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Sara Chelette

Effective. Efficient. And experienced. Sara is a creative problem solver who works closely with her clients to obtain the best possible results. She will sort through voluminous document productions to find the documents that are key to the case and will continue to refine a complicated fact pattern or legal issue until it is straight-forward and easy to understand.

She represents both plaintiffs and defendants in a wide variety of commercial litigation disputes. Sara has represented clients in breach of contract cases arising out of vendor relationships, including relationships in the oil and gas services industry, asset purchase agreements, professional services fee contracts, loans and guaranty agreements, and partnership and limited liability company agreements. She has also represented both plaintiffs and defendants in cases involving allegations of breaches of fiduciary duty, misappropriation of trade secrets, fraud, negligent misrepresentation, and negligence. Sara has served as counsel for shareholders in derivative litigation.

This year, Sara was lead counsel for a premium finance company who was sued for $66 million for allegedly wrongfully cancelling its borrower’s financed insurance policy. At the close of the plaintiffs’ case, the Court granted the defense’s motion for a take nothing defense judgment.

Sara earned her J.D., magna cum laude, from Baylor Law School. She has been recognized as a “Texas Rising Star” by Thomson Reuters from 2013-2020, and "Texas Super Lawyer" from 2020-2023. Sara was selected as one of the "Best Lawyers in America" in Commercial Litigation by U.S. News & World Report from 2020-2024.

A Dallas Bar Foundation Fellow and a Barrister for the William “Mac” Taylor Inn of Court, Sara was also in the Dallas Bar Association’s inaugural class of WE LEAD: Women Empowered to Lead in the Legal Profession. Before joining Lynn Pinker Hurst & Schwegmann, she was a partner at a top AmLaw firm.

  • Baylor Law School, J.D., magna cum laude
  • Texas A&M University, Renewable Natural Resources, B.S., magna cum laude
  • Obtained a take nothing defense judgment in favor of premium finance company being sued for $66 million in damages for allegedly wrongfully cancelling its borrower’s financed insurance policy.
  • Arbitration award in favor of law firm’s former partners in fee dispute relating to contingent fee income.
  • Obtained favorable settlement sufficient to satisfy judgment in post-judgment collections action arising out of contentious divorce proceeding.
  • Secure successful settlement for investor in oil and gas venture.
  • Represented a general partner in a breach of fiduciary duty lawsuit brought by limited partners, obtaining a defense verdict after jury trial
  • Represented the owner/developer in a lawsuit alleging spot zoning, obtaining summary judgment in client’s favor allowing project to proceed.
  • Represented a broker in a fee dispute with a potential client, obtaining summary judgment on client’s behalf.
  • Represented seller in an International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) arbitration, obtaining an award in seller’s favor.
  • Represented employer in action against former employee alleging misuse of confidential information, obtaining injunctive relief and a favorable settlement.
  • Represented owner/developer in zoning dispute, successfully defending against a temporary injunction seeking to halt construction on project.
  • Represented property owner in nuisance dispute, obtaining injunctive relief and a favorable settlement.
  • Represented subcontractor on multi-site project against construction defect claims, obtaining a favorable settlement.
  • Represented service provider in breach of contract lawsuit, obtaining a favorable settlement.
  • Represented limited partners in general partner removal action, obtaining a favorable settlement.
  • Recognized as one of the “Texas Super Lawyers,” by Super Lawyers, 2020-2023 (Women’s Edition)
  • Recognized as a "Rising Star," by Texas Super Lawyers, 2013-2020
  • Recognized as one of the “Best Lawyers in America” in Commercial Litigation by U.S. News & World Report, 2020-2024
  • Dallas Bar Foundation-Fellow
  • William “Mac” Taylor Inn of Court-Barrister
  • Dallas Bar Association’s inaugural class of WE LEAD: Women Empowered to Lead in the Legal Profession
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals
  • Leadership Dallas Alumni Association-Advisory Council
  • Leadership Dallas-Class of 2013
  • Mayor’s Star Council, 2014-2015
  • William “Mac” Taylor Inn of Court-Mentor
  • Human Rights Initiative of Texas-volunteer attorney
  • Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program-volunteer attorney
  • “How to Tell Your Story at Trial” co-author with John Adams for Dallas Bar Association Headnotes, February 2021
  • “Why is the Economic Loss Rule Important in Business Litigation?” Dallas Bar Association, Litigation Section, October 2020
  • “Mr. Zuckerberg Goes to Washington: Facebook Founder Faces Congress” IAPP, May 2018
  • “Healthcare Cybersecurity Roundtable” KPMG, January 2016
  • “CIO Security Lunch & Learn” International Cyber Fraud Cyber Hunt Operations, November 2015
  • “Best Practices for Preventing Cybersecurity Breaches” Austin Compliance Roundtable, February 2016
  • Texas
  • United States District Court for the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas