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sarah.jenkins​@FaegreBD.com

300 N. Meridian Street, Suite 2700

Indianapolis, Indiana 46204

D: +1 317 237 1347
F: +1 317 237 1000

Education

Indiana University Maurer School of Law
J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, Federal Communications Law Journal (executive editor) (2006)
Indiana University, Bloomington
B.A. in Journalism, Political Science, French and Underwater Resource Management (2003)

Bar Admissions

Indiana

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

Languages

English French

Sarah Jenkins

Partner

Sarah Jenkins focuses her practice on commercial, appellate and probate litigation, including advising and representing corporate fiduciaries and charitable nonprofits in will contests, breach of fiduciary duty actions, inter vivos transfers, accounting contests, guardianships and commitment proceedings. She also has experience in antitrust and real estate disputes as well as cases involving breach of licensing/contract, fraudulent inducement, insurance coverage and other business matters. Sarah has experience in mediation, trial and before state and federal courts of appeal.

Sarah has represented a range of clients, including corporate fiduciaries, nonprofits, technology companies, insurance and financial entities, and individuals and families. She works closely with clients to understand their business and financial goals, which helps her achieve optimal results.

Fiduciary, Estate and Probate Litigation Experience

  • Markey v. Estate of Markey, 38 N.E.3d 1003 (Ind. 2015) — Represented a claimant in an action to enforce the terms of a contract between his father and stepmother that required the parties to make mutual wills and obtained reversal of a summary judgment dismissing his claim in the Indiana Supreme Court.  
  • In re Guardianship of David Stalker, 953 N.E.2d 1094 (Ind. Ct. App. 2011) — Represented Mr. Stalker in matter of first impression finding that the former guardian breached her fiduciary duty to Mr. Stalker and violated his due process rights.
  • JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., in trust and consumer matters
  • After death and injuries caused by a propane explosion, established guardianships for children whose parents were killed and other injured victims, and obtained approval of two settlement agreements on behalf of the guardianships and the decedent’s estate
  • Represented a youth services organization  in demonstrating to counsel for a pending estate that the organization was entitled to a bequest of tens of thousands of dollars
  • Represented charitable beneficiaries as claimants in the Melvin Simon will and trust contest and negotiated fulfillment of Mr. Simon’s charitable pledges
  • Represented bankruptcy trustee in pursuing a claim against a pending estate

Commercial Litigation Experience

  • Representing American Family Mutual Insurance Co. in a large, multidistrict antitrust litigation
  • Negotiated a favorable settlement for a diagnostic imaging company in a breach of software licensing agreement claim
  • Represented Genworth Financial for insurance litigation matters, including beneficiary and structured settlement disputes
  • Represented multiple churches and religious organizations in probate disputes as well as other litigation

Pro Bono

  • Representing individuals with mental health disabilities to protect constitutional due process rights, including achieving a successful ruling from the Indiana Court of Appeals that a court-appointed guardian is required to give an individual notice and opportunity to be heard before depriving him of property
  • Establishing guardianships

Guardianship Reform Work

Sarah is committed to reducing the abuses that unfortunately occur under guardianships. In addition to hundreds of pro bono hours for individuals under guardianships, she worked on a subcommittee of the Indiana State Bar Association’s Probate Review Committee to draft legislation (now codified in Indiana Code Section 29-3-9-6) requiring guardians to provide notices of accountings to an incapacitated person’s close family members. As a member of the ISBA’s Guardianship Registry Committee, she is working to develop an online registry of all Indiana guardians, which will provide for more oversight of guardians.

Honors

  • Indiana Lawyer Leadership in Law, 2016
  • Indiana Super Lawyers — Rising Star, Estate & Probate, 2016
  • Indiana State Bar Association — Outstanding Young Lawyer, 2013
  • Indy's Best and Brightest — Finalist, Law Category, 2013
  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Baker Benson Pro Bono Award, 2013
  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2012-15
  • Indianapolis Bar Association — Practicing Attorney Aiding Individuals Pro Bono Award, 2011
  • Moot Court Executive Board — Judge Coordinator
  • Indiana University School of Law — Order of the Coif, 2006
  • Indiana University — Wells Scholar, 1999-2003; Wendell Willkie, Beryl Showers and Clara
  • Jovan Goodbody Merit Scholarships, 2003; and Phi Beta Sigma and Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Societies

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Indiana State Bar Association — Probate, Trust & Real Property Section (Chair, 2014-15); Guardianship Registry Committee, 2011-present; Legal Ethics Committee, 2010-present; Improvements in the Judicial System Committee, 2010-14; Probate Review Committee; Litigation Section; and Appellate Practice Section
  • Indianapolis Bar Association — Bar Leaders Program, 2013-14
  • Indianapolis American Inn of Court

Civic Activities

  • Indiana State Bar Association — Elder Law Month Initiative, Coordinator for the Probate, Trust & Real Property Section, 2011 and 2012
  • Humane Society of Indianapolis — Board, 2014-present
  • Impact 100 of Greater Indianapolis — Environmental Focus Committee, 2010-12; Health and Wellness Committee, 2010-12
  • Hoosier Heartland Resource Conservation and Development Council — Executive Board, 2009-11 (Secretary, 2010)
  • Julian Center — Pro Bono Advisory Committee
  • Hank Heron Kids Club (Central Indiana Land Trust) — Founding member and feature writer
  • Wayne Township 4-H — Advisory Board, 2006-10
  • Indianapolis Zoo — Volunteer
  • Chapel Hill United Methodist Church

Clerkships

  • Indiana Court of Appeals, Hon. Paul Mathias, 2006-07

Presentations

  • Probate and Adult Guardianship Litigation
    Indianapolis Bar Association CLE, August 26, 2015
  • Probate Litigation in Indiana
    National Business Institute, December 16, 2014
  • Ethics and Social Media: What Attorneys Need to Know
    National Business Institute, December 20, 2011
  • Tax and Estate Planning — Focusing on Sunset of Tax Provisions Under EGTRRA and Strategies for Estate and Tax Planning in Times of Uncertainty
    Co-presenter with John Gardner, Hancock County Community Foundation, September 23, 2009
  • Pension Protection Act in Brief for Estate Planners
    Co-presenter with John Gardner, ICLEF, December 11, 2008

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