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University of Miami School of Law, J.D. 

University of Michigan, B.A. 

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan


Sara Lilley focuses her practice on the defense of insurance companies, self-insured corporations and businesses in a wide variety of civil litigation, including first-party auto No-Fault (PIP), third-party auto negligence, insurance coverage disputes, Michigan Assigned Claims Plan (MACP) Servicing Insurer Defense, and MACP Servicing Insurer Subrogation.

Her prior experience includes working on a massive oil spill class action which included wrongful death, personal injury, negligence, toxic tort claims, and maritime law. She was also a law clerk at an international law firm where she worked on guardianship cases, tax law, property law, and a Brazilian corporate dissolution. 

While a student-attorney at the Human Rights Clinic at the University of Miami, she helped develop a White Paper providing an international human rights framework for women’s economic rights in preparation for a judicial colloquium targeting Eastern and Southern African states. Her team identified regional judges and judicial practices that advanced women’s access to land, property, and employment. 

Professional Affiliations

Professional Affiliations

Member, Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce


Volunteer, Chaldean American Ladies of Charity

University of Miami School of Law
- Pro-Bono work at Catholic Legal Services in Miami, FL
- Middle Eastern Law Student Association
- Miami Law Women
- Student Attorney for the Human Rights Clinic

University of Michigan
- Dean of Students Advisory Board Member
- Kappa Alpha Pi Pre-Law Fraternity 
- University of Michigan Law School Clinical Law Program Mock Juror

News & Events

Awards & Recognition

Honors & Recognitions

University of Miami School of Law
- Dean’s Merit Scholarship
- HOPE Community Service Pro Bono Challenge for at least 75 hours of legal-related pro bono service

University of Michigan
- Dean’s List for GPA over 3.5
- Pi Sigma Alpha Honors Political Science Fraternity
- Dean of Students “Unsung Hero” Award 

Studies Abroad/Work Experience:

  • University of Geneva, Geneva Switzerland - Cultural Heritage Law with a focus on Iraqi Cultural Heritage and ISIS destruction
  • Sciences Po, Paris, France - European Law Studies and French Language studies
  • University of Oxford, Oxford England - English Literature and Landscape in Wales
  • Political Internship in Ottawa, Canada - Interned for the Parliamentary Secretary for Youth Affairs, Mr. Peter Schiefke, Member of Parliament
  • KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium - European Union Studies

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