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Sarah R. Wolff

Sarah R. Wolff



  • Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, 1978, J.D., Member, Board of Editors of the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology
  • Northwestern University, 1974, B.S., with highest distinction

Professional Admissions / Qualifications

  • Illinois

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court - Northern District of Illinois

Sarah is the co-chair of the Securities Litigation and Enforcement Group. She regularly represents public companies and their officers and directors in SEC and other federal and state securities regulatory investigations and enforcement proceedings. Her areas of expertise include the anti-fraud provisions of the securities statutes, including insider trading matters, as well as the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. She counsels clients on policies and procedures designed to protect sensitive information as well as on issues ranging from compliance with various laws and regulations to disclosure obligations to government regulators in the event of a data breach.

Sarah's practice also includes representation of clients in complex civil litigation in federal and state courts throughout the country. Sarah, an experienced trial lawyer, has defended numerous securities fraud class actions as well as  consumer fraud, anti-trust and other business fraud class and complex litigation actions on behalf of public companies and their officers and directors. She has led special committee inquiries in securities and corporate governance matters and has assisted corporate clients in conducting internal investigations in a wide range of areas. Sarah regularly speaks on panels and programs pertaining to the securities laws, corporate governance and compliance programs and trial strategy. She was named one of "America's Top 50 Women Litigators" by The National Law Journal, in December 2001, and has been selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for Commercial Business Litigation (2001-2016) and Illinois Super Lawyers for Securities Litigation (2001-2016).

Employment History

  • 2007 - Reed Smith
    • Co-Chair of Securities Litigation & Enforcement Group
  • 1979 - Sachnoff & Weaver (combined with Reed Smith in 2007)
    • Chair, Sachnoff & Weaver Litigation Group (2002 - 2007)
    • Member, Sachnoff & Weaver Board of Directors

Honors & Awards

  • Named one of “America’s Top 50 Women Litigators” by The National Law Journal (17 December 2001)
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America for Commercial Business Litigation (2001-2016)
  • Selected as Illinois Super Lawyer in Securities Litigation by Super Lawyers, Corporate Counsel Edition magazine (2007-2016)