Sarah is Co-Chair of Burr & Forman's Real Estate Practice Group and a member of the Corporate and Tax Practice Groups. With the firm or its predecessors since 1999, she handles both residential and commercial real estate closings in the firm's Bluffton office.

She represents real estate development clients with acquisition, sale, leasing, and development matters, private placement offerings, federal and state land sales registration matters, development agreements, subdivision and condominium documentation, community covenants, and sales contracts, property owners association matters, regulatory and licensing matters, and equity and non-equity club matters.

Sarah assists business clients in forming and representing entities, non-profit organization formation and representation, 501(c)(3) tax exemption applications, community association corporate representation, private equity and non-equity club corporate representation, drafting organizational documents, completing mergers, acquisitions, and sales, and documenting other transactional matters.

Additionally, she represents lenders in drafting loan documentation and facilitating closings.


  • Completed multi-tier and multi-jurisdictional structural reorganization for real estate developer.
  • Represented real estate developer in acquisition of private island golf resort.
  • Completed over fifty (50) closings in two weeks for initial lot sales for new residential real estate development to meet developer's year-end sales goal.
  • Represented two (2) separate real estate developer clients in property auctions and related closing transactions.
  • Completed a five (5) county commercial acreage acquisition closing.
  • Negotiated several development agreements with the City of Hardeeville.
  • Represent national homebuilding developers in acquisitions, development matters, and sales.
  • Represented private golf club in restructuring of membership structure.
  • Represented non-profit organizations in preparing and filing 501(c)(3) applications for federal tax exempt status.
  • Represented real estate developers in transition of community governance to property owners associations.
  • Agent for Chicago Title Insurance Company, Commonwealth Land Title Insurance Company, Fidelity National Title Insurance Company, First American Title Insurance Company, Old Republic Title Insurance Company.

Honors & Recognitions

  • Honors College, University of South Carolina
  • Phi Beta Kappa, University of South Carolina
  • Golden Key National Honor Society, University of South Carolina


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Professional & Community

Professional Activities

  • South Carolina Bar Association: Real Estate Practices Section Council
  • South Carolina Women Lawyers Association



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