Sarah E. Peterson


Sarah Peterson handles complex commercial litigation. She represents business clients in a wide range of disputes, including land use, securities, contract, and tort matters. Sarah practices in both state and federal court, and has significant appellate experience, including as counsel to amici in appellate proceedings.

Sarah also maintains an active pro bono practice. She currently represents a former pretrial detainee in an excessive force case, and a foreign national seeking cancellation of removal from the United States. Both cases are pending before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Prior to joining Coblentz, Sarah was an associate at a boutique environmental and energy firm in San Francisco, where she handled litigation and regulatory matters. She previously clerked for the Honorable A. Wallace Tashima on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (2016-2017) and for the Honorable Maxine M. Chesney on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California (2015-2016).

Sarah earned her J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 2015. While in law school, she interned at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C.  She earned her B.A. with high honors in politics and environmental science from the University of Virginia.