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Sarah Tufano is an associate and a member of the Complex Commercial Disputes practice group. Sarah is admitted to practice in New York.
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; preparing and conducting witness interviews; and advocating in court through oral arguments and cross-examining witnesses.
I am an adjunct professor at St. John Fisher University, where I teach undergraduate and MBA courses focused on commercial law topics. Additionally, I serve as the membership chair on the board of the Monroe County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section.
I also maintain an active pro bono practice focused on immigration, criminal justice, civil rights, and other human rights issues.
Before joining NP, I clerked for the Hon. Timothy J. Savage in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. I also worked as a litigator at another firm. 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. Additionally, I served as an executive editor of the Journal of Law and Social Change, as well as a member of my law school’s Moot Court Board and International Arbitration Moot Court Team.
Sarah joined Nixon Peabody in October 2021. The representative work set forth below may reflect experience from prior firms.
With the rising costs of litigation, it is increasingly important to focus on the heart of an issue and resolve cases outside of the courtroom, enabling clients to achieve cost-effective dispute resolutions.
Complex Disputes counsel Eric Ferrante and associate Sarah Tufano, both from the Rochester office, are mentioned in this article for representing the town of Irondequoit in its lawsuit against I-Square, LLC. The lawsuit alleges that the developer ignored local and state fire codes when building an adjacent housing community and also failed to comply with an approved site plan for their commercial endeavor.
This article mentions NP for representing the Eastman Kodak Company, which secured the dismissal of a securities lawsuit brought by investors complaining of options granted to executives just before announcement of Kodak’s potential participation in a government program to fund expansion to produce pharmaceutical products in the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic. Rochester Complex Disputes partner Carolyn Nussbaum and Privacy & Technology partner Rick McGuirk served as counsel for the company. Rochester Labor & Employment partner Steve Jones is client attorney for Kodak. The NP team also included Rochester Complex Disputes associate Sarah Tufano, senior paralegal Amy Demanchick, and practice assistants Kathy Elhelw and Darbie James.
U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
U.S. District Court, Western District of New York
Duke University, B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D., cum laude
Sarah is a trustee of the Young Women's College Preparatory Charter School's (YWCP's) Board of Trustees, serves as the membership chair on the board of the Monroe County Bar Association's Young Lawyers Section, and is a member of the American Bar Association. Sarah is also a Guest Lecturer for a commercial law course at St. John Fisher University School of Business.
Within Nixon Peabody, Sarah is a representative of the Rochester Associates Council, organizes the Upstate Women's Resource Group Book Club, and serves as a mentor for summer associates and new associates.
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