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Sara McDonough

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

U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland


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

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

Clients have commended that shareholder Sara Nunley McDonough’s work resulted in a result that was “beyond any expectations.”

Sara represents private and public-sector workers in state and federal court proceedings and before administrative agencies. She has obtained favorable settlements and outcomes for her clients in matters involving a wide variety of employment issues, including discrimination, reprisal, whistle blowing, due process, wrongful termination in violation of public policy, and wage and hour violations.

Sara has led or contributed to several notable cases, including winning $555,000 in back pay and damages for the former Chief Operating Officer of the DC Department of Health Care Finance following a four-day jury trial. Client Jennifer B. Campbell told reporters following the win that “I feel as though I finally have been able to voice the truth and be heard.”

During law school, Sara’s studies and work experience focused on the fields of employment law and employment discrimination law. Sara completed an externship at the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) field office in Richmond, VA. She worked closely with EEOC attorneys and investigators on cases involving employment discrimination on the basis of religion, sexual harassment, race, color, and retaliation. Additionally, she 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 strategic communications consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton in McLean, VA. She supported contracts with several large federal government clients, primarily the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and TRICARE, a U.S. Department of Defense Military Health System program. During her engagement at the IRS, Sara helped develop and implement a comprehensive communications strategy and outreach campaign for the Office of Cybersecurity. While supporting TRICARE, she authored and edited more than 100 health care publications distributed to more than 9 million health care beneficiaries and providers around the world.

Published Works & Media Appearances

“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.      
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Alan Lescht and firm partner Sarah McDonough made such a great case rebutting a discrimination claim that my settlement was beyond any expectations.
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I came to the firm as a victim of gender discrimination. Alan Lescht, and all the firm’s attorneys, listened to my story and treated me with respect and dignity throughout the legal process. The firm was able to negotiate a substantial settlement on my behalf, thanks to their excellent knowledge of the law and the facts of my case. They made a stressful process as easy as possible for me. I recommend Alan Lescht and Associates as the “go to” firm for anyone who has suffered from discrimination in the workplace.
Valerie E.