Vice President, Legal & General Counsel
Sarah leads Great Clips, Inc.’s strategic and tactical legal initiatives. Blending her strong legal background, business experience and passion for franchising, Sarah provides clear and effective counsel on Company strategies, risk management considerations and legal best practices aimed at ensuring a sound operating environment for business success and the continued growth of the Great Clips brand.
Sarah began her legal career as a franchisee litigator and spent several years representing franchisees in major disputes with their franchisors. Sarah then joined the transactional franchise practice group at the global law firm of Faegre & Benson LLP (now Faegre Drinker), where she used her litigation experience to effectively counsel emerging and mature franchisors on a variety of regulatory issues impacting their businesses. In 2016, after spending several years in-house leading the franchise legal, domestic development and franchise advisory council functions of a large restaurant franchisor, Sarah joined Great Clips, Inc. as senior director of legal and franchise administration. She was promoted to associate general counsel before becoming vice president of legal and general counsel.
Sarah is an active member of the American Bar Association’s Forum on Franchising and the International Franchise Association. She’s also a speaker and author on franchise topics for various legal publications and events.
Sarah received her J.D. from Mitchell Hamline School of Law. She enjoys being involved in causes that support children and families in her community and is an active volunteer with the Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery.