Barclay Damon
Barclay Damon

Sarah 
     O'Brien

Sarah O'Brien

Associate

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Buffalo Office

The Avant Building
200 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, New York 14202

Sarah primarily concentrates her practice on state and federal commercial litigation matters involving a variety of business disputes, including breach of contract, Uniform Commercial Code, and construction and surety matters. She routinely represents construction companies, including general contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers, in contract disputes and other lien matters. Sarah also represents skilled nursing facilities in breach-of-contract and collection matters and handles commercial and residential eviction matters.

Representative Experience

  • Successfully obtained relief for an architectural client on a performance bond after its subcontractor defaulted in performance and the surety disclaimed liability based on the failure to comply with the express written terms of the bond.
  • Acted as second chair trial counsel to a general contractor in a complex construction action.
  • Successfully defended a motion for summary judgment on behalf of a material supplier for a complex construction project. Obtained a favorable decision on cross-motion for summary judgment against the surety defendant.
  • Obtained a successful decision on summary judgment for a skilled-nursing facility in major breach-of-contract action.
  • Provided pro bono counsel to an inmate-plaintiff in a civil-rights matter.

Practice Areas

Education

  • University at Buffalo School of Law, J.D., 2016
  • Hobart and William Smith Colleges, B.A., cum laude, 2013

Admitted To Practice

  • New York, 2017
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of New York

Memberships & Affiliations

  • New York State Bar Association
  • Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York
  • Barclay Damon’s Women’s Forum
  • Women Lawyers of Western New York, Board Member

Civic Activities

  • SABAH, Junior Board Member

Honors

  • New York State Bar Association, Empire State Counsel Honoree, 2018

Prior Experience

  • Barclay Damon, LLP, Summer Associate
  • New Era Cap Co., Inc., Law Clerk
  • Erie County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project, Inc., Extern
  • NYS Appellate Court to Judge Eugene Fahey, Student Law Clerk