- University of Colorado (B.A. English Literature, 2000)
- University of Maryland (J.D., 2005; cum laude; Maryland Law Review, 2003-2005; Roscoe Hogan Environmental Law Essay Contest winner; Maryland Environmental Law Society)
Bar Admissions & Memberships
- District of Columbia
- Maryland State Bar Association, Environmental & Energy Law Section, Chair (2016-present), Section Council (2012-present), Member (2006-present)
- District of Columbia Bar Association, Member (2007-present)
- American Bar Association, Section of Environment, Energy, & Resources, In-House Counsel Committee Newsletter Chair (2015-2016), Membership Chair (2014-2015), Committee Member (2013-present)
- National Association of Women Lawyers, Litigation Affinity Group, Co-Chair (2014-2016)
Sarah Albert dedicates her practice to complex environmental litigation and defends corporate and municipal clients in federal and state courts and administrative bodies. She helps clients nationwide navigate litigation arising under the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), and related state statutory and common law claims. She applies substantive knowledge of environmental laws to craft sound and successful litigation strategies. Ms. Albert leads key aspects of discovery and defense and works closely with technical experts. She excels at successfully resolving claims through pre-trial motions practice. She also has experience representing clients in litigation matters relating to bankruptcy, mass torts, and white collar crime.
Recent examples of Ms. Albert’s litigation experience include:
- Representing a coke plant in a lawsuit alleging Clean Air Act and RCRA violations and state common law tort claims, and defending an administrative action challenging the plant permit.
- Defending a major metropolitan water reclamation district in a government enforcement action resulting in the entry of a Clean Water Act consent decree over the objections of environmental groups.
- Obtaining defense victories for an energy company at both trial and appellate levels in a case alleging state common law tort claims relating to sub-surface migration of contaminants through groundwater.
- Successfully representing a chemical company against CERCLA claims involving groundwater and soil contamination asserted by a subsequent property owner.
- Representing a petroleum refining company in a government enforcement suit that alleged historic groundwater contamination.
- Defending a manufacturing company in a multi-facility criminal investigation involving allegations of Clean Water Act pretreatment violations, illegal dumping of hazardous waste, improper waste disposal, and failure to report releases.
In addition to her litigation practice, Ms. Albert counsels clients on a variety of regulatory issues, including compliance, environmental auditing, permitting, and federal and state environmental programs, as well as on the environmental aspects of corporate transactions.
Prior to joining Beveridge & Diamond, Ms. Albert clerked for the Honorable James P. Salmon of the Maryland Court of Special Appeals, at the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, at the Environmental Enforcement Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, and at the Army Corps of Engineers.