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Birmingham, AL – October 11, 2019 -- Sarah Yates, an associate with the Financial Institutions Practice group of Bressler, Amery & Ross, has been named to the Birmingham Business Journal (BBJ) 2019 Rising Stars in Law. The list appeared in the BBJ’s October 11 issue.

Her practice focuses primarily on the defense of brokerage firms and financial institutions against claims asserted by customers in state and federal court and in arbitration proceedings throughout the country.

The BBJ’s Rising Stars list highlights up-and-coming lawyers under 40 in the Birmingham metro area. Honorees were chosen based on their contributions to their firms and their potential to shape the industry, and the Magic City’s legal world, moving forward. They were based on nominations submitted at as part of the ongoing Rising Stars series, which highlights emerging leaders in a number of fields. 

In his recommendation of Ms. Yates to the BBJ, Bressler’s Birmingham Office Managing Principal Joshua D. Jones said he has worked closely with her since she joined the firm. “She is an extremely talented litigator with exceptional skills before arbitration panels, whether via oral presentation or written briefing of often complex securities issues. Moreover, Sarah is wise beyond her years when it comes to strategizing with clients and providing legal advice. She is most certainly a rising star at Bressler.” 

“For several years,” Mr. Jones said, “Sarah has independently managed a significant number of FINRA arbitrations across the country for several of the firm’s largest clients,” he said. “Her work has impressed both senior principals, the firm’s clients, and Sarah’s junior colleagues, who often come to her for guidance and advice. Sarah’s mentoring and guidance of younger attorneys, goes above and beyond.” 

Ms. Yates is also a leader within the firm and the community. She serves on the firm’s Marketing Committee and is an active marketer. She regularly speaks on industry panels, publishes, and works to actively promote the firm, its culture and its practices. 

Ms. Yates received both her J.D. and B.A. from the University of Alabama. While in law school, she served as Executive Editor of the Alabama Law Review and was a member of the Protective Life National Moot Court team. Ms. Yates began her career as a law clerk to the Honorable W. Harold Albritton of the Middle District of Alabama.

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