Overview

Sarah N. O’Keefe represents employers in all aspects of litigation, state and federal court, and before federal and state agencies, in all aspects of litigation. She has extensive litigation experience, including defending discrimination and harassment claims under the Arizona Civil Rights Act, Arizona Employment Protection Act, Family Medical Leave Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.

Sarah defends employers in actions involving wrongful termination, breach of contract, defamation, and allegations of negligent hiring, supervision, and retention. She also counsels and trains employers in best practices, compliance, and personnel matters.

Sarah has completed several trials, in addition to having experience in:

  • Representing employers in state and federal trial and appellate courts on a variety of employment matters, including wrongful terminations, discrimination and harassment, breach of contracts, employment-related torts, and wage and hour disputes
  • Defending employers before administrative agencies, including the ACRD, EEOC, and NLRB
  • Conducting investigations to assess risks and minimize liability
  • Drafting comprehensive handbooks, employment contracts, policies and procedures, and severance agreements
  • Counseling management regarding human resources issues, including employee handbooks, policies and procedures, training, disciplinary matters, leaves, and terminations
  • Strategizing layoffs, restructuring, and acquisitions
  • Drafting and enforcing restrictive covenants, including non-compete, non-solicit, confidentiality agreements, and severance agreements
  • Advising employers on grievances
  • Conducting I-9 audits

Before joining Littler, Sarah clerked for the Hon. Patricia K. Norris at the Arizona Court of Appeals and worked in private practice.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Member

State Bar of Arizona

Member

Maricopa County Bar

Member

Federal Bar Association

Member

Arizona Women Lawyers Association

Member

Arizona Women's Leadership Forum

TGen Ambassador

Translational Genomics Research Institute

2018-2019

Recognition

Named, Ones to Watch

The Best Lawyers in America©

2021

Named, Rising Star

Arizona

Super Lawyers

2018

Named, Willard H. Pedrick Scholar

Arizona State University College of Law

News, Analysis & Press

Are you unintentionally discriminating against pregnant employees?

In Business Magazine

December 2018

Score a Home Run for Your Women-Owned Small Business

AZ Business Magazine

July/August 2018

Federal Arbitration Act - The Pros and Cons of The Supreme Court's 2018 Decision

AZ Big Media (online)

July 2018

8 Steps to Avoid a Pregnancy Discrimination Lawsuit

AZ Big Media (online)

May 2018

Non-Compete Agreements – Enforceable or Not?

AZ Big Media (online)

March 2018

What’s an Attorney-Client Relationship?

Attorney at Law Magazine

November 2017

3 Ways to Prevent a Weinstein Scandal

AZ Business Magazine

November 2017

Joint Employment–Your Companies Might Not Be Separate in the Eyes of the Law

AZ Business Magazine (online)

October 2017

How to Prevent a FMLA Interference Claim in Employee Termination

AZ Business Magazine (online)

October 2017

What’s an Attorney-Client Relationship?

AZ Business Magazine

March 2017

Speaking Engagements

Arizona Virtual Employer

October 20, 2020

Education

  • J.D., Arizona State University College of Law, 2012cum laude
  • B.S., Arizona State University, 2009summa cum laude

Bar Admission

Arizona

Courts

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
  • Arizona Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona