Sara O. Couch

Sara Couch represents institutional investors, government entities and consumers in securities and consumer fraud litigation. Sara also assists in the litigation of individual tobacco cases.


Prior to joining Motley Rice, Sara served as a law clerk with the North Carolina Department of Justice, where she researched and drafted briefs and memoranda regarding the False Claims Act and Stark Law for the North Carolina Medicaid Civil Enforcement Division. She also investigated allegations of healthcare fraud and presented findings to the division. 

During law school Sara was a certified student practitioner with the University of North Carolina Civil Litigation Clinic. As a student practitioner, Sara represented clients in administrative hearings, obtaining successful outcomes and needed relief. She also represented several inmates in an action against the North Carolina prison system, conducting depositions and assisting in obtaining a preliminary injunction against the prison. 

While attending the University of North Carolina School of Law, Sara competed in the Kilpatrick Townsend 1L Mock Trial Competition and was awarded best oral advocate during the preliminary round. She was a staff member of the First Amendment Law Review and was a member of the Carolina Law Ambassadors. 

Sara also volunteered with Legal Aid of North Carolina, assisting advocates for Children’s Services with a school-to-prison pipeline project by researching education policy issues, North Carolina case law and education data to be used in education litigation. Sara completed a total of 50 hours of pro bono service while a student at UNC School of Law.

An avid rower, Sara was a varsity member of the NCCA Division-I Duke University’s rowing team and is a classically-trained pianist.


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  • J.D., University of North Carolina School of Law, 2013
  • A.B., Duke University, 2009

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  • Florida
  • South Carolina


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Corporate Takeover Litigation

When directors and officers of a public company decide to undertake a corporate transaction such as a merger, acquisition or leveraged buyout, we work with company shareholders to help maximize share value and to avoid conflicts of interest and corporate waste, providing them with the information needed to cast an informed vote.

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