Sarah E. Warner

Sarah E. Warner

Lawrence, Kansas Attorney

Sarah has the unique experience of having worked in the highest courts of two different states: Kansas and Michigan. Most significantly, immediately after graduating from law school, Sarah served as the judicial clerk for the Honorable Robert E. Davis of the Kansas Supreme Court.  During her 3 ½ years at the Court, Sarah researched and made recommendations to the justices on more than 100 pending cases, ranging in subject matter from first-degree murder to eminent domain to complex civil litigation and class actions. When Justice Davis became Chief Justice of the Kansas Judicial Branch in January 2009, Sarah was given the additional responsibility of coordinating the efforts of the judicial clerks in all Kansas Supreme Court chambers and assisting with the Chief Justice's interactions with the legislative and executive branches. The skills Sarah developed during her time at the Court prove invaluable in her everyday practice and representation of clients.

Sarah joined Thompson Ramsdell and Qualseth in November 2009, but she is no stranger to the firm, having worked as a law clerk with us before she attended law school. Sarah's practice focuses primarily on resolving state and federal constitutional claims; contract disputes, including questions of insurance coverage and allegations of bad faith; disputes relating to eminent domain, land use, and real estate; and bodily injury claims. Sarah has developed a specialty in appellate advocacy, involving not only successfully briefing and litigating appeals, but also conducting practice sessions for other attorneys preparing to argue cases before the Kansas and federal appellate courts.

While in law school, Sarah was an editor on the Ave Maria Law Review from 2004 to 2006.  Upon graduation, Sarah received the Mary Queen of Lawyers Award, which is awarded by the faculty to the most outstanding law school graduate based on grades, coursework, and personal character.

For the past several years, Sarah has taught Conflict of Laws as an adjunct professor at Washburn University School of Law in Topeka. The course, which is increasingly critical in our interconnected society, examines the legal and policy considerations that arise in cases where more than one jurisdiction has an interest in ongoing litigation (whether it be multiple states or a conflict between federal and state interests), how these considerations affect a court’s power to hear the case, and when and how judgments from one state can be recognized in another.  Sarah also serves as a member of the University of Kansas Honors Program Alumni Advisory Board and a cantor and member of the folk group at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Lenexa.

Education

  • University of Kansas, B.A. in French, International Studies, Mathematics, and Political Science, with honors and distinction, 2003
  • Ave Maria School of Law, J.D. magna cum laude, 2006

Bar Admissions

  • Kansas
  • Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, District of Kansas

Professional Affiliations

  • Judge Hugh Means Inn of Court
  • Kansas Association of Defense Counsel, Board of Directors & Editor of The Kansas Defense Journal
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Kansas Bar Association
  • KBA Appellate Section, Executive Board
  • KBA Young Lawyers Section, President-Elect 2013-2014 & Previous Co-Editor of the YLS Forum Newsletter
  • Missouri Bar Association
  • Douglas County Bar Association, Secretary
  • Douglas County Bar Board of Trustees
  • Douglas County Bench-Bar Committee

Civic Involvement

  • University of Kansas Honors Program Alumni Advisory Board
  • Holy Trinity Catholic Church, cantor and director of the parish folk group

Publications

  • The Continued Need for Safeguards in the Kansas Class Certification Procedure: An Overview of Critchfield Physical Therapy v. The Taranto Group, Kansas Defense Journal (Winter 2010).
  • Evolving Standards:  A Look at the Modern Abuse of Discretion Standard of Review, Journal of the KBA Appellate Section (Spring 2011).
  • A Brave New World: Class-Action Certifications after Critchfield Physical Therapy v. The Taranto Group, Kansas Defense Journal (Fall 2011).
  • Caps Recap:  What We Know (and What We Don't) from Miller v. Johnson, Kansas Defense Journal (Summer/Fall 2012).
  • The "Kansas Analysis": Constitutional Challenges to Statutory Caps on Noneconomic Damages, For the Defense (August 2013).
  • An "Appealing" Litigation Strategy: Preparing Your Case for Appellate Success from the Trial Level, Journal of the Kansas Bar Association (forthcoming Spring 2014).

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