Sarah E. Baron Houy

Partner
Education: 

J.D., University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, top 25% (2006)

B.S. Business Administration (Marketing Emphasis), University of South Dakota, cum laude (2002)

Admissions: 
South Dakota, Missouri, U.S. District Court of South Dakota, Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, United States Supreme Court.

Sarah is a partner in our Sioux Falls office, but she spent her first 11 years of practice in our Rapid City office.  Sarah practices in a wide variety of settings, including employment disputes, civil rights cases, general civil litigation, federal criminal defense, and family law.  She has significant experience with trial work, mediations, arbitrations, and appellate advocacy.  She is a member of the Access to Justice Panel and the Criminal Justice Act Panel, providing pro bono and court-appointed assistance to indigent persons who are involved in civil disputes or have been charged with a federal crime.  

Sarah holds an AV Rating from Martindale-Hubbell.  She has been the recipient of multiple awards, including Pro Bono Attorney of the Year (PCBA, 2010-2011) and Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year (PCBA, 2016).   She is active in the State Bar and serves on the Labor & Employment Law Committee, the Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers Committee, and is co-chair of the Legal Services Committee.  She has guest lectured for numerous law-related undergraduate courses and regularly serves as a faculty member for National Business Institute at employment and labor-related legal seminars.  

While in law school at Mizzou, Sarah served as a Research Assistant for an endowed, tenured law professor, and she spent most of her free time conducting research on matters related to judicial review, FOIA, National Security Information Classification, Executive Privilege, and the First Amendment.  She received numerous awards for her academic accomplishments, including high achievements in Estates and Trusts, Business Organizations, Insurance, and Trial Practice.  After law school, Sarah spent a year clerking for the Fifth Judicial Circuit in northeast South Dakota before joining Bangs McCullen.  Outside of the office, Sarah enjoys cooking, working out, and spending time with family.