Sarah Abshear is an associate in Winston & Strawn’s New York office. Her practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, including class action and antitrust litigation. Ms. Abshear has also represented multinational companies facing criminal and administrative proceedings brought by the U.S. Department of Justice and foreign competition authorities relating to alleged cartel activities.
Ms. Abshear was previously a Staff Attorney for the American Civil Liberties Foundation of San Diego & Imperial Counties, where she advocated for civil liberties and represented individuals whose civil rights had been violated. Her practice at the ACLU focused on First Amendment issues, primarily freedom of speech and freedom of expression.
- In re Lithium Ion Batteries Antitrust Litigation – Defense of Panasonic Corporation and subsidiaries in multidistrict and related putative class actions involving alleged violations of antitrust and consumer protection statutes.
- Representation of insurance companies in complex commercial disputes, including disputes involving retrospectively rated insurance policies, and a dispute with a reinsurer regarding overpaid premiums.
- Defense of an insurance company in a putative class action regarding allegedly delayed/denied premium payments and “modal premium” claims, the latter of which were summarily rejected on a motion to dismiss.
Ms. Abshear is a member of the New York State Bar Association’s Young Lawyers and Trial Lawyers Sections.
Ms. Abshear represents the City of New York by taking and defending depositions as Pro Bono counsel through the New York City Deposition Program.
Ms. Abshear received a J.D. from Columbia Law School in 2009, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and served as a Writing and Research Editor of the Columbia Journal of Law and Social Problems. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Kentucky in 2006 with a B.A. in Political Science.