EducationMs. Bourdet graduated from Central Michigan University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcasting. She earned her Juris Doctor from Loyola University School of Law in 2013.
AdmissionsMs. Bourdet was admitted to the Illinois bar in 2014.
Sarah Bourdet is an associate of Lipe Lyons Murphy Nahrstadt & Pontikis Ltd. She focuses her practice on civil litigation with an emphasis on construction, transportation, product and premises liability claims. Prior to joining Lipe Lyons, Sarah practiced in creditors rights litigation as Special Counsel for the City of Chicago Department of Law. In that capacity, she represented the City of Chicago in municipal prosecutions, negotiated countless settlements on its behalf and participated in drafting a high-profile complaint regarding a City of Chicago public infrastructure matter. She went on to practice in the area of Social Security Disability, representing a high volume of clients in administrative hearings before the Social Security Administration, including appeals for disability benefits.Prior to joining Lipe Lyons, Ms. Bourdet represented clients in creditors' rights claims, collection matters, social security disability claims and appeals. During law school, Sarah was a member of the Appellate Advocacy Honors Program as part of the Jessup International Moot Court Team and helped lead her team to International Rounds in Washington, D.C. She was active in the Loyola ChildLaw Clinic as a Child Representative and Guardian Ad Litem, representing minors in family and juvenile court. She also worked for the State’s Attorneys Office as an intern in the Trial Division.
Ms. Bourdet is an active member in a number of professional and civic organizations, including:
- Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
- International Society of Primerus Law Firms
- South Asian Bar Association
- LIFT USA
- Former president of the Associate Board of LIFT USA, an organization providing education funding for under-resources children in India.
In a case involving a construction accident, Sarah successfully negotiated a global settlement for her client, preventing the need for further complex litigation, including the litigation of civil claims, a declaratory action, and a workers’ compensation claim.
In a commercial arbitration case involving a damages valuation, Sarah obtained a favorable outcome limiting the plaintiff’s damages to the appraisal value of the property at issue and denying all other damages claimed by the plaintiff.
In a case involving aggravation of a pre-existing condition, Sarah negotiated a highly favorable settlement for the client, reducing the client’s liability to 50% of its anticipated exposure.