Sara provides proactive and trusted advice and counsel that is clear, thorough, well-reasoned, and expedient while fostering productive and effective relationships with city council and staff.


The expertise that Sara brings to our Municipal group, with her extensive experience as a city attorney and wealth of knowledge in municipal law, establishes a strong foundation for the team. She served as the City Attorney for the City of Covington for over eight years and has also served as Town Attorney to South Cle Elum, Assistant City Attorney to Tukwila, Burien, and Lakewood, and special counsel to jurisdictions throughout Western Washington. Well-versed in all areas of municipal law, Sara has a depth of experience in land use, public works, and contracting. Most recently, her practice focused on code drafting, development, and permitting for all forms of wireless communications facilities.

Washington State Bar Association (2008)

  • Seattle University School of Law—J.D., cum laude 2007
    • The Seattle Journal for Social Justice, Executive Editor • Presidential Merit Scholarship
  • University of Washington Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy & Governance—M.P.A. 1999
  • Washington State University—B.A., Political Science, Honors College 1997
    • Dean’s List • ASWSU Senator • Presidential Service Award • Orientation Counselor • Coug Guys & Gals
  • Presenter, “All is Not Lost—Updating Your Sign Code after Reed v. Town of Gilbert", Washington Planners’ Forums Northwest & King County Chapters 2016
  • Presenter, “Legal Implications of Reed v. Town of Gilbert to Local Sign Codes”, Washington Association of Municipal Attorneys (WSAMA) Annual Fall Conference CLE 2015
  • Presenter, “Reed v. Town of Gilbert: Supreme Court Ruling on Signs and the Effect on Sign Enforcement", Washington Association of Code Enforcement Officials (WACE) Annual Fall Conference 2015
  • Presenter, “The Basics of Transactional Documents”, King County Bar Association CLE 2012