Sara Gourley is "a market leader" according to sources, who add she is "known for her loyal clientele, tremendous experience and professional leadership”.
Sara Gourley is a member of the product liability practice in Sidley Austin’s Chicago office. She has substantial experience in the defence of pharmaceutical and medical device product liability litigation with special focus on multi-jurisdictional coordination and defence of class actions. Sara has acted in leading defence roles for clients in many of the pharmaceutical industry’s most significant litigations, including her current role as lead counsel for Smith & Nephew in multi-district litigation relating to hip implants.
Sara is consistently recognised for her product liability work by the industry’s leading rankings and publications. She is currently recognised as a Thought Leader in WWL: Thought Leaders for her work both in product liability defence and life sciences, and is also on WWL’s Global Elite list. In 2016, she was honoured as the Product Liability Lawyer of the Year at the Who’s Who Legal Awards. Sara is ranked in band 1 of Chambers USA for nationwide product liability and mass torts.
Sara served on Sidley’s executive committee for more than 15 years. She is a member of the American Bar Association, the Illinois Bar Association, the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) and the Defense Research Institute and she is the chair of DRI’s drug and medical device committee. Sara received her law degree from the University of Illinois where she served on the Law Review, and graduated cum laude from Ripon College.