Biography

Sarah Good has over twenty-five years of experience in complex commercial, consumer and securities litigation matters.

Sarah represents companies, as well as their officers and directors, in securities class actions, derivative litigation and governmental investigations, and litigation. She has served as independent outside counsel in conducting internal investigations into alleged misfeasance in a wide variety of areas, from accounting fraud to employment issues. Sarah also serves as personal counsel for C-suite executives and directors in governmental and internal investigations. 

Many of the matters Sarah manages are both high-stakes and multidimensional – for example, simultaneous actions or investigations from the Department of Justice, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and shareholders arising from the same allegations. She excels at crafting a global strategy to handle all of the litigation and investigations flowing from a single set of allegations. This requires a combination of creativity, high-level negotiating skills and the ability to work with a variety of opposing parties, from other defense counsel, plaintiff’s counsel and government agencies.

She has an extraordinary track record, having counseled and represented hundreds of clients. This includes defending over 100 securities class actions, derivative litigation, and governmental investigations/proceedings. She has defended over 30 consumer fraud class actions, private attorney general actions, and investigations initiated by the Attorney General’s Office concerning unfair competition, false advertising, products liability, and fraud. She has advised boards of directors, audit committees, executives, and a university in over 30 internal investigations into a wide range of allegations of misconduct in the U.S. and abroad. Sarah is particularly experienced at international matters, especially those involving business dealings in Asia and/or allegations of violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. She has also counseled over 250 companies on risk management and insurance.

She has litigated in state and federal courts in 13 states and is experienced in pre-dispute counseling, arbitration, jury and bench trials, and appeals. She has deep experience at assisting clients with the interpersonal and emotional challenges of the matters in which she represents them. Simultaneously empathetic, experienced, and effective, Sarah is the ideal counselor when a client is beginning the unfamiliar, difficult journey of an action or investigation connected with their professional lives.

Distinctions

  • Best Lawyers in America in the area of Litigation – Securities (2014-2019)
  • Legal 500 United States for Shareholder Litigation (2015) and Securities Litigation: Defense (2016-2018)
  • BTI Client Service All-Stars Award
  • The Daily Journal recognized her among California’s Top 100 Women Lawyers

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Co-founder of Women in Securities (WISe)
  • American Bar Association
  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers
  • Bar Association of San Francisco
  • National Association of Law Placement (NALP)
  • Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom
  • Association of Law Firm Diversity Professionals (ALFDP)
  • Professional Development Consortium (PDC)

Firm Highlights

Event

Non-Profits, #MeToo and Talent Management in 2019

Barbara Murphy, Chandra Andrade and Rebecca Stephens, speakers, Non-Profits, #MeToo and Talent Management in 2019

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Publication

Who 'Owns' a Secret? Whether Trade Secret Licensees Have Standing to Sue in California

If the eye-popping damages awards in several recent lawsuits are any indication, companies are increasingly coming to see their private information as one of their most valuable assets—and California juries apparently agree. For example,...

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Attorney General Finds Impact Fees on Density Bonus Projects Invalid

In response to questions from a variety of cities across the state regarding the application of “public benefit fees” to density bonus projects, the State Attorney General’s Office published an opinion on April 9...

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Farella Braun + Martel Named Among the Best Places to Work in the Bay Area 2019

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How to Plan for a Smooth Transition of Your Family Business

Family Wealth Senior Associate Lauren Galbraith discusses how family internal dynamics play a role in transferring significant assets, especially a business, between generations. Link to read the full article.

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North Coast Cannabis Industry Conference

Farella Braun + Martel is proud to underwrite the North Coast Cannabis Industry Conference featuring keynote speaker Aaron Smith, co-founder and executive director of the National Cannabis Industry Association. The event will also feature...

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CWA Regulation of Discharges to Groundwater: Permitting Uncertainty in Light of Circuit Court Split

Sarah Bell will speak on the Strafford live webinar, "CWA Regulation of Discharges to Groundwater: Permitting Uncertainty in Light of Circuit Court Split." This CLE webinar will discuss the "indirect discharge" theory of Clean...

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Individual Accountability in the Huawei Trade Secrets Prosecution

In the ongoing legal battle over the alleged theft of American trade secrets by Chinese telecom giant Huawei, one curious aspect is the lack of charges filed against any individual Huawei employees. On February...

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The 10th Circuit Correctly Construes “That Particular Part” Narrowly

We do not often write about coverage opinions from jurisdictions as far away as Oklahoma; however, a recent case from the Federal Tenth Circuit looked at one of our favorite topics and came out...

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Daily Journal Names Jeff Fisher Among Top IP Lawyers in California

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