Meet Our Professionals

Sarah L. Ford

Of Counsel
Raleigh | 919.835.4507
Fax | 919.834.4564

Sarah Ford provides Title IX training and other legal services to colleges and universities. As an employment lawyer, Sarah has extensive experience handling sensitive issues such as claims of sexual harassment, racial bias, and disability discrimination. She brings this background to her work as a Title IX attorney, helping clients navigate the legal, practical, and ethical complexities of addressing sexual misconduct on campus.

Sarah is in high demand as a Title IX trainer, having provided programs at campuses large and small for administrators, faculty, staff, students, and boards of trustees. In addition to serving as a dynamic trainer, Sarah provides legal advice and counsel to colleges and universities as they develop Title IX policy and investigate and adjudicate Title IX incidents. In a wide range of contexts, Sarah also defends educational institutions from lawsuits brought by students or by employees and from inquiries conducted by state and federal agencies.

Sarah is also a past chair of Parker Poe’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee.

Representative Experience

  • Counseled clients on compliance and litigation concerning all forms of discrimination, including those prohibited by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Family and Medical Leave Act.
  • Assisted clients with human resources management training and counseling on various employer policies and “best practices” for supervisors.
  • Advised clients on wrongful discharge, retaliation, breach of contract, breach of covenants not to compete, and other claims arising out of the employment relationship.
  • Counseled clients on business-related immigration and visa law, including non-immigrant and immigrant matters and work authorization and documentation requirements such as the Form I-9 and E-Verify.
  • Assisted on internal investigations of allegations of sexual harassment and other inappropriate workplace behavior.
  • Advised clients on compliance, audit enforcement, and litigation concerning the North Carolina Wage and Hour Act and the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act.

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Honors & Awards

  • North Carolina Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2013
  • Triangle Business Journal’s 40 under 40, 2012


  • Equality North Carolina, Board of Directors, 2011-2016; Secretary, 2011-2014
  • Equality North Carolina Foundation, Board of Directors, 2011-2016; Secretary, 2011-2014
  • The Monti, Board of Directors, 2014