Sara E. Hirshon

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  • Boston University School of Law (J.D., 2002)
  • University of Michigan (B.A., 1999), Michigan Class Honors

Highlights

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Recognized in Benchmark Litigation's "Under 40 Hot List"

Biography

Sara Hirshon assists clients to effectively manage disputes, whether through litigation, arbitration, or mediation. She has worked on behalf of Fortune 500 companies, closely held private companies, not-for-profit corporations, government agencies, families and individuals. Sara works with her clients to understand their business and their goals to guide them in developing a practical and efficient plan.

Sara has experience helping clients protect their brand through management and enforcement of their intellectual property rights. An experienced litigator, Sara has litigated claims for copyright, trademark and trade dress infringement in federal courts in New York, Massachusetts and Maine across a variety of industries, including fashion and design, hospitality, and nutritional supplements. Her experience extends to all facets of the litigation process, from preliminary motion practice to discovery to witness examination to post-trial briefing.

Sara also assists client in protecting their brands outside of litigation. Sara assists clients in managing and protecting their brand across a variety of industries. Her experience spans the entire lifecycle of brand creation and management. This includes analyzing the suitability of registration as well as assessing the risk posed by existing products and brands in the marketplace. Sara also assists clients with the registration process for copyrights, trademarks and trade dress, and helps clients manage intellectual property rights in existing brands or products. This includes monitoring for unauthorized use by others in the marketplace and facilitating the licensing of existing intellectual property.

Sara’s practice extends beyond the United States. She helps foreign clients in securing intellectual property rights within the United States as well as obtaining foreign protection for rights secured domestically.

In addition to her experience handling intellectual property disputes, Sara has broad experience in complex business disputes, franchise and dealer litigation, and probate litigation. She has helped clients successfully litigate disputes between franchisors and franchisees, shareholders in corporate disputes, a corporation in a legal malpractice action, as well as disputes between manufacturers and product distributors. No matter the nature of the dispute, Sara is a dedicated advocate for her clients who strives to ensure that disputes are resolved as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Prior to joining Verrill Dana, Sara worked at some of Boston and Philadelphia’s best-known law firms.

Public Service

Resources for Human Development, Human Rights Committee Member
The Guidance Center, Inc., Board of Visitors
Young Associates of The Guidance Center, Founding Member

Memberships

American Bar Association, Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section: 
    Business Litigation Committee, Vice Chair (2013-Present); 
    Intellectual Property Committee, Vice Chair (2013-Present); 
    Standing Committee on Membership Member (2009-2011); 
    Task Force on Outreach to Law Students Member (2009-2011)
American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division: 
    Commission on Women in the Profession (2010-2011); 
    Membership Committee Member (2009-2010)

Education

  • Boston University School of Law (J.D., 2002)
  • University of Michigan (B.A., 1999), Michigan Class Honors

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 2003
  • Massachusetts, 2005
  • Maine, 2010

Court and Other Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maine
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania

Honors

Selected for Benchmark Litigation's 2017 "Under 40 Hot List"