Sarah Ames, Partner


Sarah Ames is a bi-lingual member of the firm's Business Law Practice Group. She specializes in representing multinational companies, primarily German-speaking companies, and their U.S. subsidiaries with regard to corporate, commercial, employment, and immigration matters. Her experience includes:

  • Advising companies on incorporating restructuring, merging legal entities, and corporate governance.
  • Preparing and counseling on various agreements, including licensing agreements, terms and conditions of sale, lease agreements, and sales and distribution agreements.
  • Advising companies on employment matters such as employment agreements, handbooks, disciplinary actions, and termination.
  • Counseling companies on transferring and hiring foreign national, filing business visa applications and advising on general immigration matters.

Legal Services

Education and Honors

  • University of Alabama School of Law (J.D., 1997)
  • University of Alabama (M.A., 1994)
    • Degree: German Literature
  • University of Hamburg School of Law (Intermediate Examination, 1992)
    • Major: European Community Law

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois
  • Alabama

Professional and Civic Activities

  • Alabama State Bar Association (Member)
  • Chicago Bar Association (Member)
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (Member)
  • Australian New Zealand American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest (Member; Director, May 2018 - present)
  • German-American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest (Member). Founding and Steering Committee Member of the Young Executives Committee
  • Heidelberg Club International (Member; Chair: 2015)
  • World Sport Chicago Athlete Ambassador Program (Member)
  • Seven Continents Marathon Club and North Pole Grand Slam Marathon Club (Member)
  • Intercontinental Marathon Club (Member, requires running 7 marathons on 7 continents in 7 days)
  • Board of Hamlin Fistula USA (Member, Chair: 2017)
  • Board of the International Fistula Alliance (Member, Chair: 2017)
  • Alabama Germany Partnership (Member)


  • German