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Sara McDonough

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Recognized by Super Lawyers as a Top Rated Employment Litigation Attorney in Washington, DC
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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

Education

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).

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Alan offered valuable guidance and resolved the matter in the best way possible. He and his team are professional, knowledgeable and extremely thorough. I highly recommend them.
Ryan W.      
Client
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Alan Lescht and firm partner Sara McDonough made such a great case rebutting a discrimination claim that my settlement was beyond any expectations.
Anonymous     
Client
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My experience with Alan Lescht & Associates was wonderful. The team was extremely attentive to detail and they explained each step through the process. The knowledge and skills of Alan and his associates, especially Sara S. and Sara M., were beyond exceptional. Without reservation, I highly recommend this employment firm.
Valerie E.     
Client

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