Sarah-Michelle Stearns

Sarah-Michelle Stearns


Sarah-Michelle Stearns focuses her practice on risk management, litigation, and appeals. She has experience in a broad range of commercial litigation matters, including breach of contract, intellectual property, fraud, False Claims Act, and regulatory disputes. Sarah-Michelle has been the primary draftsman of demand letters, petitions, answers, discovery responses, motions, and responses to dispositive motions, and she has argued motions in both state and federal court. Her practice also includes advising clients on best practices for complying with applicable regulations and she reviews and drafts contracts with an eye toward the same.

Sarah-Michelle works with clients in the health care, arts and entertainment, non-profit, education, and technology industries to achieve their business goals.


  • Appellate
  • Business disputes
  • Class actions
  • Complex commercial litigation
  • General litigation
  • IP litigation



  • Assisted in representing an investment firm in a copyright infringement lawsuit in the Southern District of Texas involving the firm’s practice of electronically forwarding a daily newsletter to more of its staff than allowed under the subscription agreement.°

°The above representations were handled by Ms. Stearns prior to her joining Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

  • Legal Internship, G6 Hospitality, 2016
  • Legal Internship, North Texas Tollway Authority, 2015
  • Legal Internship, Hon. Jane Boyle, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, 2014
  • Legal Internship, Dallas Cowboys Football Club, 2014

Recognition & Leadership

  • Selected, Dallas Young Lawyers Association, “One to Watch,” 2018
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, 2016-Present
    • Board of Directors, 2019-Present
    • Leadership Class, 2018
  • Member, Dallas Bar Association, 2016-Present
  • Associate, The William ‘Mac’ Taylor American Inn of Court, 2016-Present
  • Board Member, Big Leaders Board of Big Brothers Big Sisters Dallas, 2018-Present
  • Leadership Arts Institute, Business Council for the Arts, 2018
  • Moot Court Coach, SMU Dedman School of Law, 2017-Present
  • Chapter Advisory Board, Kappa Delta Sorority, 2018-Present
  • Member, Daughters of the American Revolution
  • Member, Trinity Christian Academy Alumni Association


  • J.D., cum laude, Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, 2016
    • Order of the Barristers
    • Staff Editor and CLE Editor, SMU Law Review Association
    • John E. Kennedy Award
    • The Barristers
  • M.A., Economics, cum laude, Southern Methodist University, 2016
  • B.A., University of Texas at Austin, 2011
  • Hon. Justice Douglas S. Lang, Texas Fifth District Court of Appeals, 2016-2017
  • Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas