Sara Bellin is an associate in Ropes & Gray’s litigation and enforcement practice group. Sara’s practice covers a broad range of complex commercial litigation and government investigations. In particular, she represents clients in shareholder litigation, securities litigation, deal-related litigation, complex commercial disputes, and employment litigation. She also represents clients in investigations by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and other financial regulatory agencies. Sara has experience at all stages of litigation, including motion practice, discovery, and trial. Sara’s clients have included private equity firms, public companies, pharmaceutical companies, and individual officers and directors. Sara also maintains an active pro bono practice, with a focus on the representation of incarcerated persons and indigent criminal defendants.
From 2019-2020, Sara left the firm to complete a clerkship with the Honorable Christina Reiss of the United States District Court for the District of Vermont.
During law school, Sara was an executive article editor on the Harvard Law & Policy Review. She represented indigent criminal defendants as a member of the Harvard Criminal Justice Institute and served on the Executive Board of the Harvard Prison Legal Assistance Project, a student-run practice organization that provides representation to Massachusetts state prisoners in disciplinary proceedings and parole hearings. She also interned at the Civil Division of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.
- Represents clients in shareholder derivative litigations alleging breaches of fiduciary duties in both federal and state courts, including the Delaware Court of Chancery.
- Represents clients in investigations by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and inquiries by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).
- Advises private equity clients on litigation risks associated with sales and acquisitions.
- Represents clients in various commercial disputes, including breaches of leases, employment agreements, and other contracts.
- Secured complete dismissal of securities class action claims against biopharmaceutical company and individual officers alleging violations of federal securities laws.
- Represented pharmaceutical company in multi-year investigation by the Department of Justice and state agencies into Anti-Kickback Statute and False Claims Act allegations.
- Represented incarcerated transgender individual in proceedings against the Massachusetts Department of Corrections alleging violations of her constitutional rights in connection with her housing and medical care.
- Co-Author, “Unanswered Questions Following the Supreme Court’s Holding in ‘Lucia v. SEC’,” Bloomberg BNA’s Securities & Capital Markets (June 28, 2018)
- JD, cum laude, Harvard Law School, 2017; Executive Article Editor, Harvard Law & Policy Review
- BA (Psychology & Sociology), summa cum laude, New York University, 2012; Phi Beta Kappa
Admissions / Qualifications
- Massachusetts, 2017
- U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts