- Claremont McKenna College (B.A., Government & Literature, cum laude
- 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
- 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 natural resources, project development, and product regulation, she has assisted clients from multiple industries involving a wide variety of environmental laws.
Sara’s litigation experience includes:
- 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.
Examples of her regulatory compliance and project development work include:
- 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.
- Product regulatory counseling, including advising clients in the electronics and pharmaceutical sectors on evolving state product take-back and recycling requirements.
Sara also serves as a member of Beveridge & Diamond’s Pro Bono Committee. 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.