Alan Lescht Logo

Hello, you are using an old browser that's unsafe and no longer supported. Please consider updating your browser to a newer version, or downloading a modern browser.

Sara McDonough smiling Team Headshot with hand on hip

Sara McDonough

Recognized by Super Lawyers as a Top Rated Employment Litigation Attorney in Washington, DC
Email Icon Email Me
Our Team
About Sara
Credentials Credentials Arrow
Bar Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

U.S. Court of Federal Claims

District of Columbia Court of Appeals

Supreme Court of Virginia


University of Richmond Law School, Richmond, Virginia – J.D.

College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia – B.B.A., B.A.

Clients describe Sara McDonough as “extremely helpful and responsive” and an “excellent and succinct writer.”

Sara is known for her compelling written arguments and collected demeanor.  She is calm under pressure and won’t be intimidated by the bullying tactics of her opponents.  Above all, she is fiercely loyal to her clients and committed to protecting their interests.  Sara believes that a strong client-attorney relationship is based on trust and honesty.  Her goal is to provide candid and objective legal advice so that her clients can make informed decisions.

Sara represents federal government clients in disciplinary proceedings and in cases before administrative agencies such as the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB).  She is equally at home representing clients in state and federal court litigation.  She has obtained favorable settlements and outcomes in matters involving a wide variety of employment issues, including discrimination, sexual harassment, reprisal, whistleblowing, due process, and wage and hour violations.  Sara has represented clients in several notable cases, including one that resulted in a substantial jury verdict.  The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit affirmed the judgment and $555,000 award in favor of our client.

As a student at the University of Richmond Law School, Sara’s studies focused on employment law and employment discrimination law.  She had an externship at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and interned with the Disability Law Center of Virginia (formerly Virginia Office for Protection and Advocacy), an organization that advocates and provides legal services for persons with disabilities.

Prior to law school, Sara worked as a consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton.  She helped develop and implement communications strategies and products for several large federal government clients, including the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and TRICARE, a U.S. Department of Defense Military Health System program.

Published Works

“INSIGHT: LGBT Rights in the Federal Workplace – Mixed Messages on Discrimination,” Bloomberg Law (March 5, 2019). 

“The Pregnancy Discrimination Act and Requests for Light Duty, Leave, and Related Accommodations,” The American Bar Association (August 31, 2017).

Quote Mark
Alan Lescht & Associates represented me regarding a security clearance. Sara McDonough handled my case and was extremely helpful and responsive throughout a lengthy process. She went above and beyond.
Michael D.     
Washington DC Vietnam wall with names and American Flag with Washington Monument in background
White building with American flag
Quote Mark
Alan Lescht and firm partner Sara McDonough made such a great case rebutting a discrimination claim that my settlement was beyond any expectations.
Quote Mark
During a very stressful time when my security clearance was on the line, Alan Lescht and Associates came through for my family. Attorney Sara McDonough provided the perfect combination of expert legal representation and genuine personal concern. Ultimately, she submitted a concise legal repsonse that supported my case and saved my career. I could never thank her enough. If you are a Federal employee and your job is at risk, put yourself at ease by calling Alan Lescht and Associates today.
Lucas M.