Sarah A. W. Fitts

Partner at Schiff Hardin LLP

Sarah A. W. Fitts

Sarah A. W. Fitts

Partner at Schiff Hardin LLP

Biography

Sarah advises clients on private mergers and acquisitions, development projects, joint ventures, financings, sustainable investing, and restructurings, with a focus on the energy and infrastructure industries.

She represents U.S. and global clients, including Japanese companies doing business in the United States and around the world. Her clients include power developers, investors, sovereign wealth funds, and private equity across a broad range of industries, such as power generation, publishing, biotech and medical devices, and automotive. Enjoying both business and the practice of law, she often acts as outside general counsel for clients without legal departments, in addition to advising on transactions.

A recognized leader in her field, Sarah has received numerous industry accolades from her peers and clients. In addition to her corporate practice, Sarah has long been committed to public service and she actively lends her expertise to pro bono initiatives. She reads and speaks Japanese.

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Partner Executive Committee Member Practice Group Leader, Environmental at Schiff Hardin LLP

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Sarah A. W. Fitts
Partner at Schiff Hardin LLP
Education
JD, cum laude
Class of 1990

Harvard Law School offers an energetic and creative learning environment, a diverse and dedicated faculty—whose expertise spans a broad array of legal subjects—and a student body that comes from every state in the U.S. and more than 70 countries around the world. Approximately 1,900 students attend HLS each year: 1,680 J.D. students, 160 LL.M. students, and 50 S.J.D. candidates. The faculty includes more than 100 full-time professors and more than 150 visiting professors, lecturers on law, and instructors. The curriculum features more than 260 courses and seminars that cover a broad range of traditional and emerging legal fields. A Harvard Law education prepares students for success in law practice, business, public service, teaching, and more. Most HLS students are pursuing a J.D. (Juris Doctor) degree, while many others are earning an LL.M. (Master of Laws) or the S.J.D. (Doctor of Juridical Science). Harvard Law School also offers many joint degree programs, coordinated programs, and concurrent degree opportunities with other schools within Harvard University. The Law School community is also home to numerous research programs and engaging publications, including books, scholarly periodicals, newsletters, and a weekly student newspaper.

BA in History & Oriental Studies, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
Class of 1987

The University of Pennsylvania (commonly referred to as Penn or UPenn) is a private, Ivy League university, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Penn considers itself the fourth-oldest institution of higher education in the United States, as well as the first university in the United States with both undergraduate and graduate studies.

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American Bar Association provides legal services. It provides law school accreditation, continuing legal education, legal information and other services to assist legal professionals. The firm has members which include judges, court administrators, law professors, and non-practicing attorneys. The company was founded on August 21, 1878 and is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

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Council on Foreign Relations, Inc. provides and disseminates ideas on foreign policies to individuals, corporate members, journalists and policy makers. It operates a forum for government officials, students and other interested parties to study and discuss world issues and impact on American foreign policies. The company publishes Foreign Affairs, a magazine that comes out six times a year, along with books and studies by its own scholars. Council on Foreign Relations was founded in 1921 and is headquartered in New York City, NY.

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TO BE THE PREEMINENT RESEARCH INSTITUTE FOR THE EMPIRICAL STUDY OF LAW BY CONDUCTING RESEARCH.

Career History
Partner
Current

Schiff Hardin LLP provides legal services. Its practice areas include antitrust, trade regulation, class action litigation, government contracts, and corporate litigation. The company was founded in 1864 and is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

Clerk
Prior

The United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit hears appeals from the United States District Courts for the Districts of Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Puerto Rico and Rhode Island.

Partner
Prior

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP provides legal services. Practice areas include: complex acquisition, financing transactions, litigation & arbitration, tax, employee benefits, and trusts & estates. The company was founded in 1931 by Eli Whitney Debevoise and is headquartered in New York, NY.

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2012

Scenic Hudson was founded as the Scenic Hudson Preservation Conference on November 8, 1963, when Hudson Valley residents organized to save Storm King Mountain from being transformed into the world's largest pumped-storage hydroelectric plant. The organization successfully mounted the Scenic Hudson Preservation Conference v. Federal Power Commission court case, which saved the mountain and, for the first time, gave U.S. citizens legal standing to challenge development proposals on environmental grounds. Known as "The Scenic Hudson Decision," the case became a cornerstone of environmental law in the United States, and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement.

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2012

SCENIC HUDSON IS DEDICATED TO PROTECTING AND RESTORING THE HUDSON RIVER, ITS RIVERFRONT AND THE MAJESTIC VISTAS AND WORKING LANDSCAPES BEYOND AS AN IRREPLACEABLE NATIONAL TREASURE FOR AMERICA AND A VITAL RESOURCE FOR RESIDENTS AND VISITORS.

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2011

Scenic Hudson was founded as the Scenic Hudson Preservation Conference on November 8, 1963, when Hudson Valley residents organized to save Storm King Mountain from being transformed into the world's largest pumped-storage hydroelectric plant. The organization successfully mounted the Scenic Hudson Preservation Conference v. Federal Power Commission court case, which saved the mountain and, for the first time, gave U.S. citizens legal standing to challenge development proposals on environmental grounds. Known as "The Scenic Hudson Decision," the case became a cornerstone of environmental law in the United States, and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement.

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Access Industries, Inc. - New York, Calpine Corp. /Private Group, Energy Capital Partners LLC, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board Private Investments purchase Calpine Corporation

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Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. purchases OTC Direct, Inc.

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Inversiones Mineras Acrux SpA, Mitsui & Co., Ltd., Corporación Nacional del Cobre de Chile purchase Anglo American Sur SA from Anglo American Plc

Awards & Honors
2014
Chambers Global
2012
The Legal 500 United States
2010
Celene Marcus Community Service Award
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