Sara Sandford has extensive experience working with clients from around the world in all stages of establishing, acquiring and operating businesses across borders, particularly from Japan, Canada and other Pacific Rim countries
Garvey Schubert Barer announced today that Sara P. Sandford has been elected as the Chair-Elect of the American Bar Association Section of International Law for a one-year term. As Chair-Elect, Ms. Sandford will assist the Chair in the performance of the Chair’s responsibilities in such manner and to such extent as the Chair may request. The Chair-Elect presides at meetings of the Section membership, Executive Committee, Administration Committee, and the Council in the absence of the Chair. The Chair-Elect is responsible for advance planning for the events and activities to occur during the Chair-Elect’s year as Chair.
“I look forward to continuing my work with this impressive organization,” said Ms. Sandford. “Contributing to the work of the ABA’s Section of International Law continues to be an incredibly rewarding experience, and provides opportunities to collaborate with dedicated colleagues around the globe that are working to promote the development and practice of international law. It has also provided an invaluable understanding of the issues many of my clients face everyday.”
In her law practice at Garvey Schubert Barer, Ms. Sandford has had extensive experience working with clients in all stages of establishing, acquiring and operating businesses across borders. Her practice focuses on representing Japanese, Canadian and Chinese companies and individuals in their business activities in the U.S, and on advising U.S. clients concerning business activities in Japan, Canada, China and other Pacific Rim countries. Within the U.S. - Japan context, for example, Ms. Sandford has worked with clients in the formation, implementation and dissolution stages of joint ventures in industries ranging from livestock-exporting to sports equipment to internet entertainment.
Prior to being named as Chair-Elect of the ABA/Section of International Law, Ms. Sandford has held other Section posts, including Vice Chair and Finance Officer, which have given her a strong understanding for the internal, practical functioning of the organization.
Founded in 1933, the American Bar Association Section of International Law is a leader in the development of policy in the international arena, the promotion of the rule of law and the education of international law practitioners. It is the only ABA entity that focuses on the full range of international legal issues and is involved in a wide variety of substantive legal activities. To address its mission “to advance the rule of law in the world,” the Section has assigned over 60+ regional and special interest committees, task forces and working groups within twelve divisions to closely monitor and disseminate information on domestic and international policy developments that impact the practice of law on a global scale.
The Section's current membership of over 20,000 spans over 90 countries.
In addition to her experience with the ABA/Section of International Law, Ms. Sandford serves as a leader of Garvey Schubert Barer's International and Business Groups, and has served as the firm's Seattle office managing director. Ms. Sandford was the chair of the Japan-America Society of the State of Washington in 2002-2003 and has served either on the organization's board or in an executive capacity for over twenty years. Ms. Sandford worked with the Japanese law firm of Matsuo & Kosugi in 1982 and again from 1986 to 1988. Ms. Sandford speaks, reads and writes Japanese, which gives her the unique ability to analyze and explain complex American and Japanese legal issues in both Japanese and English. She received her law degree from Columbia University and her undergraduate degree in Japan Regional Studies from the University of Washington. She is a frequent guest lecturer and has published extensively in peer-review legal publications and as well as in top-tier business magazines.