Sarah Burns is an attorney at Simmons Hanly Conroy LLC. She has substantial legal experience handling mass tort multidistrict litigation, consumer class action litigation, intellectual property litigation, and other complex business torts. In the past ten years, she has secured millions of dollars in settlements on her clients’ behalf.
Her clients are regular, everyday people, businesses or municipalities who’ve been harmed by larger, multi-national corporations. Sarah brings an in-depth understanding of the law and how it applies to her clients’ unique circumstances. Around the firm, her work has garnered her a reputation as equal parts secret weapon, taskmaster and quarterback.
“I do my best to make sure all the details line up, my client is happy, the facts match the law, and everything happens the way it’s supposed to,” she said.
Her cases regularly take on some of the largest companies in the world. Not only is Sarah adept at overcoming the tactics big defense law firms deploy against smaller plaintiffs, she leverages the firm’s resources to put her clients on an equal playing field. Her litigation experience stretches from pre-filing investigation, into trial and through the appeal process,
One of Sarah’s current clients is Trans Coastal Supply Co., a regional exporter in the agricultural industry that was forced to declare bankruptcy after it lost millions because its exports to China were contaminated with Agrisure Viptera corn seed. The lawsuit is part of the federal multidistrict litigation, Syngenta AG MIR 162 Corn Litigation MDL 2591, that farmers, exporters and other companies have filed against the international biotechnology seed company Syngenta for misleading them about the status of Viptera’s approval in China.
Sarah is also handling the consumer protection and marketplace misrepresentation cases the firm has filed against Volkswagen, regarding the automaker’s highly-publicized emissions scandal. Sarah also works on the firm’s opiate litigation on behalf of Suffolk County, New York.
She earned her J.D. from the University of Tulsa College of Law, where she graduated with honors. Sarah graduated from the University of Missouri, Columbia with a B.S. in biochemistry.
Sarah is admitted to practice law in Missouri and in the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western District of Missouri, Northern District of Indiana and Middle District of North Carolina.