“Sara is a brilliant lawyer—and an incredible legal writer. Over the course of my career, I have read hundreds of briefs, written by hundreds of lawyers—and, if I had to pick one lawyer to write on my behalf, it would be Sara. Every time.”

- WSH Co-Counsel

“Sara is a brilliant and thorough lawyer. She is my first call when I need advice on appellate law.”

- WSH Co-Counsel

Partner Sara Janes practices in Texas state court, the Fifth Circuit, and beyond. In addition to her appellate work, a significant part of her practice is working together with her trial-lawyer colleagues on pre-trial, trial, and post-trial matters, including dispositive motions, other significant motions, complex research, and jury charges. She loves writing and relishes the opportunity to present clear and cohesive arguments to courts explaining why her clients should prevail.

She has trial, arbitration and appellate experience in a variety of substantive and procedural subject areas, including labor and employment, Title IX, complex contract disputes, trade secrets, complex family law matters like international child abduction under the Hague Convention, and class and collective actions. The breadth of her practice is both interesting and useful, as she approaches each new case with fresh eyes and a fresh mind.

Sara earned her law degree, with honors, from the University of Texas, and was an editor of the Texas Law Review. After spending the first several years of her legal career in the appellate section of a large international law firm, Sara joined Weisbart Springer Hayes at its inception in 2012.

Outside the Office

Sara is originally from New Mexico and gets back to the mountains as often as she can. She loves being outside, eating new foods, reading, and spending time with her twin daughters.

Representative Cases
  • Defending companies in cases involving allegations of employee discrimination, harassment, retaliation and other claims arising out of the employee–employer relationship.
  • Defending companies in collective actions involving alleged violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
  • Representing clients on all sides of Title IX matters involving sexual misconduct in educational institutions.
  • Representing clients in disputes related to real estate transactions.
  • Representing landowners in disputes with municipalities related to development projects.
  • Representing individuals, alongside family lawyers, in complex marital estate litigation.
  • Representing individuals, alongside family lawyers, in disputes arising under the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.
Honors & Distinctions
  • Texas Super Lawyers, 2016-present, Thomson Reuters Legal
  • Texas Super Lawyers – Rising Stars Listing, 2011-2016, Thomson Reuters Legal
Professional Memberships
  • Federal Bar Association, Austin Chapter, President
  • State Bar of Texas, Member
  • Austin Bar Association, Civil Appellate Section, Member
  • J.D. University of Texas School of Law, with honors
    • Notes Editor, University of Texas Law Review – Volume 84
    • Legal Research Board
  • B.A. University of Texas, Plan II and English, with honors
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