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Sara Ford Burstein
Senior Associate

Sara Ford Burstein currently focuses her practice on the representation of small businesses, nonprofit organizations, and national commodity boards on a range of corporate and commercial law matters. In this capacity, she regularly advises clients on corporate formation and strategy, contract matters, employment issues, as well as intellectual property matters related to trademarks and domain name disputes. Ms. Burstein also assists clients that are experiencing critical leadership transitions by coordinating executive search services.

Former Jobs/Positions Held

Prior to joining Watkinson Miller, Ms. Burstein worked as a part-time consultant providing strategic advice, business development, marketing, and external communications for small start-up businesses and local nonprofit organizations. She spent the first five years of her legal career practicing at Alston & Bird in their Washington, D.C office, where she advised financial services clients on regulatory issues. Prior to law school, Sara worked at Meridian International, a non-profit organization that facilitates professional exchange programs for international delegations.



“Compulsory Licensing Provisions Under the TRIPs Agreement: Balancing Pills and Patents,” 15 Am. U. Int’l L. Rev. 941 (2000). Co-author, “Practical Guide to NASD Regulation.” Chicago, IL: Wolters Kluwer Financial Services, 2006.


  • B.A., cum laude, University of Notre Dame

  • J.D., cum laude, American University, Washington College of Law


Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia Bar

  • Virginia State Bar

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