Sarah L. Tufano - Complex Commercial Disputes litigator - Nixon Peabody LLP

Sarah L. Tufano

Sarah Tufano is an associate and a member of the Complex Commercial Disputes practice group. Sarah is admitted to practice in New York.

What do you focus on?

I represent clients in complex commercial and business disputes across a variety of industries, including transportation, healthcare, and banking and financial services. I also represent and counsel clients involved in government investigations. My background includes researching and drafting dispositive motions for litigations in federal and state court, coordinating discovery review and responding to discovery requests, and preparing and conducting witness interviews.

I maintain an active pro bono practice focused on immigration, criminal justice, and other human rights issues.

What do you see on the horizon?

During my clerkship, I gained valuable insights into how courts reach their decisions, and what factors are instrumental in making or breaking a case. I also learned how to cut to the heart of an issue and resolve cases outside of the courtroom. This experience will allow me to counsel clients in alternative, cost-effective resolutions of their disputes.

Federal Court Clerkships

  • Hon. Timothy J. Savage, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 2019-2021

Representative Experience

Sarah joined Nixon Peabody in October 2021. The representative work set forth below may reflect experience from prior firms.

  • Represents clients in disputes arising under wide-ranging statutory schemes, including the False Claims Act and Anti-Terrorism Act
  • Represents plaintiffs and defendants in class actions and direct shareholder actions in Delaware Chancery Court
  • Represents corporations across various industries in commercial disputes in federal and state courts as well as arbitration
  • Represented corporations, investment firms, and banks in complex commercial and bankruptcy litigation matters concerning breach of contract, fraud, and mass torts
  • Represented a large international transportation company in a joint investigation by the New York Attorney General and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey focused on bribery and corruption
  • Represented a major automaker in connection with the successful reorganization of a large manufacturer of defective airbag inflators

Prior Experience

Before joining NP, I worked as a litigator at another firm for two years. During law school, I interned in the Asia-Pacific Section of the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, where I researched and drafted Secretary General Reports and petitions to states regarding their compliance with international human rights law. I also interned for the Hon. Mark A. Kearney in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.


  • “The Holy Trinity of the UN Universal Periodic Review: How to Make an Effective Recommendation Regarding Women’s Rights,” 21 University of Pennsylvania Journal of Law and Social Change 187 (2018)


Sarah L. Tufano



Phone: 585-263-1260

Fax: 833-620-2992

University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D., cum laude

Duke University, B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

New York

U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York

U.S. District Court, Western District of New York

  • Honors in Legal Writing, University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • Distinguished Service Award, University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • Executive Editor, University of Pennsylvania Journal of Law and Social Change
  • Represents families from Afghanistan in humanitarian parole applications
  • Represents family from Nicaragua in asylum proceeding
  • Led multiple hearings in immigration court and won asylum for my client and her family
  • Successfully obtained a cooperation agreement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for my client facing federal criminal charges, resulting in a sentence of time served
  • Represented an incarcerated client seeking clemency from the New York Executive Clemency Bureau
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