Business tort and employment law trial attorney
Sarah Belger is a trial lawyer who focuses on complex employment-related litigation and disputes involving restrictive covenants, business torts and trade secret litigation. Sarah represents plaintiffs and defendants in cases involving noncompete agreements, confidentiality agreements and trade secret theft. She has obtained injunctions in multiple cases that prohibited individuals from competing against firm clients and has successfully represented employers who have hired individuals with noncompete or confidentiality agreements. In addition to her litigation experience, she counsels employers on how to draft noncompete and secrecy agreements. Her work covers many industries, including:
- Government contractors
- Professional services
- Information technology
- Health care
- Nonprofit organizations
Known for her pragmatic business communication and listening skills, clients praise Sarah’s extensive knowledge of their business, as well as her ability to provide common-sense advice and effective representation both in the court room and the board room. She finds creative solutions to business issues and, when necessary, aggressively represents her clients’ interests in court.
Sarah frequently speaks on employment law issues and has presented numerous continuing legal education topics to Virginia attorneys. She regularly provides training to private companies and government entities on topics such as ethics, protecting corporate assets, internal investigations, discipline and workplace accommodations.
Experience in Action
- Defends employers before federal, state and appellate courts, administrative agencies and in arbitration settings
- Counsels and defends clients under Title VII, Section 1981, the ADA, the ADEA, the FMLA, USERRA, the WARN Act, federal and state whistleblower statutes, Executive Order 11246 governing the employment practices of federal contractors and other federal, state and local laws
- Litigates collective action and class action claims arising under federal and state wage and hour laws, including the FLSA. Sarah also litigates ERISA-related pension, fiduciary and severance claims in multiple federal courts.
- Counsels employers on how to avoid discrimination charges and lawsuits.
- Assists organizations on a variety of employment matters, including disciplinary decisions, reductions in force, employee handbooks, drug testing, executive agreements, disability accommodations and defamation
- Drafts employment contracts for executives
- Lead attorney for client with $1.3 billion in revenue in its successful defense of race and national origin claims brought by a former employee.
- Obtained a preliminary injunction for a government contractor against a business development manager in a restrictive covenant and trade secrets case.
- Led a nonprofit organization’s successful defense in an arbitration filed by a former CEO who alleged defamation and disability discrimination.
- Lead attorney for a 14,000-employee company in its successful defense of sexual orientation and national origin claims brought by a former employee.
- Successfully argued and defended appeals in disability and race discrimination cases in the Fourth and Sixth Circuits.
- Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2019-2023 (Employment Law: Management)
- Virginia Business Magazine "Legal Elite" 2015-2017, 2020 (Labor & Employment)
- Selected for inclusion in Washington D.C. Super Lawyers® - Rising Stars 2013 - 2017 (Employment Litigation: Defense, Employment and Labor)
- Selected for inclusion in Virginia Super Lawyers® - Rising Stars 2012-2017 (Employment Litigation: Defense, Employment and Labor)
Professional & Civic Activities
- Fairfax Bar Association (Member)
- District of Columbia Bar (Member)
- Virginia Bar Association (Member)
News & Insights
- News Release
- News Release
- Media Mention
- News Release
- News Release
- Presentation"Family and Medical Leave Act Update"28th Annual Employment Law Update 2019 (Virginia CLE)
- Presentation"A Timely Analysis of the Labor and Employment Law Cases Decided During the Supreme Court's 2017-2018 Term"2017-2018 U.S. Supreme Court Labor and Employment Law Cases (Virginia CLE)
- Presentation"A Timely Analysis of the Labor and Employment Law Cases Decided During the Supreme Court's 2016-2017 Term"2016-2017 U.S. Supreme Court Labor and Employment Law Cases (Virginia CLE)
- Presentation"Accommodating Pregnancy and Religion in the Workplace"26th Annual Employment Law Update 2017 (Virginia CLE)
- Presentation"A Timely Analysis of the Labor and Employment Law Cases Decided During the Supreme Court's 2015-2016 Term"2015-2016 U.S. Supreme Court Labor and Employment Law Cases (Virginia CLE)
- Presentation"An Analysis of the Employment Issues that the Supreme Court Will Decide Next Year"The Employment Law Docket of the 2015-2016 U.S. Supreme Court Term (Virginia CLE)
- George Washington University Law School (J.D., 2004)
- High honors
- Order of the Coif
- Washington and Lee University (B.A., magna cum laude, 1999)
- District of Columbia
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
- U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
- U.S. District Court, District of Maryland
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
- U.S. District Court, Western District of Virginia