Nixon Peabody LLP
Sarah Erickson André is a litigator who represents clients facing business disputes all over the world. Sarah focuses in representing clients in high-profile appeals, art restitution claims, and in prominent class action cases.
What do you focus on?
I focus my practice on three main areas:
I enjoy the challenge of creating a strategy for a case on appeal – this can be the difference between winning and losing for a client. I review trial court records and make assessments based on both current and emerging legal principles to craft arguments likely to be successful on appeal. I was recently involved in a precedent-setting win for a financial services client facing a putative student loan class action before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Art and Cultural Institutions Litigation
My experience involves artworks and cultural property allegedly confiscated or lost during times of conflict. Several of the matters I have handled have shaped the state of the law today and helped define the parameters of the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act. I am part of the team that won a decisive victory, as the district court recognized that Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection Foundation of Madrid, Spain, is the rightful owner of a masterpiece. I also represent the Republic of Hungary in a case of first impression in an action challenging Hungary’s possession of more than forty artworks.
General Commercial Litigation
I represent clients in complex commercial litigation matters in all industries. I have secured favorable results defending clients against a wide variety of claims, including: breach of contract, copyright and trademark infringement, unfair competition, breach of fiduciary duty and fraud.