - Elimination of Bias in the Profession, December 2010)
- Co-Author, Ethical Issues In Licensing (Practising Law Institute, Understanding the Intellectual Property License, December 2010)
- Author, California Appeals Court Approves of Screening for Conflicts in Private Law Firms Under Appropriate Circumstances (The Bar Association of San Francisco Bulletin, June 2010)
- Co-Author, Ethics Corner: What Does It Mean to Be a "Partner"? (MLRC MediaLawLetter, June 2010)
- Speaker, Exempt or Nonexempt? How To Avoid the Misclassification Mistakes You Simply Can’t Afford To Make in California (Employer Resource Institute, May and August 2011)