Areas of Practice
  • Columbia University School of Law, J.D. 2005, Recipient, James Kent Scholar, Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, Public Service Fellowship
  • Pomona College, B.A., 2001
Judicial Clerkships
  • Law Clerk, Hon. Robert W. Sweet, US District Court, Southern District of New York, 2005-2006
Bar & Court Admissions
  • California
  • New York
  • US District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • US District Court, Southern District of New York
  • US District Court, District of the District of Columbia
1 Market Street
Steuart Tower, Suite 1800
San Francisco CA 94105
TEL: +1 415 365 6717
FAX: +1 415 365 6699

Sarah Jackel is of counsel in Steptoe’s San Francisco office, where she is a member of the Litigation Department.  Her practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, regulatory enforcement proceedings, and white-collar criminal matters.

Ms. Jackel is an experienced litigator who has represented corporations in a broad range of commercial disputes in federal and state court, including breach of contract, securities litigation, breach of fiduciary duty, and fraud.  She works with clients in a variety of sectors, including financial services, energy, and pharmaceuticals.  She is well-versed in all aspects of litigation, and has been successful in obtaining victories for clients in many cases through both dispositive motion practice and trial.

Ms. Jackel also has extensive experience defending individuals and companies in regulatory enforcement proceedings and criminal matters.  She worked on a number of cases arising out of the subprime mortgage crisis and has defended clients in a variety of other cases brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Department of Justice.  Ms. Jackel’s white-collar representations include cases involving allegations of federal securities laws violations, off-label marketing, anti-trust violations, violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and violations of anti-kickback laws.

Throughout her career, Ms. Jackel has also actively participated in pro bono matters.  In a recent matter, she helped a client win a new trial based on newly discovered evidence that he was wrongly convicted of murder twenty years earlier.  She also represented detainees held without charge at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, many of whom she helped obtain repatriation to their home countries.