Sarah P. Spruill

Shareholder  |  Greenville

Meet Sarah

Sarah Spruill focuses on business and commercial matters and complex litigation, including shareholder disputes and municipal litigation. Sarah represents financial institutions, utilities, manufacturers, individuals and governmental entities. She has devoted much of her practice to the defense of corporate officers and directors in connection with litigation and government investigations. She has represented corporations in various types of litigation, including securities claims, dissenters’ rights actions and commercial disputes. Sarah also has extensive experience in land use and condemnation matters.

She especially enjoys appellate practice and has handled a broad array of appeals, ranging from real property and estate disputes to banking, utilities, construction, governmental litigation, personal injury and product liability actions in addition to matters stemming from contract and business litigation.

Before joining Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, Sarah spent two years as a law clerk to the Hon. Kaye G. Hearn, then chief judge for the South Carolina Court of Appeals. She likens that experience to having “an extra two years of law school with a very small class and an excellent professor.”

EXPERIENCE

  • •  Prevented class certification at trial level and on appeal in an action alleging widespread property damage as a result of blasting activity
  • •  Assisted in upholding on appeal the grant of summary judgment to a manufacturer in a products liability action
  • •  Represented the board of directors and officers of a failed bank who were sued in a class action shareholder case
Education
  • University of South Carolina, J.D., magna cum laude, 2000
  • University of South Carolina Honors College, B.A., magna cum laude, 1997
Admissions
  • South Carolina, 2000
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 2004
  • U.S. District Court, South Carolina, 2002
Honors and Awards
  • The Best Lawyers in America© Commercial Litigation (2019-2021)
  • South Carolina Super Lawyers® “Rising Stars” Appellate (2013-2015)
  • Order of the Coif
  • Order of the Wig and Robe
  • South Carolina Law Review
Professional and Civic Activities
  • Centre Stage South Carolina, Board of Directors (2015-2017)
  • South Carolina Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics Alumni Association, Founding Member, Board Member (2007-2010, 2013-2016), President (2007-2008)
  • Greenville County Bar Association
  • South Carolina Bar
  • Leadership Columbia, Class of 2010
  • Leadership Greenville, Class 39
Presentations and Publications
  • "S.C. Appellate Practice and the Coronavirus Emergency,” HSB Blog, March 25, 2020
  • “A Primer on Gas and Electric Eminent Domain Rights & Condemnation Procedures,” Client CLE Seminar, Charlotte, NC, February 25, 2020
  • “Federal Condemnation Practice” and “Evaluating the Strengths and Weaknesses of a Condemnation Case; Landowner Perspective vs. Condemnor Perspective,” (Panelist), The Law and Litigation of Eminent Domain Cases in South Carolina CLE, Columbia, SC, February 18, 2020
  • "Keeping the Walls Up: Tips for Avoiding Amalgamation," HSB 2018 Corporate Law for Accountants Seminar Series
  • “Local Government Litigation Update – Impact Fee Litigation, Opioid Litigation (State and Federal) and FOIA," South Carolina Association of County Attorneys Annual Meeting, Hilton Head Island, SC, August 5, 2018
  • “Enacting Fees by Local Governments,” Greene, Finney & Horton and Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd Financial and Legal Update Conference, April 26, 2017