Sarah Prescott’s practice concentrates on employment law and civil rights violations. Sarah represents individuals in a wide variety of situations—from highly compensated senior executives to part-time wage earners. The common unifying theme across her practice is complexity: Sarah typically works with individuals who need savvy, hard-hitting, nuanced representation in difficult political or factual situations. Her experience includes claims, be they nationally noteworthy or settled discreetly and privately, involving whistleblowing and qui tam actions, wage and hour laws, sex, race, disability, national origin, pregnancy, or age discrimination and harassment, contract violations, and severance negotiations. Sarah has also represented many government employees and contractors who have blown the whistle on public corruption or fraud and average citizens whose civil rights have been denied.
Sarah’s results have been featured in local and national media for the size of resolutions obtained as well as the notoriety of the people and institutions she has prevailed against. In 2020, Sarah was recognized with a stellar trial team as a Finalist for the National Trial Lawyer of the Year, and she served as local trial counsel for national political campaigns, engaged in nationally covered voter protection work. Michigan Lawyers’ Weekly has featured her cases in its 2012, 2014, and 2015 issues covering the largest verdicts and settlements in Michigan, and in 2020 two of her cases resolved in the highest payouts in the State. Details of her cases can be found in coverage by the Detroit Free Press, Detroit News, Oakland Press, National Law Journal, New York Times, Wall Street Journal (online), ABC News, MSNBC, and various local papers and radio outlets. Sarah’s leadership in the field has been the basis for her selection as the past President of the Michigan Employment Lawyers’ Association and as a longtime member of the Michigan Advisory Committee to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission, among other honors.
Prior to founding Salvatore Prescott Porter & Porter, Sarah worked in the Detroit region in civil rights. Sarah’s Michigan presence followed a period working for Fortune 500 corporations at a boutique law firm in Washington, D.C. and a term clerking for the Honorable Gary Feess in California’s federal trial courts.
Sarah earned her BA from Northwestern University and her JD from Harvard Law School, where she graduated with honors and was Primary Editor of the Harvard Law Review.
Sarah has taught a course on employment litigation at the University of Michigan Law School and frequently lectures on employment law issues. Recent speaking engagements have involved the ADA, the Fair Labor Standards Act, LGBT rights, avoiding claims of immunity from suit, Michigan’s Whistleblower Protection Act, and the Family Medical Leave Act. Sarah has been asked to testify a number of times for worker-friendly changes to Michigan law in Lansing, and she helped write and lobby for the first amendment to Michigan’s anti-discrimination statute in over 20 years.
Sarah is a member of the Bars of Michigan, Washington D.C., and California. She is admitted to practice in the Eastern District of Michigan, the Western District of Michigan, the 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, and the Federal Tax Court.