Sarah R. Anchors, Associate

Biography

Sarah Anchors practices general commercial litigation, with a focus on lender liability, consumer protection statutes, and insurance policyholder representation. She has obtained dismissal for lending clients of lawsuits, affirmed on several occasions on appeal by borrowers seeking to stop foreclosure. She has also represented lenders in obtaining deficiency judgments and in settlements, and defeating contractual and tort counterclaims. Businesses are subject to a growing barrage of class action claims under consumer protection statutes, such as the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), and Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA). Ms. Anchors works with clients to comply with the rigors of such regulations, and to obtain dismissal, judgment or favorable settlement of consumers’ claims. Ms. Anchors has assisted insurance policyholders in obtaining coverage for claims and worked on bad-faith claims. Recently, she has presented on the emerging field of insurance coverage for data breaches and cybersecurity risks. Additionally, Ms. Anchors has experience representing lenders and businesses in eminent domain actions.

Legal Services

Education and Honors

  • Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University (J.D., magna cum laude, 2007)
    • Graduated Order of the Coif and with High Pro Bono Distinction; Women Law Students' Association Member of the Year
    • Arizona State Law Journal, Articles Chair and Symposium Committee chair, presenting "Conversations About Justice Sandra Day O'Connor"
    • Winner of the American Bar Association Tort, Trial & Insurance Practice Section 2007 Law Student Writing Competition
    • Externships: Judge Michael Daly Hawkins, Ninth Circuit, 2006; Judge Mary H. Murguia, U.S. District Court of Arizona, 2005
  • University of Maryland (B.A., cum laude, 2000)
    • Phi Beta Kappa
    • Maryland, Delaware, D.C. Press Association Outstanding News-Editorial Senior Award

Bar Admissions

  • Arizona

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit, 2008
  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 2007

Professional and Civic Activities

  • Member of the ABA Section of Litigation, Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee
  • Arizona Women Lawyers Association, Maricopa County Chapter, committee co-chair
  • Circuit Correspondent to the American Bar Association's Section of Litigation, Business Torts & Unfair Competition Committee
  • Park Central Toastmasters (Vice President of Education)
  • Keep Phoenix Beautiful (pro bono counsel and former board member)
  • Fresh Start Women’s Foundation (former auxiliary board member)
  • Women's Metropolitan Arts Council (former board member)

Professional Recognition

  • Southwest Super Lawyers® – Rising Stars (2014–2015: Business Litigation)
  • 2010 Top Pro Bono Attorney in Arizona award from the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education