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Date: September 7, 2011
GSB Press Release

SEATTLE, Sept. 7, 2011 – Garvey Schubert Barer announces that Owner Sara Sandford has been appointed Secretary/Operations Officer of the American Bar Association (ABA), Section of International Law. In this role, Sandford will also serve on the Executive Committee of one of the largest ABA sections.

Sandford works with clients from around the world in all stages of establishing, acquiring and operating businesses across borders. She concentrates her practice on representing Japanese companies and individuals, including Kenwood Corporation, UCC Ueshima Coffee Co. Ltd., NTT DoCoMo, and Sojitsu Corporation of America, in their business activities in the U.S. and on advising U.S. clients concerning business activities in Canada and other Pacific Rim countries.

In addition, Sandford assists clients in creating distribution and sales representative arrangements for a wide variety of products – including toys, automotive parts, agricultural products, log homes, software and microchips. She has represented high-technology start-up companies, among others, in obtaining and documenting both bank and venture capital financing.

Actively involved in the ABA, Section of International Law, Sandford has also served as the Diversity Officer, a Council member and on the Administration Committee, among other positions. A Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, she also served as chair of the Japan-America Society of the State of Washington and has served on the organization's board or in an executive capacity for more than 15 years.

Sandford served many years as a leader of Garvey Schubert Barer’s International Group, Business Group, and Executive Committee, and acted as the Seattle office managing director. She earned her J.D. from the Columbia University School of Law (1984) and her B.A. in Japan Regional Studies from the University of Washington (1980).

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