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Sarah Irving Gilbert came to Elliott, MacLean, Gilbert & Coursey as a Washington County native, having been born and raised in Machias, Maine. After graduating from Machias High School, Sarah received several scholarships to attend Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York, where she pursued a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. Throughout her time at Vassar, Sarah cultivated a love of learning and new experiences, achieving coveted internship positions at the International Association of Women Judges (Washington, D.C.), Holland & Knight, LLP (Boston) and the Citizen’s Jury Project / Harlem Children’s Zone (New York, New York). While in college, Sarah also studied abroad at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland’s first university, founded in 1413.
After Vassar, Sarah relished the chance to return to Maine for law school, attending the University of Maine School of Law on several additional scholarships. In law school Sarah was appointed by the Dean as the professor’s assistant for Constitutional Law, Legal Writing, and Torts, in addition to serving as the Casenote Editor for the Ocean and Coastal Law Journal, and a student-attorney at the Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic. Sarah graduated from Maine Law magna cum laude and received the school’s Pro Bono Publico Award for providing over 80 hours of pro bono service during law school. Sarah was then tapped by the Maine Supreme Court to serve as law clerk for the Hon. Donald G. Alexander.
Sarah credits her success in large part to her Downeast work ethic and exposure to the law at an early age: her mother, Rebecca Irving, has practiced law in Machias for over thirty years. Sarah is admitted to practice law in Maine, both in State and Federal Court, and concentrates her practice on family law, personal injury, and general civil litigation. She is the treasurer for the Knox County Bar Association, sits on the MSBA CLE Committee, and serves on the Town of Union Board of Appeals.
Sarah has been selected as a New England Super Lawyer's Rising Star in 2013, 2014, and 2015. The Rising Stars list is developed using the same patented multiphase selection process used for the Super Lawyers list. While up to 5 percent of the lawyers in a state are named to Super Lawyers, no more than 2.5 percent are named to Rising Stars.
Attorney Gilbert has been counsel of record on numerous appeals to the Maine Supreme Court on matters involving complex probate, criminal, and family matters. She has performed oral arguments before the Maine Supreme Court on a number of occasions. Additionally, Attorney Gilbert litigates on a regular basis before Maine's District and Superior Court, both before judges and juries --- trying complex divorce, personal injury, and real estate matters of all types. Attorney Gilbert has been a presenting speaker at Maine State Bar Association events such as Bridging the Gap and will be featured in an upcoming book about the practice of family law in Maine.
Sarah lives in Union, with her husband, Chris, and their two daughters, where they enjoy living on a dirt road and spending time outside.