Sarah Hartman is a senior associate in the Firm's Intellectual Property Litigation Practice Group. Sarah focuses her practice on intellectual property litigation in federal district courts and appellate courts in the United States. Sarah also has extensive experience representing clients in complex commercial disputes. Sarah advises and represents clients through all aspects of litigation, from inception through trial. Sarah also has experience before the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) and with appeals from decisions of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Sarah previously worked in the Firm's New York office where she served as co-chair of the Firm's Women’s Initiative, a collective of Brown Rudnick women attorneys focused on strengthening their internal community and external networks and assisting one another in the advancement of professional endeavors.

Sarah has successfully represented clients in litigation involving intellectual property disputes (patent, trademark, copyright, trade secrets), entertainment disputes, defamation, unfair competition, products liability, employment disputes, class action defense, false advertising, and other complex commercial litigation. Sarah was recognized by The Best Lawyers in America© as “One to Watch” for Litigation-Intellectual Property in the 2021 edition. While at Vanderbilt University Law School, Sarah was a managing editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review.



Representation of one of the nation’s largest television and radio audience measurement companies in a multimillion-dollar litigation against a famous radio personality and his company, involving claims of fraud, conspiracy, unfair business practices, and tortious interference, and counterclaims of conspiracy, tortious interference, and unfair business practices.

Representation of the BVI Liquidator of the Fairfield Funds (the largest feeder funds into the Madoff Ponzi scheme) in the Funds’ Chapter 15 case in Bankruptcy Court in New York, including the prosecution of over 300 clawback actions commenced by the foreign liquidator and the Funds against certain of the Funds’ redeemers. The clawback actions seek the return to the Funds of over $6 billion in overpaid redemptions.

Representation of a technology services company and its President in an action against the company’s former Vice President of Operations for misappropriation of trade secrets, conversion, breach of fiduciary duty and, breach of contract.

Representation of a company that develops and sells automotive interface products in its claim of infringement of patents concerning wireless connectivity for audio and multimedia integration systems against the world’s largest automotive manufacturers and suppliers.

Representation of a software company in its claim of infringement of patents concerning software-enabled functionality of location services against some of the world’s largest consumer technology and electronics companies.

Representation of several major motion picture studios in the successful defense of putative national consumer class action litigations. The cases were won on motions to dismiss.

Representation of major country music star and televised shopping network in the successful defense of a litigation asserting Lanham Act claims (trademark infringement and dilution) and unfair competition. The case was won on a motion to dismiss. The case was covered by Law360.

Representation of a multinational media conglomerate in an arbitration involving a film financing dispute with a New York hedge fund, which resulted in a favorable settlement for the client.

Representation of a global corporate apparel manufacturer in defense of a mass tort / products liability litigation, resulting in favorable settlements for the client.


Vanderbilt University Law School – J.D., Order of the Coif, 2011
University of Southern California – B.A., magna cum laude, 2008

Bar Admissions

New York
District of Columbia
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Quoted, “Slow and Steady,” The Daily Journal (September 9, 2016)
Recognized in “Frankfurt Kurnit Beats Back California Talent Scam Prevention Act Claim” (July 8, 2016)
Co-author, “Was Anyone Hurt? – New Supreme Court Test Raises the Bar for Class Action Plaintiffs” (May 24, 2016)
Professional Affiliations
Los Angeles County Bar Association
Orange County Bar Association
Awards and Honors
Recognized by The Best Lawyers in America© and Southern California's Best Lawyers© as "Ones to Watch" for Litigation - Intellectual Property (2021)