Sara E. Pendleton

Of Counsel
Salt Lake City, Utah

Sara E. Pendleton is a member of the Commercial Litigation and Intellectual Property practice groups in Salt Lake City, Utah. She has extensive experience in complex litigation and resolution of intellectual property disputes. She handles filing, protection, and enforcement of intellectual property, including copyrights, trademarks, patents. She represents actions for defamation, rights of publicity, tortious interference with business relations, breach of contract, and claims arising from such activities. Her clients have ranged from Grammy award-winning artists to software and patent licensors to social media influencers. She negotiated licensing deals for play on Netflix, Hulu, and other platforms.

During law school, Ms. Pendleton clerked in several public and private sector positions, including with the Texas Attorney General, Brigham Young University general counsel, and an entertainment management firm. After law school, she exclusively handled entertainment negotiations and client matters. Her experience transitioned to intellectual property and she served a central role in drafting complaints, leading the discovery process, and drafting successful dispositive motions in dozens of intellectual property disputes. She successfully argued a fee motion in front of the U.S. Federal Circuit for her patent owner client. After leaving the firm, Ms. Pendleton ran her own practice where she helped small businesses and creators develop their businesses and navigate business and IP disputes.



J.D., J. Reuben Clark Law School, 2011

-Scholarship Recipient

-Moot Court semi-finalist

-Transactional lawyering competition semi-finalist

-Editor, International Law & Management Review

-VP Public Interest Law Foundation

-VP Women’s Law Forum

-VP Sports and Entertainment Law

B.A., Communications: Print Journalism, 2005

-Special sections reporter, San Antonio Business Journal

-Deseret News Intern

-Arts & Culture editor, The Daily Universe

-Music minor


Admissions, Associations, and Honors

Utah Supreme Court

U.S. District Court, Central District of Utah

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit


-Member, Salt Lake Board of Realtors

-Member, Women Lawyer’s of Utah

-Member, United Way of Salt Lake Women United

Community Involvement

-Volunteer Estate Planning Drafter, Wills 4 Heroes

-Adjunct Professor, Brigham Young University

-Paralegal Internship Coordinator, LDS Business College

-Adjunct Instructor, LDS Business College (Legal Research & Writing, Ethics, and Business Law)

-Rape Crisis Advocate, Utah Center for Women and Children in Crisis



Won critical opposition to motion for attorney’s fees in U.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals for patent infringement client

Never lost a motion to transfer or opposition to motion to transfer of the nearly dozen drafted

Won $500,000 settlement for author in copyright infringement suit

Negotiated nearly $500,000 worth of licensing deals for one client alone

Managed a film library of 1,000 films and negotiated licensing and sales agreements to make it profitable after bankruptcy

Successfully avoided numerous trademark and copyright lawsuits for my clients through negotiation