Sara P. Madavo


Sara Madavo focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation and has represented large companies, small businesses, and individual clients across a wide range of industries through all phases of litigation. Sara is a member of the firm’s Business Litigation & Dispute Resolution Practice; Labor & Employment Practice; the Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) Team; and Health Care Sector, and she is co-chair of the firm’s Black Attorneys Affinity Group and a member of the Recruiting Committee.

Representative Experience

  • Obtained trial victory for a Fortune 200 company in contract arbitration against former distributor.
  • Obtained a jury trial victory in a professional negligence and breach of contract action in New York State Supreme Court, Westchester County.
  • Represented companies in disputes with former employees, including CEOs and other executives.
  • Represented employers before the State of New York Unemployment Insurance Appeal Board.
  • Successfully negotiated favorable settlements of a broad range of claims against a global provider of risk management and insurance brokerage.
  • Represented large national health insurance companies in lawsuits brought by out-of-network medical providers alleging ERISA violations.

Awards and Recognition

  • Selected for inclusion in the New York Super Lawyers – Rising Stars® list (2014–2021)

Community Involvement

  • Sara devotes a considerable amount of time to various pro bono efforts. She has represented several individuals in affirmative asylum applications and also serves on the board of Pharos Academy Charter School.
  • From 2004–2007, Sara was a teacher in Atlanta Public Schools through Teach for America.
29 January 2024 Honors and Awards

Three Foley Attorneys Selected for 2024 LCLD Fellows and Pathfinder Programs

Foley & Lardner LLP is pleased to announce that partner Sara Madavo has been selected as a 2024 Fellow of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity. Additionally, associates Rossetti Farrell and Tiffany Sung were selected for the 2024 LCLD Pathfinder Program.
08 January 2024 Labor & Employment Law Perspectives

Amendments to New York’s NDA Law

New York governor Kathleen Hochul recently signed into law S4516, which amended General Obligations Law Section 5-336.
29 August 2023 Events

How the Supreme Court's Affirmative Action in Education Decision Will Affect Employers' DEI Efforts

The Supreme Court's decision in Students for Fair Admissions, Inc. v. President and Fellows of Harvard College found that affirmative action violates the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th amendment as well as Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as applied to college admissions.
30 September 2021 Honors and Awards

Foley Attorneys Named to 2021 New York Metro Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Lists

Foley & Lardner LLP is pleased to announce that six of its attorneys have been named to the 2021 New York Metro Super Lawyers list – a distinction limited to just 5 percent of the area’s lawyers.
23 February 2021 The Path & The Practice

Podcast Episode 36: Sara Madavo, Partner

This episode of The Path & The Practice features a conversation with Sara Madavo. Sara is a litigation partner in Foley’s New York office. Sara reflects on growing-up in Potomac, Maryland, attending Emory University and Harvard Law School.
01 February 2021 Press Releases

Foley Announces Election of 19 New Partners

Foley & Lardner LLP has elected 19 lawyers to the firm’s partnership, effective February 1, 2021.