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Sara represents employers with regard to a wide variety of workplace issues, including discrimination and harassment, wage and hour claims, employee misclassification issues, employment policies, leave issues, workplace investigations, defense of post-employment claims, and in home caregiver agreements. Her 30+ years of experience in areas of law ranging from civil litigation to estate planning complements her expertise in employment law, and provides a unique perspective to problem solving for her clients. Sara is proactive and responsive when assisting managers and employers in complying with complex employment laws, preventing and solving day-to-day workplace problems, and developing a productive, profitable work force. Sara presents interactive and current educational seminars on employment related topics for clients and the general public, including the California statutorily required harassment prevention training seminars for employees. Sara has also been a featured speaker at the HFTP Club & Hotel Controllers Conference, and she frequently speaks to local community groups on employment law topics. Sara also conducts workplace investigations for a wide range of clients and is an  Association of Workplace Investigators Certificate Holder (AWI-CH).  With contributions from her colleagues, Sara writes a bi-weekly article for the Monterey Herald addressing workplace law issues, and she is also responsible for the content in the Fenton & Keller newsletter.  A member of the firm since 2000, Sara is involved in community activities primarily related to education and youth. In early 2019, the Salinas Valley Chamber of Commerce named Sara Businesswoman of the year.

Principal Areas of Practice

Employment, wage and hour law, employee handbooks and policies, employment agreements, workplace investigations, privacy issues, benefits issues, prevention and defense of employment related claims.


  • University of Utah, B.S., 1980
  • Monterey College of Law, J.D., 1987

Professional Qualifications and Activities

  • Admitted to the California Bar in 1988
  • Admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Northern District of California and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • Professor, Monterey College of Law, Legal Writing and Analysis, 2000-2003
  • Association of Workplace Investigators Certificate Holder


  • Association of Workplace Investigators
  • Labor and Employment Law Section, California State Bar
  • Central Coast Human Resource Association
  • Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
  • Monterey County Bar Association
  • Girls, Inc., of the Central Coast (Fund Development)
  • Monterey County Women Lawyers Association
  • Leadership Monterey Peninsula (Class of 1986)

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