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Sara Vink Mogharabi

Associate


1350 I Street, N.W.
Suite 700
Washington, DC 20005-3311
Washington

Practices
Practices
Education
Education
  • Claremont McKenna College (B.A., Government & Literature, cum laude, 2006)
  • The George Washington University's Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration (M.P.P., 2012)
  • The George Washington University Law School (J.D., 2012)
Bar Admissions & Memberships
Bar Admissions & Memberships
  • Colorado
  • District of Columbia
  • American Road & Transportation Builders Association Foundation, 2014 Young Executive Development Program

Sara Vink Mogharabi maintains a diverse environmental practice focused on successful outcomes in litigation and regulatory compliance. While her work centers on matters involving product regulation, natural resources, and project development, she has assisted clients from multiple industries involving a wide variety of environmental laws.

Sara’s regulatory compliance and project development work include:

  • Product regulatory counseling, with an emphasis on advising electronics-sector clients on state regulatory regimes that impact their products, including evolving state take-back electronics and battery take-back laws and recycling requirements.
  • Endangered Species Act counseling, such as helping develop unique protocols for oil and gas companies to advance projects without first obtaining incidental take permits and working with industry members to develop one of the first ever general conservation plans to authorize incidental take of listed species.
  • Clean Water Act and Safe Drinking Water Act counseling, such as advising clients on the jurisdictional scope of federal regulation and specific permit requirements, negotiating wetland conservation easement terms with federal and state regulators on behalf of a landowner, and drafting a position paper for a client trade association on why certain wastewater byproducts are not “sewage sludge” under existing biosolids regulations.
  • National Environmental Policy Act counseling, including advising clients with infrastructure and transportation interests on the required environmental and other reviews for their projects and keeping clients informed about new and proposed legislation related to environmental reviews.

Examples of Sara’s litigation work include:

  • Securing a cancellation of removal order in immigration court for a pro bono client, a legal permanent resident, who faced deportation due to a possession of marijuana misdemeanor conviction.
  • Working on a litigation team that successfully defended a client in a jury trial in federal court on liability and cost allocation for PCB contamination of a waterway.
  • Achieving a favorable settlement for a pro bono client that sued an employer in federal court for violating the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • Experience with document review techniques and software, expert witness selection and management; preparing expert and fact witnesses for depositions and trial testimony; preparing for and taking fact depositions; building and organizing case facts and strategy; synthesizing highly technical and scientific material for a lay audience or jury; and coordination among a joint defense group of differing parties and interests.

Sara also serves as Deputy Co-Chair of the Beveridge & Diamond Women’s Initiative and Deputy Co-Chair of the firm’s Environmental Practice Group. She is an active participant in the National Association of Women Lawyers and currently serves as the national Co-Chair of NAWL’s Energy and Environmental Law Affinity Group. In the past, she has taught legal writing as an adjunct professor in the Scholarly Writing Program at the George Washington University Law School.

Sara attended the George Washington University Law School and also earned a master’s degree in public policy from the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration.  During law school, Sara was a Managing Editor of The George Washington University Law School’s Journal of Energy and Environmental Law and twice represented her school at the National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition. Before joining Beveridge & Diamond, Sara worked as a legal intern at the Special Litigation and Projects Division of the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Climate and Air Program at Environmental Defense Fund, and the Appellate Section of the Environmental and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.

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