Sarah M. Washington, an associate in Goldberg Segalla’s Commercial Litigation and Arbitration and General Liability practices, was profiled in an article for Upstate New York Super Lawyers Magazine. The piece covers her journey into the practice of law and her plans as president-elect of the Minority Bar Association of Western New York (MBAWNY).
In the article, Sarah, who has been deeply involved with the MBAWNY since law school at the University at Buffalo, discusses how important it is to find mentors with similar experiences and her goals to help other minority students find their way.
“Thinking about everything the association helped me do as a law student, and at my first job after law school, and then eventually landing at Goldberg Segalla, put a passion in me to want to give back,” said Sarah. She stressed the importance of “[h]aving somebody who looks like you or who may have a similar inner-city background or financial upbringing to help you navigate things so you don’t have to navigate them alone.”
Sarah also shared how she gives underserved children in the community opportunities to work together with attorneys and see the law in a positive light. This is something she has done for the last four years as chair of MBAWNY’s annual toy drive—an event that collects over 200 toys for pre-K and kindergarten students at inner-city Buffalo public schools.
“For me it is a way to inspire young students and to instill in them that it is possible for them to also become an attorney, or whatever they desire to grow up to be,” she said.
“MBAWNY Helped Sarah Washington as a Law Student; Now She’s Paying it Forward as its Next President,” Upstate New York Super Lawyers Magazine, September 1, 2020
Sarah M. Washington focuses her practice on commercial litigation, business services, and defending large businesses, landowners, and contractors in premises liability and construction site personal injury litigation, including matters involving New York State Labor Law. A rising leader in the Western New York legal and business community, Sarah is deeply involved with the Minority Bar Association of Western New York, currently serving as its vice president and president-elect. She is also a leader in the SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Association Gold Group, the Nichols School Alumni Board, and various other community organizations. Sarah was honored as an Upstate New York Super Lawyers Rising Star for 2020 and one of the Buffalo Business First 30 Under 30 for 2019. She graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Political Science from the University at Buffalo before earning her J.D. at the University at Buffalo School of Law, where she was president of the Black Law Student Association and gained experience as law clerk to the Honorable Hugh B. Scott, Magistrate Judge for the Western District of New York, and as an intern with the Buffalo Office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).