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Sara is results-driven and has been working with clients to solve complex employment problems for more than 25 years. Her practice is diverse, and includes counseling employers on the scope of employment issues and litigating cases involving race, age, disability, gender discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliation, employee benefits (ERISA), and complex wage-and-hour litigation. Additionally, Sara is the Global Chair of the Women's Initiative Network at Reed Smith, and served as the Global Practice Group Leader for the Labor & Employment Group from 2012 to 2017.


  • Georgetown University Law Center, 1987, LL.M.
  • University of Dayton School of Law, 1985, J.D.
  • University of Dayton, 1981, B.A., cum laude

  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey

  • All State and Federal Courts - New Jersey
  • All State and Federal Courts - Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Third Circuit

  • Advisory Board Member, Working Mother Best Law Firms for Women
  • Leadership Council Member, Community Legal Services of Philadelphia

Awards & Recognition

  • Recognized by Chambers USA - Pennsylvania Labor & Employment
    • 2018 
    • 2017: "'Crackerjack lawyer' Sara Begley comes highly recommended …'"She's strategically very sound, and knows how to approach settlement in the most advantageous moment for her client. She has very good judgment.'"
    • 2016: "The 'outstanding' Sara Begley is an experienced trial lawyer who is noted for her handling of matters such as discrimination, breach of contract and trade secret disputes."
    • 2015: "A highly capable advocate who stands out for her strategic thinking and practical advice."
  • Recognized by Legal 500 US – Workplace and Employment Counseling:
    • 2018 
    • 2017: Philadelphia-based practice head Sara Begley is an 'excellent trial attorney'.
  • Recognized by Legal 500 US – Labor and Employment Disputes (Including Collective Actions): Defense
    • 2018 
    • 2017: "Sara Begley is an 'excellent trial attorney'.
    • 2016: "Sara Begley ('responsive, practical and tough') leads the 'excellent' team and takes on a varied caseload of litigation including all forms of discrimination and wage and hour matters under the FLSA."
    • 2015: "Practice head Sara Begley is 'particularly excellent', attracting praise for her "practical nature in addition to excellent legal skills" and for being 'very customer oriented.'"
  • Included on the Best Lawyers in America list since 2014 in the practice area(s) of Employment Law - Management and Litigation - Labor and Employment. The Best Lawyers in America list is issued by Best Lawyers. A description of the selection methodology can be found at No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.
  • Recognized as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, 2015 - 2018
  • Selected by The Legal Intelligencer as one of its "Women of the Year" in 2012
  • Enjoys an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell

Media Appearances

  • 30 October 2014 Employers Using Personality Tests To Vet Applicants Need Cautious 'Personalities' of Their Own" Forbes
  • 14 May 2014 "WHEN THE WHISTLE BLOWS...Recent Developments in Whistleblower Retaliation Law and How Employers Can Guard Against Costly Claims" Forbes
  • 7 March 2014 "Employers Who Use SATs As a Hiring Metric: Be Prepared" Forbes
  • 6 November 2013 "Dolphins Scandal: A Lesson For All Employers" Forbes
  • 20 September 2013 "Helicopter Parents' Crash Kids' Job Interviews: What's An Employer To Do?" Forbes
  • 5 September 2013 "An Online Assist for Whistleblowers" HR Executive Online
  • 5 September 2013 "New OSHA Form Will Fan The Flames In Whistle-Blower Filings" Forbes
  • 16 August 2013 "Deletion of Former Owner's Email Account More Than a Year Before Litigation Results in Adverse Inference" Forbes
  • 27 February 2013 "Q&A With Reed Smith's Sara Begley" Law360
  • 14 March 2012"11th Circ. Says Transgender Workers Shielded By Federal Law" Law360
  • 17 February 2012 "EEOC Sheds Light on Pregnancy, Caregiver Discrimination" HR Executive Online
  • 15 February 2012 "Pregnancy Bias is Alive and Well in America"
  • 15 February 2012 "Pregnancy Bias in Workplace Still Widespread: EEOC Panel" Law360
  • 11 August 2011 "Verizon Wins Injunction Against Striking Workers" Law360
  • 9 August 2011 "Verizon Sues to Curb Union Strike Tactics" Law360
  • 13 February 2011 "Firm to Alter Facebook Rule" Business Insurance
  • 13 February 2011 "Feds Settle Case of Woman Fired Over Facebook Site" Associated Press
  • 12 February 2011 "Is Social Networking Right for Your Business," New York Times
  • 8 December 2010 "Tips for Employers to Avoid Suits Over Credit Checks" Law360
  • 11 August 2010 "Law Review: Spotting a Troubled Employee Before Mass Murder is Almost Impossible, Law Experts Say" Philadelphia Inquirer
  • 23 June 2010 "10th Circ. Ruling Limits Duty to Reassign under ADA" Law360
  • 2 June 2010 "Unsung Hero Pro Bono Prisoner Right" Legal Intelligencer
  • 2 February 2010 "Disparate Impact" Employment Law Watch
  • 22 January 2010 "Criminal History" Employment Law Watch
  • 1 December 2009 "Weighty Issues: Court Says Workers Comp Covers Weight Reduction" Inside Counsel
  • 1 November 2009 "Private Practices" Inside Counsel
  • 12 October 2009 "Lessons from Letterman Saga" HR Executive Online
  • 21 September 2009 "Yale Case Shines Light on Workplace Violence"
  • 2 September 2009 "Retaliation Claims Paralyze Employers" The American Law Journal
  • 11 August 2009 "Spotting Troubled Employees before Violence"
  • 17 November 2008 "Wave of Layoffs, a Legal Minefield" The National Law Journal
  • 27 October 2008 "Lawyers Urge Employers to Shift Strategy Toward Retaliation Claims" Corporate Counsel
  • 13 August 2007 "Avoiding Age Discrimination Claims in Hiring"
  • 30 May 2007 "Pay Bias Claim",
  • Also quoted in: American Law Journal, Bloomberg, Businessweek, Huffington Post, New York Post, Boston Globe