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Sarah Fulton Hutchins

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Sarah Hutchins is a litigator with experience in commercial litigation and government investigation defense. Sarah advocates for clients in disputes involving business torts and competition law claims, as well as other general commercial disputes. She has significant litigation experience that includes appearance at trial and in large-scale government investigations, including the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Federal Trade Commission, and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. She is also knowledgeable in the area of consumer privacy and protection laws, specifically in the area of data and cybersecurity law.

A seasoned litigator, Sarah is admitted to practice before the United States District Courts for the Western, Middle and Eastern Districts of North Carolina, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, and the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.

Outside of the courtroom, Sarah is a member of Parker Poe's Recruiting Committee and Community Service Committee. While at the William & Mary School of Law, she was a member of the Journal of Women and the Law and the William & Mary Moot Court Team.

Results By the Numbers

  • 0 Practice Areas included in Chambers 2013: America's Leading Lawyers for Business
  • 0 Parker Poe Attorneys Named 2015 NC Rising Stars

Featured Experience

  • Able to handle disputes in a variety of industries, including financial services, manufacturing, health care and others
  • Litigated numerous unfair competition, trade secret, and noncompete disputes with results that include entry of preliminary and permanent injunctions
  • Successfully defended a complex breach of contract allegation before the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Led representation of individual subpoenaed for grand jury testimony with regards to an investigation by a U.S. Attorney and the U.S. State Department
  • Represented an auto parts manufacturing company in an investigation conducted by the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice that resulted in no enforcement action being taken
  • Represented an asset management firm and its principals in a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) investigation that resulted in no enforcement action being taken despite criminal sentences levied against alleged co-conspirators
  • Represented numerous corporate and individual clients investigated by the DOJ and other enforcement agencies for financial and regulatory crimes, including alleged participation in Ponzi schemes             
  • Assisted national conglomerate in an SEC investigation that resulted in no enforcement action being taken
  • Counseled a hospital during a wide-scale state insurance investigation where no substantive sanctions were levied against the health care facility
  • Advised corporate and individual clients under investigation by consumer protection agencies, including the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
  • Defended a client in connection with a merger and acquisition questioned by the FTC, including participating in one of the only post-merger trials prosecuted by the FTC in recent years
  • Counseled companies on antitrust compliance and guided sales forces on appropriate competitive tactics
  • Counseled a national company on consumer protection privacy policies to ensure compliance with federal and state privacy regulations
  • Facilitated the export of significant amounts of data out of the European Union with regards to discovery in litigation
  • Coordinated response to data breach for a number of entities, including governmental and quasi-governmental entities
  • Prepared privacy policy for telephone applications in compliance with U.S. and European regulations
  • Advised company on affiliate marketing strategies and regulations regarding storage and sharing of customer and consumer information

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Honors & Awards

  • Business North Carolina magazine’s “Legal Elite” in Litigation, 2015; Young Guns, 2016-2017
  • Benchmark Litigation, Under 40 Hot List, 2016
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers Rising Star in Business Litigation, 2014-2017
  • North Carolina Lawyers Weekly "Leaders in the Law," Honoree, 2015
  • Mecklenburg County Bar Young Lawyer of the Year, 2014
  • William & Mary School of Law George Wythe Award for Distinguished Leadership, 2008
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ in Antitrust, Commercial Litigation, White Collar Criminal Defense      

Memberships

  • Blumenthal Performing Arts, Board of Trustees Apprentice, 2016-2017
  • McColl Center for Art + Innovation, Board of Directors, 2015-present
  • Humane Society of Charlotte, Board of Directors, 2015-present
  • Arts & Science Council, Leadership Training Program 2014-2015 Class; Young Donor Society
  • Mecklenburg County Bar, Board of Directors, 2014-present; Nonprofit and Client Pro Bono Committee, Finance Committee, Bar Centennial Committee, Bar Candidate Interview Committee, Young Lawyers Division Pro Bono Committee
  • Criminal Justice Act (CJA) Training Panel for the Western District of North Carolina, 2012-present
  • Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina, Board of Directors (Secretary, 2012-2014; Member, 2011-present); External Relations Committee, 2011-2016
  • Mecklenburg County Bar Leadership Institute, 2012
  • Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, Young Professionals
  • Women’s White Collar Defense Association
  • Chief Justice William H. Bobbitt American Inn of Court, Barrister