Sara Savage is Of Counsel in Selman Breitman’s San Francisco office and is a member of the firm’s Insurance, General Liability, and Construction Law practice groups.  Sara represents insurers in litigated and non-litigated matters, including cases arising out of professional liability, first party bad faith, 3rd party general liability, financial institutions, real estate brokers and agents, employment, construction defect, landlord/tenant and miscellaneous specialized E&O claims. Sara has a unique and sophisticated practice defending her clients and achieving difficult and challenging resolutions that are both professionally and economically beneficial to the parties.  Sara’s clients include insurance carriers, general contractors, attorneys, large corporations and private individuals. She also has experience in representing attorneys in complex, legal malpractice arbitrations and securities brokers’ and dealers in complicated FINRA arbitrations that involve fraud and breach of fiduciary duty. Sara is involved in providing advice to insurers on class actions, rescission actions and declaratory relief lawsuits seeking judicial determinations on emerging coverage issues.  She also acts as monitoring counsel in disputed coverage litigation as well as monitoring state and federal regulatory insurer compliance

Sara’s decades-long experience in Insurance enables her to quickly assess the legal issues in the lawsuit and/or claim, identify and synthesize the critical documents and witnesses and organize the strategy necessary to achieve success either by being the prevailing party or negotiating a multi-layered settlement.  She works closely with General Counsel and has long standing relationships with these clients and work as both an advocate and a litigator to comply with internal rules and procedures and applicable state (and federal) regulations serving her client’s best interests and obtaining the desired result. Sara was recognized as a Northern California Rising Star several years in a row.  

Originally from Chicago, Sara presently resides in the East Bay  with her husband, Roy, and their son, Kingston, who was named after one of Sara’s favorite places in the world, Jamaica, and their dog, Bowie (named after David Bowie).  When not helping clients with their legal needs, she helps with Kingston’s little league baseball team, home improvements with her general contractor husband and travelling to exotic beaches with her family.

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • Alameda County Bar Association, Member
  • San Francisco Bar Association, Member
  • DRI, Member

Awards:

  • Super Lawyers Rising Star (2010-2011)

Bar Admission

California (1998)

United States District Court, Central, Southern, Northern and Eastern Districts of California

Georgia (2001)

 

Education

Pepperdine University School of Law, J.D. (1998)

Loyola Marymount University, B.A. (Political Science) (1994)