Sarah Brewerton-Palmer is an associate with Caplan Cobb specializing in complex business litigation, First Amendment issues, media & communications law, and appellate matters. Sarah also maintains an active pro bono practice focused on media clients and criminal cases. Super Lawyers magazine has recognized Sarah as a “Rising Star” in business litigation since 2019.
Before joining Caplan Cobb, Sarah served as a law clerk to the Honorable Jill Pryor of the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta, Georgia. Prior to clerking, Sarah practiced with Jenner & Block in Chicago, Illinois. Sarah has also volunteered her time as a law clerk to the Orleans Public Defender in New Orleans, Louisiana.
“Sarah’s legal analysis and negotiation skills have been consistently excellent, and she also showed a great feel for the business and budget issues we faced in the context of the legal situation. . . . Her professional attention to our case assured us that we were very capably represented.”
Business Litigation. Sarah routinely litigates complex commercial matters on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants. She has experience with a wide variety of commercial disputes, including breach-of-contract litigation, post-employment disputes, fiduciary-duty claims, business breakups, and commercial lease disputes.
First Amendment, Media, and Communications Law. Sarah routinely litigates First Amendment issues, and she frequently represents news organizations in their efforts to obtain public records from governmental bodies. In 2017, she represented the Undisclosed podcast before the Georgia Supreme Court in its suit to obtain recordings of a criminal murder trial. Sarah has also filed amicus curiae briefs advocating for First Amendment rights and open government on behalf of some of the most influential non-profit organizations in the country.
In addition to First Amendment and open records issues, Sarah’s media practice also focuses on federal communications law. She has advised multi-national corporations on compliance with federal communications regulations and has represented a class of individuals in their suit to enforce communications regulations against one of the largest telecommunications providers in the country.
Appellate Practice. Sarah has successfully represented clients before the United States Supreme Court, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the Georgia Supreme Court, and the Georgia Court of Appeals. Her appellate experience has involved issues such as major contract disputes, complex federal regulatory questions, open records laws, and federal criminal statutes. In her year as a clerk on the Eleventh Circuit, Sarah gained important insight into federal appellate practice and became familiar with a wide range of federal statutory regimes and constitutional law.
J.D., magna cum laude, The University of Michigan Law School
Online Editor, Michigan Law Review
Order of the Coif
B.A., magna cum laude, The University of Missouri
HONORS & RECOGNITIONS
Rising Star in Business Litigation, Super Lawyers Magazine (2019-2020)
PROFESSIONAL & COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES
Board of Directors, Georgia First Amendment Foundation
Planning Committee, Annual Georgia Bar Media & Judiciary Conference
Access to Justice Committee, State Bar of Georgia
Member, Media Law Resource Center
Barrister, Lamar Inn of Court
SPEECHES & PUBLICATIONS
Supreme Court Invalidates TCPA Amendments, Expands Skepticism of Content-Based Commercial Regulations, Media Law Resource Center (2020)
Post-Reed Sign Regulation for Municipalities, presented at the Georgia Municipal Association’s City Attorneys’ Virtual CLE (2020)
What Georgia’s Shelter-in-Place Order Means for the Media, Georgia First Amendment Foundation (2020)
Transparency in the Time of Coronavirus: Tips for Virtual Government Meetings, Georgia First Amendment Foundation (2020)
How to Keep Public Meetings Open in an Emergency, presented at the Georgia First Amendment Foundation’s Transparency Town Hall (2020)
Six Tips for Drafting Binding Term Sheets at Mediation, American Bar Association (2020)
Eleventh Circuit Reinstates Haitian Businessman’s Defamation Claims, Media Law Resource Center Digital Newsletter (2019)
The Accountant-Client Privilege, presented at the Georgia Society of CPAs annual Fraud & Forensic Accounting Seminar (2018)
Nuts and Bolts of Civil Appellate Practice: Drafting the Briefs, presented at the State Bar of Georgia’s annual Appellate Practice Section CLE (2018)