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Sara M. Peters

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Sara, a shareholder at Walkup, prosecutes and serves as lead trial lawyer for severely injured individuals in cases involving defective products, toxic torts, trucking accidents, transportation network company wrongdoing by companies like Uber and Lyft, aviation crashes, dangerous conditions of property, medical negligence, vehicular negligence, sexual assault, nursing home abuse, and other wrongdoing.

When she isn’t representing clients, Sara is a lecturer at Stanford Law School, co-directing the Trial Advocacy course.

Sara was named one off the Best Lawyers in America 2022 for her work in Personal Injury Litigation-Plaintiffs and Product Liability-Plaintiffs. She has been peer-nominated one of Northern California’s Super Lawyers, and she is an AVVO top-rated lawyer. She is a contributing editor of the Rutter Group “Claims and Defenses” Guide, which is a leading practice guide for lawyers in California, and she has published original legal research in an peer-reviewed scholarly periodical, the Journal of Tort Law.

 

We encourage anyone needing legal help to speak with Sara Peters!

Sara Peters and her staff represented us when our mother was injured. These situations are complicated and they take a long time to resolve. Sara and staff were great communicators during the entire process. They were able to achieve a solution we are happy with. We encourage anyone needing legal help to speak with Sara Peters!

Client

I highly recommend using Sara and her team.

Sara Peters represented me in a complex case that lasted over a year. She always helped me know what was going on —I could tell she cared. Also, from the outset, she did not sugarcoat the obstacles we faced, but kept me involved, and informed of the risks. I highly recommend using Sara and her team.

Client

She worked tirelessly to ensure the best possible outcome on our behalf and we will always be grateful for all the efforts.

She worked tirelessly to ensure the best possible outcome on our behalf and we will always be grateful for all the efforts. Having an experienced attorney like Ms. Peters on our side was a good sign that the case was in the hands of a seasoned and qualified team. We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to the whole team at Walkup for the professionalism and service.

Client

I am grateful that a friend recommended them to us and it was such a relief to know we were being represented by people we could trust.

Khaldoun Baghdadi and Sara Peters represented my husband in a bicycle accident. They were both very attentive and patient…really such a pleasure to work with during one of the most difficult times of our lives. Khaldoun and Sara took the time we needed to explain the process, set our expectations and outline very clearly what was expected of us. I am grateful that a friend recommended them to us and it was such a relief to know we were being represented by people we could trust.

Client

We encourage anyone needing legal help to speak with Sara Peters!

Sara Peters and her staff represented us when our mother was injured. These situations are complicated and they take a long time to resolve. Sara and staff were great communicators during the entire process. They were able to achieve a solution we are happy with. We felt the legal expenses they charged were very fair and well earned. We encourage anyone needing legal help to speak with Sara Peters!

Client

Sara was named one off the Best Lawyers in America 2022 for her work in Personal Injury Litigation-Plaintiffs and Product Liability-Plaintiffs. She has been peer-nominated one of Northern California’s Superlawyers, and she is an Avvo top-rated lawyer. She is a contributing editor of the Rutter Group “Claims and Defenses” Guide, which is a leading practice guide for lawyers in California, and she has published original legal research in an peer-reviewed scholarly periodical, the Journal of Tort Law.

Sara is regularly invited to speak at local and national CLE (continuing legal education) conferences on litigation-related topics. She is a Sustaining Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation – which supports evidence-based research seeking to advance justice. She is also a fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, a close-knit, peer-selected society of trial lawyers. She is a former board member of SFTLA (San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association) and an active member of CAOC (Consumer Attorneys of California), AAJ (American Association for Justice), and the Bar Association of San Francisco. She has also been featured as a guest speaker on podcasts, and is an invited guest speaker at Stanford Law School courses including Health Law & Policy, and Legal Ethics: The Plaintiff Lawyer. She also serves as Co-Director of ABC (Attorneys Bettering the Community) a local nonprofit composed of attorneys who want to volunteer in a hands-on way.

Sara received her undergraduate degree in Philosophy and Middle Eastern Studies at UCLA, and attended Stanford Law School, obtaining her J.D. in 2008. She joined Walkup the same year.

Featured

  • Plaintiff Magazine
    • “I like working on cases where I feel there’s the possibility of real impact,” Peters explained. “Not just for the one client, but when you walk away from the case, you’re seeing changes being made. To me, it’s rewarding working on something cutting edge like that – cutting edge in terms of the legal concepts being developed around these gig-economy businesses and also novel in terms of the way the business owners are shaping their business.”
  • Stanford Magazine (Uber)
    • “Uber wants to have it both ways,” says Sara Peters, JD ’08, a San Francisco personal injury lawyer who represents another Uber customer, suing the company for assault. “The company advises women that taking an Uber is a better option than riding with a stranger or driving drunk. In court, the company is saying these drivers are strangers.”

Publications

  • Peer-reviewed article on Causation:
    • “Wrongdoing does not only produce the harm that is the subject of a tort suit. It also necessarily produces uncertainty regarding what would have occurred without the wrongdoing. As a result, in proving causation, plaintiffs must overcome an information deficit that is not of their own making. ….[T]he degree of uncertainty tends to be high in cases where defendants failed to take reasonable precautions, since the plaintiff must construct, almost out of thin air, the counterfactual impact of the untaken precautions. …[W]here a defendant’s conduct substantially or directly generates uncertainty regarding causation, the burden of proof should be modified so that the uncertainty does not inure to the benefit of the wrongdoer. The impact of burden shifting in such scenarios would not be radical, costly, or harmful to the aims of justice.”
  • Article: The Dangerous Roadway Case
    • “Thus, in a case where some aspect of the design lacked any factual support, or any analysis, or altogether failed to take into account some feature of the public property, the design as to that feature is arbitrary. Alternatively, one might argue that no design exists as to that feature, and make a parallel argument under element one (causation). Either way, the legislative goal in enacting section 830.6 was to prevent juries from second-guessing the entity’s decisions. (Hampton at 352.) If the entity failed to make a decision (because it simply failed to consider something), immunity should not apply.”
  • Article: The Defense “Expert” with a Badge

Speaking Engagements

  • Trial Advocacy at Stanford Law School (September to November 2021)
  • CAALA Las Vegas, Rideshare Panel (September 2021)
  • Emerging Technology and the Law, The Reminger Report Podcast (July 2021)
  • Zoom Trials & The Law, SFTLA Ski & CLE Seminar (March 2021)
  • The Age of Prop 22, SFTLA (January 2021)
  • Trial Advocacy at Stanford Law School (September to November 2020)
  • TBI: Demystifying and Defusing (November 2019 CAOC Annual Convention)
  • Health Policy and the Law, Invited Guest Speaker, Stanford Law School (May 2020)
  • Trial Advocacy at Stanford Law School (September to November 2019)
  • Masters Seminar on the Sanchez Case (September 2019 CAOC and the SMCTLA)
  • BASF Intensive Advocacy Program, Invited Teacher (June 2019)

Noteworthy Verdicts and Settlements

  • Telecommunications Worker v. Utility Companies – Negligent Maintenance of Power Lines Resulting in Burn Injuries – Mediated Settlement – $29 million
  • Patient v. Medical System – Failure to Diagnose Kidney Infection – Medical Malpractice Settlement – $8 million
  • Young Man v. Medical System – Failure to Diagnose Brain Tumor – Medical Malpractice Settlement – $7.5 million
  • Baby v. Medical System – Failure to Perform Pregnancy Test Before Implanting IUD – Medical Malpractice Case – $7.5 million
  • Family v. Tour Bus Operator – Inattentive Bus Driver Strikes Pedestrian in Crosswalk – Wrongful Death Settlement – $5.1 million
  • Grandmother v. Winery – Employee Causes Collision During Commute – Mediated Settlement – $4.75 million
  • Speeding Driver v. Delivery Truck – Prop 51 Case – Mediated Settlement – $4.5 million
  • Disabled Man v. Government Entities – Failure to Protect Crosswalk – Mediated Settlement – $4.25 million
  • Young Man v. Homeowners’ Construction Company – House Fire Causes Third Degree Burns – Mediated Settlement – $3.3 million
  • Children v. Kaiser – Mismanagement of Pitocin-Induced Labor – Wrongful Death Arbitration Award – $3.1 million
  • Child v. Kaiser – Brachial Plexus Injury During a Shoulder Dystocia – Arbitration Award – $1.6 million
  • Businesswoman v. Hotel – Defective Staircase Causes Fall – Mediated Settlement – $2.2 million
  • High School Student v. Helmet Manufacturer – Defective Football Helmet Does Not Protect Head – Mediated Settlement – $2.2 million
  • Psychiatrist v. Medical System – Delayed Diagnosis of Ovarian Cancer – Medical Malpractice Settlement – $2 million
  • Family v. Health Plan – Prescribing Drug with Known Suicide Risk – Medical Malpractice Settlement – $1.7 million
  • Family v. Emergency Room – Failure to Diagnose Sepsis – Medical Malpractice Settlement – $1.4 million
  • Young Woman v. Medical System – Delayed Diagnosis of Malignant Melanoma – Settlement – $1.3 million
  • Grad Student v. ATM Service Company – Road Rage Attack by Service Driver – Mediated Settlement – $1.2 million
  • Brain Damaged Man v. Negligent Driver – Vehicular Negligence – Mediated Settlement – $1.2 million
  • Jogger v. Bike Club – Speeding Cyclist Struck Pedestrian – Mediated Settlement – $1.2 million
  • Passenger v. Taxi Driver – Attack by Driver on Passenger – Mediated Settlement – $1 million
  • Young Man v. Farmers Insurance – Coverage Dispute After Golf Cart Injury – Bench Trial Verdict – $985,000

Community Involvement

From the founding of our firm in the 1960s up through the present, Walkup team members have consistently contributed to the welfare and improvement of the people and communities of the Bay Area and Northern California.

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Areas of Practice

    • Personal Injury
    • Defective Products
    • Dangerous Conditions of Property
    • Medical Negligence
    • Vehicular Negligence
    • Nursing Home Abuse
    • Rideshare and transportation network carrier disputes (Uber, Lyft, etc.)
    • Sexual assault
    • Civil rights, 1983 actions
    • Construction Defect
    • Aviation

Professional Associations and Memberships

    • CAOC (Consumer Attorneys of California), Member
    • SFTLA (San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, Board of Directors & Chair of Education Committee), Member
    • AAJ (American Association for Justice), Member
    • San Francisco Bar Association, Member

Education

    • Stanford Law School, Stanford, California
      • J.D. – 2008
      • Honors: Mock Trial and Moot Court
      • Law Review: Stanford Journal of International Law, Lead Articles Editor
    • UCLA, Los Angeles, California
      • Honors: summa cum laude
      • Honors: With High Honors