Sarah Rathke is a trial lawyer whose practice focuses on defending and pursuing the interests of manufacturers throughout the country. Sarah has argued and tried cases on behalf of national and multinational corporations in forums throughout the US. Her skills include a deep understanding of the process of bringing highly engineered products to market, and conveying that understanding to judges and juries. Sarah’s expertise crosses industries, but she has a particular focus and experience in representing and defending manufacturers in the medical, pharmaceutical and automotive industries, having tried numerous mass tort and product liability matters to judge and jury. She is a co-author of a 2016 book aimed at mitigating the risk of manufacturing litigation titled, Legal Blacksmith: How to Avoid and Defend Supply Chain Disputes.
Sarah has gained a reputation as an accomplished trial lawyer. In 2012, she was one of three lawyers nationwide appointed to the National Institute for Trial Advocacy’s (NITA) Next Generation faculty. She has lectured on trial advocacy at the Cleveland Marshall School of Law. She was named an Ohio Super Lawyers “Rising Star,” an honor given to the top 2.5 percent of Ohio lawyers age 40 or under, eight times. Sarah has also been named as a Benchmark Litigation “Future Litigation Star” for 2016, 2017 and 2018.
Sarah also has an active sports practice. Her representations include athletes, sports agents and teams. Her sports-related litigation victories include the representation of NBA superstar LeBron James.