Sarah Hartley is a partner in the Denver office practicing in the Commercial Litigation and Antitrust groups. She is the head of the firm’s Outdoor Industry team and a member of the Sports and Entertainment Group.
Sarah has worked with sports clients in the Olympic movement, professional sports, and collegiate sports, and is regularly consulted on Safe Sport matters, governance, and ethical issues. Her practice includes representing NGBs in connection with investigations and disciplinary proceedings involving allegations of sexual misconduct and physical abuse, governance issues, sponsorships, and employment agreements. She has handled numerous contentious disputes regarding allegations of sexual misconduct by coaches, athletic personnel, and others, and has assisted in the development of Safe Sport policies and arbitration procedures for the new U.S. Center for Safe Sport.
She has significant experience in complex commercial litigation and antitrust disputes, representing local, national and multinational companies in all stages of their dispute resolution process. She has represented clients in disputes related to oil and gas development, financial products, first amendment, intellectual property, government procurement, trade secrets, and contract matters. Sarah has developed expertise with clients’ most complex disputes in the oil and gas industry, the insurance and financial services industries, and the telecommunications industry, among others. She has taken lead roles in a broad range of litigation matters, including second-chaired multiple arbitrations, state and federal court trials, and jury trials.
In addition to her experience in private practice, Sarah serves as adjunct professor for a course focusing on governance, sexual misconduct, doping, and other sports topics for the University of Colorado Law School. Previously, she worked with a non-profit environmental law firm, gaining experience with diverse aspects of public interest environmental advocacy, including litigation under the Clean Air Act, Endangered Species Act, FLPMA and NEPA, with a specific focus on climate change issues.
"Defining Female Athletes: IAAF Gets It Wrong Again," Law360, June 4, 2018
"Defining 'Sport' In The Age Of Competitive Video Gaming," Law360, November 20, 2017