Sara Wilder Clark

Sara represents individuals, business entities, professionals, and governmental entities in a wide variety of complex commercial litigation, with an emphasis on commercial litigation, governmental representation, professional malpractice defense, and litigation related to real estate development. Sara speaks Spanish and has represented many Spanish-only speaking clients.

Recognitions & Awards

Order of the Coif

Representative Matters

Commercial Litigation

Obtained dismissal of premises liability claims against a national hotel chain in a suit alleging that the hotel’s conduct contributed to arrest in the hotel parking lot.

Obtained dismissal of suit against landowners alleging trespass, nuisance, and violations of the Texas Water Code. Successfully defended that victory on appeal to the Austin Court of Appeals and the Texas Supreme Court.

Represented plaintiff owner of small software company in a contractual dispute over earn-out provisions in sales contract with one of the largest software companies in the world. Successfully tried case to a jury that sent out a note asking if they could award even more damages than plaintiff had requested.

Obtained defense jury verdict in favor of countertop distribution company in suit by one of its fabricator customers for various business torts and breach of contract.

Obtained dismissal of federal securities law claims and related breach of contract and business tort claims brought by telecommunications company against its former majority shareholder.

Hired by large international retail chain to assist trial counsel in preserving appellate error in cases that are expected to be appealed. In one such case, successfully defended zero damages verdict on appeal.

Representation of landowners, developers, general and limited partners, landlords and tenants in all types of disputes related to real estate development, including water trespass disputes and contract actions, and breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, and commercial lease disputes.

Governmental Entity Representation

Successfully defended landowner’s multi-million dollar claim under the Texas Water Code against the City of San Antonio arising out of the City’s flood control measures. Obtained favorable settlement in a related declaratory judgment suit in which the City recovered significant attorneys’ fees from the plaintiffs.

Successfully represented the City of Austin in summary judgment proceedings and a bench trial concerning City's controversial approval of redevelopment of Northcross Mall.

Obtained favorable settlement for municipal owner of sewage pipeline damaged by installation of fiber-optic cable.

Obtained dismissal of claims brought by developers against the City of San Antonio under Chapter 245 of the Texas Local Government Code.

Represented governmental owner of raw water transmission line that collapsed shortly after its construction. Case settled successfully at mediation after court denied various defense motions for summary judgment.

Professional Malpractice Defense

Obtained defense jury verdict in favor of a massage therapy practitioner accused of professional negligence and other misconduct.

Obtained complete or partial summary judgments for lawyer and law firm clients in legal malpractice cases arising out of their underlying estate planning, appellate, personal injury, and commercial litigation representation.

Pro Bono/Family Law

Appointed to represented indigent Spanish-speaking parents and children in proceedings brought by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. Where family reunification was not possible, successfully obtained termination of parental rights by agreement of the parties.

Volunteers to represent indigent Spanish-speaking individuals in family law matters through Volunteer Legal Services.

Bar Admissions & Activities

Admitted to the State Bar of Texas, U.S. District Court for the Western, Northern and Southern Districts of Texas, the U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.

Member, State Bar of Texas

Member, Civil Litigation Section, Austin Bar Association

Pro Bono Coordinator for the Firm, 2008-present

Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation, 2012-present

Board of Councilors, Texas Civil Rights Project, 2012-present

Member, Austin Bar Association/Austin Young Lawyers Association Leadership Academy, 2013

Board Member, Civil Litigation Section, Austin Bar Association, 2013 – present

Board Member/Co-Chair of Program Services Committe, Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas, 2015 - present

Community and Charitable Organizations

Commissioner/Chair, City of Austin Human Rights Commission, 2013 – 2015

Board Memeber/Chair, Downtown Austin Community Court Advisory Board, 2015 – present

Member/President, Bouldin Creek Community Development Corporation

Member, City of Austin Stakeholder Group focusing on Fair Treatment of Indigent Defendants

Education

University of Texas, B.A., honors 1991

University of Texas School of Law, J.D., honors 1995

Selected Reported Cases

City of San Antonio v. En Seguido, Ltd., 227 S.W.3d 237 (Tex. App.—San Antonio 2007, no pet.)

Gonzalez v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., 143 S.W.3d 118 (Tex. App.—San Antonio 2004, no pet.)

Krishnan v. Law Offices of Preston Henrichson, P.C., 83 S.W.3d 295 (Tex. App.—Corpus Christi 2002, pet. denied)

AMNEX v. Rowland, 25 F. Supp. 2d 238 (S.D.N.Y. 1998)

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