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Sarah J. Moore

Partner, Cleveland
t: 440.740.2132
f: 440.838.8805


Sarah Moore is a partner in the firm’s Cleveland office.  She enjoys a robust practice that crosses industries in the private and public sectors and routinely incorporates the insights and best practices from this diversity in experience into her work.  And, she thrives on handling highly sensitive and challenging issues and regularly works hand-in-hand with her clients addressing the full spectrum of labor and employment concerns. 

Sarah regularly handles labor contract negotiation and administration and has taught Labor Law and Collective Bargaining courses at the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and Cleveland State University’s Nance College of Business Administration.  Although she prefers modified bargaining, her work also includes relying on traditional and interest-based models. She has a solid record of achieving client objectives and fostering positive labor relations.  While she has handled strike preparation and associated litigation, Sarah prides herself in successfully bringing all the contracts she served as the primary negotiator to conclusion without a strike. 

Sarah’s litigation experience includes non-competes, breach of contract, workers’ compensation, discrimination, harassment, constitutional claims, and ERISA fund actions.  She has also handled lawsuits for educational institutions and political subdivisions that involved issues in employment, labor, student discipline, special education, negligence and wrongful death. 

Sarah also regularly advocates for clients before federal and state administrative agencies (e.g. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), U.S. Department of Education (DOE), Ohio Department of Education (ODE), Ohio Civil Rights Commission (OCRC), State Employment Relations Board (SERB), State Personnel Board of Review (SPBR), civil service commissions, Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS), Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC), Industrial Commission (IC), and various other regulating agencies).  In Ohio, she regularly also appears before county boards of revision and the Ohio Board of Tax Appeals (BTA) regarding real estate tax valuation cases.

In the education arena, Sarah represents K-12 public, private and community schools as well as institutions of higher education.  She supports schools, colleges and universities in diffusing emerging legal exposures, handling compliance concerns, and implementing short and long term strategic planning.  Her work for educational institutions includes, but is not limited to, labor and employment, special education, 504 plans, Title IX, technology, social media, facilities, transportation, food service, operations, real estate valuation, and property matters.

Sarah focuses on working closely with her client’s governing boards and key administrators or executives to make sure roles are honored, goals are defined and decision-making is informed.  She regularly provides customized trainings and writes on emerging topics in labor and employment.  In 2016, Sarah received a Burton Award for Distinguished Legal Writing.

Honors & Leadership

Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Geauga County Bar Association
  • National LGBT Bar Association
  • Norman S. Minor Bar Association

Community Activities

  • Russell Township, Board of Zoning Appeals (2014-2019)



Seminars & Speaking Engagements

  • "When, not If: Violence in the Workplace" - Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
    April 2018
  • NLRB Update: Can't Help but Wonder Where We're Bound - Protected Concerted Activities: Civility and Professional Conduct Work Rules - Ohio State Bar Association
    December 2017
  • "Contracts, Contracts, Contracts" - National Association of College and University Attorneys
    June 2016
  • "Public and Private Construction Contracts: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly" - National Association of College and University Attorneys
    June 2016
  • "Mock Mediation of Employment Case" – CMBA Annual Northern Ohio Labor & Employment Conference
    April 2016
  • "Are You Prepared for a Workplace Shooting? Practical Guidance for Employers" – Ohio Automobile Dealers Association
    April 2016
  • “Managing Workplace Preparedness Issues in the Wake of Mass Shooting Phenomena” – Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
    February 2016
  • Issue 3 – Legalization of Marijuana in the State of Ohio - Cleveland Rotary Club
    October 2015
  • Human Resource Law from Start to Finish (Affordable Care Act) – NBI
    October 15
  • Smoking Out the Emerging Landscape of Marijuana in our State – Strongsville Rotary Club
    August 2015
  • Registering & Placing of Immigrant Students – The Ohio School Boards Association
    August 2015
  • Accreditation Reform – National Association of College and University Attorneys
    June 2015
  • Gender Pay Gap Presentation – United Way of Lake County Women’s Leadership Council
    February 2015
  • School Resource Officers: Essential Legal Considerations – National Business Institute
    February 2015
  • “I Have a Secret” – Anti-bullying community forums – co-panelist at request of Diversity Initiatives in conjunction with local judicial and law enforcement representative


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