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Ms. Godfrey is a Senior Counsel in the Firm’s Health Law Practice Group. She concentrates her practice on defending doctors, hospitals and other health care providers in malpractice, privacy, licensing and credentialing matters.

Sarah has over ten years of trial and oral argument experience in state and federal courts throughout Virginia and the District of Columbia. She has represented a variety of professionals, including doctors, lawyers and financial advisors. Sarah’s experience makes her uniquely attuned to the concerns of licensed professionals faced with the threat of litigation. She aims for and achieves positive results for her clients with minimal disruption to their daily lives. 

Sarah’s support for the health care community extends beyond the courtroom. She contributes regularly to “Feed the Fight,” a local organization that partners with Washington D.C. restaurants to deliver meals to medical staff on the front lines of COVID-19. Feed the Fight has funded meal deliveries to providers at Medstar Georgetown University, Children’s National, Sibley Memorial and other area hospitals. 

Sarah received her undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary and her J.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Law. She is an active member of the bars of the District of Columbia, Virginia and New York. 

  • November 2022
    Lack of Standing: Failure to disclose dooms med-mal claim
    Attorneys Crystal Deese and Sarah Godfrey recently secured a case law setting win on behalf of Northern Virginia Eye Surgery Center in the Circuit Court of Fairfax County when a shocking eve-of-trial discovery resulted in the suspension and ultimate dismissal of the entire case before opening arguments could even be heard. When defense counsel uncovered a bankruptcy petition, filed by the ... Read More
  • June 2022
    Undisclosed Bankruptcy can be fatal to Plaintiff’s Medical Malpractice case
    On June 6, 2022, Crystal Deese and Sarah Godfrey appeared in the Circuit Court for Fairfax County, Virginia, for Day 1 of what was supposed to be a 5-day jury trial.  Plaintiff had filed a suit against our client, a medical practice, claiming $2.3 million in past and future damages after a routine cataract surgery allegedly rendered her ... Read More
  • July 2021
    Health Law Practice Group Update: Attorneys secure dismissal of a conversion case styled as patent infringement
    Attorneys Crystal Deese and Sarah Godfrey recently secured dismissal a conversion case styled as patent infringement in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. The plaintiff, a biomedical research tech, sued the head of his former research laboratory for allegedly “stealing” his intellectual property. Plaintiff claimed the theft occurred when the lab director permitted one of plaintiff’s colleagues to ... Read More
  • July 2021
    Health Law Practice Group Update: Summary Judgment in Premises Liability Case
    The Health Law Practice Group obtained summary judgment in a premises liability case. Plaintiff claimed she slipped and fell on liquid an employee allegedly deposited and left on a hospital floor. She claimed a permanent wrist injury following a surgical procedure negatively impacted nearly all activities of daily living. Judge Shana Frost Matini in the Superior Court of the District ... Read More