Sara Shaw Tatum

Associate Appeals

Overview

Sara Shaw Tatum is an associate in the New York office of Kirkland and Ellis LLP. Sara’s practice focuses on legal issues in complex commercial litigation, as well as appellate and Supreme Court litigation. Representative matters include serving as counsel for debtors during contested bankruptcy proceedings, a state official conducting state-wide elections, a medical-service provider defending against a criminal antitrust prosecution, a telecommunications company facing consumer-fraud litigation, an air-conditioner manufacturer opposing breach-of-warranty claims, a real estate investor involved in a landlord-tenant dispute, and pharmaceutical companies in product liability, RICO, and antitrust cases.

Sara also devotes significant time to her work with the Innocence Project. Sara was part of a team that exonerated a wrongfully convicted woman who spent more than 17 years in a Texas prison based on false medical testimony elicited at her trial. She regularly advises on post-conviction litigation strategy and briefing in cases around the country.

Before joining Kirkland, Sara served as a law clerk to Associate Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh of the Supreme Court of the United States, Judge Laurence H. Silberman of the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and Judge Richard J. Sullivan, then of the District Court for the Southern District of New York.

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Credentials

Admissions & Qualifications

  • New York

Courts

  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York

Education

  • Harvard Law SchoolJ.D.magna cum laude
    Harvard Law Review
  • New York University Stern School of BusinessB.S., Finance & Economicsmagna cum laude