Sarah H. Lanham

Sarah H. Lanham is an experienced litigator and has been certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization as a specialist in the field of legal malpractice law. In addition to her specialization, Ms. Lanham regularly represents businesses, banking institutions and individuals in both state and federal courts concerning a variety of claims ranging from the collection of secured debts to real estate, bankruptcy and probate disputes.

Ms. Lanham is a member the Association of Business Trial Lawyers, where she has volunteered as a mock trial judge for law school students and is, also, a member of the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego. She has been a volunteer with the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program’s HIV/AIDS Legal Clinic and was a Board Member of the PTA Council for Cajon Valley Unified School District.

Ms. Lanham earned her undergraduate degree from the University of California at Berkeley (1994), and her law degree from the University of California at Davis (2000) where she earned a position on the Moot Court Board and, also, earned a public interest grant. Ms. Lanham is admitted to practice in the Southern, Central, and Eastern Districts of California, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.

Ms. Lanham has earned a perfect 5.0 AV®-Preeminent™ peer review rating by Martindale-Hubbell and has been nominated as a Super Lawyer (2021). Ms. Lanham has been consistently recognized by San Diego Magazine as one of San Diego’s best lawyers.

Recent Representative Cases
Obtained a seven-figure settlement for a client in a legal malpractice case.
Obtained a walkaway settlement for banking institution defendant in action alleging negligence.
Obtained a $425,00 settlement for client in a construction dispute without the need for litigation.
Obtained a $330,000 settlement for client in a personal injury dispute without the need for litigation.
Obtained a high six-figure settlement for a client in a business dispute on the first day of trial.
Was second-chair in a five-day jury trial where the jury unanimously found by clear and convincing evidence support for client’s financial elder abuse claims and punitive damage. The case settled for $450,000.
Published Decisions
GoTek Energy, Inc. v. SoCal IP Law Group, LLP (2016) 3 Cal. App. 5th 1240, 1244.
Presentations and Articles
Avoid the Shakedown: How to Limit Liability Under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act
USLAW Fall Client Conference (2012)
California’s Emergency E-Discovery Law Can Impact Your Business
Legislative & Small Business Advocacy Committee of the San Diego Chamber of Commerce (2009)
Electronic Discovery: How to Minimize Cost of Business Litigation at Front-End
San Diego Daily Transcript (2009)

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