Sarah S. Prescott
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. Her cases can be found in coverage by the Detroit Free Press, Detroit News, Oakland Press, National Law Journal, Wall Street Journal (online), ABC News, MSNBC, and various local papers and radio outlets. Michigan Lawyers’ Weekly has featured her cases in its 2012, 2014, and 2015 issues covering the largest verdicts and settlements in Michigan. Sarah’s leadership in the field has been the basis for her selection as the President of the Michigan Employment Lawyers’ Association and as a member of the Michigan Advisory Committee to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission, among other honors.
Prior to founding Salvatore Prescott & Porter, Sarah partnered for several years with civil rights attorney Deborah Gordon. Her practice then, as now, focused on civil rights claims in and outside the workplace. With Ms. Gordon, Sarah had a well-publicized string of multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements against private entities, police, prosecutors, judges, and other public personalities and institutions. 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.
Awards / Recognition
- Selected as one of The Best Lawyers in America in “Employment Law – Individuals” (2018)
- Received the “Women in the Law” Award from Michigan Lawyers’ Weekly (2017)
- Leadership Council for the Labor and Employment Section of the State Bar of Michigan
- President, Michigan Employment Lawyers’ Association
- Board Member, Michigan Association for Justice (past chair, Employment Lawyers)
- Named as Michigan Super Lawyer (2013 – 2018)
- Listed in the Top 50 Women Super Lawyers (2018)
- Selected as Michigan “Rising Star” (2011 – 2012)
- School Board Trustee, Northville, MI (2015-present)
- State Bar of Michigan Planning Body (2013-2016)
- State Bar of Michigan Professional Ethics Committee (2015-present)
- Michigan Advisory Committee to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission (2013-present)
- ACLU Cooperating Attorney
Teaching / Speaking
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.