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Sarah Martin


Washington, DC

Sarah Martin fights for justice in the workplace on behalf of public and private employees. She represents workers in discrimination and whistleblower cases before administrative bodies, such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the D.C. Office of Human Rights, and in federal and state courts. She analyzes and negotiates employment contracts, severance agreements, stock options, and restrictive covenants, like non-compete and non-disclosure agreements, for clients in all industries, including business, healthcare, media, and entertainment. She also advocates for federal sector employees appealing adverse actions before the Merit Systems Protection Board. Sarah has experience performing internal investigations and assisting small employers in navigating complex compliance issues when responding to hostile work environment and retaliation complainants.


Prior to joining KCNF, Sarah practiced plaintiffs’ employment and education law for a firm in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Before law school, she worked in the technology and communication departments of Media Matters for America in Washington, D.C.


Sarah is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College (A.B. in the Growth & Structure of Cities) and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law (J.D.). At Pitt Law, Sarah served as the Executive Editor of the Pittsburgh Tax Review and on the board of the Pittsburgh Incoming Sharing Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to raising money to fund summer legal internships with public interest organizations. She interned in the chambers of Chief Magistrate Judge Lisa Pupo Lenihan of the Western District of Pennsylvania, the Employment Unit of Community Legal Services of Philadelphia, and the Capital Habeas Unit of the Federal Public Defender’s Office for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

Bar and Court Admissions


  • District of Columbia
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
  • Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • Supreme Court of the United States

Professional Associations and Memberships


  • Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association (MWELA)
    • Board Member
    • Diversity & Inclusion Committee, Co-Chair
    • Executive Committee, Secretary (Jan. 2019 – Jan. 2021)
  • National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA), Member
  • Women’s Bar Association (WBA), Member

Published Works


  • Pennsylvania Young Lawyers, At Issue “Third Circuit Court of Appeals Imposes Arbitrary Standard in FMLA Case” (Fall 2015)
  • Allegheny County Bar Association, Lawyers Journal “Paid Sick Days Act requires employers to provide paid sick time” (Sep. 18, 2015)



Speaking Engagements


  • GovExec Daily Podcast: Federal Employees, the Hatch Act and Protests, Jun. 10, 2020.