Sarah Hofstadter

Phone: (415) 649-6700 ext. 6

For decades, Sarah Hofstadter helped judges and justices of the California Courts of Appeal and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit analyze and issue reasoned opinions in hundreds of published and unpublished cases. Having spent most of her career as a judicial research attorney and law clerk for appellate jurists on those courts, Sarah has deep insight into the way appellate decisionmakers think and approach the cases before them.

Most recently, for almost a dozen years, Sarah served as a research attorney for Justice Ignazio Ruvolo of the California Court of Appeal for the First Appellate District. Since retiring from her position with the First District, Sarah has devoted her professional time to civil and family law appeals, relying on her intimate knowledge of the appellate decision-making process to inform her advocacy on behalf of clients.

At the start of her legal career, Sarah worked for two years as a central staff law clerk for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, helping judges draft opinions in civil and criminal appeals. Later, she spent over five years as Chief Assistant Court Counsel to the State Bar Court Review Department, assisting with appeals in attorney discipline matters. Sarah has also worked in the Complex Litigation Department at the San Francisco Superior Court, and she was one of U.S. District Judge Marilyn Patel’s law clerks during her first year on the federal bench.

Additionally, Sarah has litigation experience in a broad range of business matters, at both the trial and appellate levels, including antitrust, insurance coverage, intellectual property, bankruptcy litigation, and breach of contract. For eight years, Sarah was a member of the litigation department at Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk, & Rabkin (now the San Francisco office of Arnold & Porter).

Sarah graduated from Stanford Law School in 1978, where she served on the Board of Editors of the Stanford Law Review. She also holds a B.A. in linguistics, magna cum laude, from Princeton University.