Sara Wadsworth represents a wide variety of clients in all phases of litigation and has knowledge and experience working with appeals and appellate procedure. Prior to joining Stoel Rives, Sara served as a judicial law clerk at the Washington State Supreme Court to both Justice Raquel Montoya-Lewis and retired Chief Justice Mary E. Fairhurst.

During law school, Sara gained experience in litigation strategy by working as a summer associate for Stoel Rives, as an extern to the Honorable John J. Tuchi of the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, and as a law clerk for the Washington State Office of the Attorney General, Torts Division. Sara has an interest in identifying developing areas of the law and explored that interest as the articles editor for the Arizona State Law Journal. She also held several esteemed research and teaching assistant positions focusing on Constitutional and Tort law.

Prior to attending law school, Sara worked in higher education, where she interpreted and applied federal immigration regulations and statutes.


Arizona State University, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, J.D., 2019, summa cum laude; Order of the Coif; Articles Editor, Arizona State Law Journal

University of Washington, B.A., International Studies, Minors: Spanish, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, 2013, cum laude



United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Washington

United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit



Insights & Presentations

  • “Washington Supreme Court Unanimously Rejects the Apex Doctrine” (co-author), Notice of Appeal: The Stoel Rives Appellate Law Blog, October 3, 2023


  • Sandra Day O’Connor Constitutional Law Award
  • Justice Sandra Day O’Connor Graduation Award
  • Paul and Flo Eckstein Scholar
  • Willard H. Pedrick Scholar, 2016–2019



  • Pierce County Juvenile Courts Diversion Program, Former Community Accountability Board Member
  • Arizona Legal Center, former Volunteer


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