Alston & Bird
Sarah handles capital markets and business transactions for companies and investors, and advises on corporate governance matters, with an emphasis in the health care sector. She safeguards the value of her clients’ deals by proactively analyzing risks and offering working solutions. Her clients benefit from her effective representation and common sense approach.
Sarah Ernst served as the president of OnBoard, an organization that works to increase the number of women in executive leadership and on corporate boards, from 2015 to 2017. During her tenure, Georgia hit the 60% mark of companies with at least one woman on their board, an increase of 33% over 24 years.
Sarah has been a strong advocate for women’s advancement at Alston & Bird. She served as the Atlanta leader of the A&B Women’s Initiative for the past eight years and now serves as co-chair of the firm-wide Women’s Initiative. She also serves as the diversity partner in the Health Care practice group.
Sarah received her J.D. from the University of Oklahoma College of Law, where she was managing editor of the Oklahoma Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif. Sarah received her B.S.F.S., cum laude, from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. She also attended the U.S. Naval Academy from 1997 until 1999.
Sarah has been named one of Law360’s “Rising Stars,” selected by the Atlanta Business Chronicle to its list of “40 Under 40” business leaders, recognized by the Daily Report as one of 25 “On the Rise” attorneys, and named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers.