Sarah H. Trela practices in the areas of white collar defense and class action litigation. She represents corporate clients in both civil and criminal litigation, with a primary focus on antitrust matters, internal investigations, and consumer class actions. She also maintains a strong pro bono practice, including the successful representation of an inmate in a civil rights suit and the ongoing representation of an asylum applicant.
Before joining O’Melveny, Sarah worked as an economic analyst for the U.S. government for several years with a focus on international corruption and illicit finance issues.
- Represented an automotive parts company in a criminal federal antitrust price-fixing investigation. Represents the company in subsequent civil litigation alleging violations of federal and state antitrust and state consumer protection laws.
- Represents an automotive parts company in several putative class actions alleging violations of federal and state antitrust and state consumer protection laws.
- Represented an airline in merger-related antitrust litigation in which O’Melveny obtained a favorable settlement.
- Civil Litigation:
- Represents a leading technology company in several putative class actions alleging fraud, violations of state consumer protection laws, and breach of warranty.
- Represents a major automobile manufacturer in a putative class action alleging breach of warranty and violations of state consumer protection laws.
- Represents a consumer products company in a putative class action alleging misrepresentation and unfair trade practices.
- Represented an internet company in a breach of contract trial, in which O’Melveny obtained a complete defense verdict.
- Represented an educational technology company in a putative class action alleging fraud and breach of warranty, in which O’Melveny obtained a denial of class certification.
- US District Court for the Eastern and Northern Districts of California
- US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
- Stanford Law School, J.D., 2013: pro bono distinction; Editor-in-Chief, Stanford Journal of International Law; Gerald Gunther Class Prize in Modern Securities Fraud Litigation
- Duke University, M.P.P., Public Policy, 2006
- University of Notre Dame, B.A., cum laude, Economics and Political Science, 2004
- Bar Association of San Francisco
- Queen’s Bench
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