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Sarah C. Otto

Sarah C. Otto

Associate

Kansas City

32 Corporate Woods
9225 Indian Creek Parkway, Suite 600
Overland Park, KS 66210-2000

T: 913.253.2195

sotto@foulston.com

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Sarah Otto is a member of Foulston’s litigation and employment practice group in the firm’s Kansas City office. Sarah’s practice includes employment disputes, commercial litigation, and data-privacy counseling. 

Sarah serves a wide range of clients in contract disputes, including global, regional, and local businesses. She represents businesses and employees in disputes involving breach of noncompete, nonsolicitation, and nondisclosure agreements. Sarah defends employers in litigation and administrative charges and helps employers review and develop employment policies with the goal of avoiding costly litigation. She is also a frequent contributor to the Midwest Employment Law Letter and the Kansas Employment Law Blog.

In her data-privacy counseling practice, Sarah helps clients understand, prepare for, and respond to data-protection challenges. She reviews and drafts privacy and data-security policies to help minimize potential legal exposure. Sarah also assists clients in responding to data-security breach incidents and determining data-breach notification and disclosure obligations

Sarah received her J.D. from the University of Kansas School of Law, where she honed her writing and advocacy skills by participating in three national moot court competitions and serving as an associate editor of the Kansas Law Review. Before attending KU, Sarah was a K-State Wildcat and competed nationally in collegiate policy debate.

In her free time, Sarah enjoys playing tennis, going to art museums, and walking her golden retriever. 

Education

  • University of Kansas School of Law (J.D., 2018)
    Order of the Coif; Rice Merit Scholar; Kansas Law Review, Associate Editor; CALI Excellence for the Future Awards: Contracts, Lawyering I, Lawyering II, Federal Indian Law, International Law and Literature; University of Kansas In-House Moot Court Competition, Champion; National Native American Law Student Association Moot Court Tournament
  • Kansas State University (B.S. in History and Political Science, cum laude, 2015)

Admissions

  • Kansas (2018)
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas (2018)
Professional Memberships, Affiliations, and Honors
  • American Bar Association
  • Kansas Bar Association
  • Johnson County Bar Association
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • The Earl E. O’Connor American Inn of Court
  • Kansas Association of Defense Counsel Young Lawyers Committee, Vice President
  • Junction City Chamber of Commerce, Crossroads of Leadership participant
Presentations

2021

  • Understanding Unconscious Bias and the Automatic Mind (Foulston Siefkin LLP, Corporate Counsel Series: Ethics and Elimination of Bias)
  • One Year In: A Look at the Latest COVID-Related Employment Law Issues and Developments (Foulston Siefkin LLP, Employment Law Institute Webinar Series)
  • Vaccinating the Workforce (Kansas State Council of SHRM, Employment Law and Employee Benefits Conference)
  • Anatomy of an Employment Lawsuit (IPMA-HR Kansas Chapter) 

2020

  • Once Upon a Time: Ethical Fairy (and Scary) Tales (Foulston Siefkin LLP, Corporate Counsel Series: Ethics 2020)
  • Employment Missteps in the COVID World (IPMA-HR Kansas Chapter)
  • Implicit Bias & Cultural Competency (City of Olathe)
  • Anatomy of an Employment Lawsuit (KS PRIMA)

2019

  • Nuts and Bolts of Ethically Using Expert Witnesses (Johnson County Bar Association, Civil Litigation Section)
Publications

2021

  • Lex Mundi Global Data Privacy Guide (2021 ed.), Author, Kansas Section
    - Lex Mundi

2020

  • The 19th Amendment: Commemorating 100 Years
    - Journal of the Kansas Bar Association, Vol. 89, No. 8
  • Is 'Ok, Boomer' Enough to Show Age Discrimination?
    - Midwest Employment Law Letter, Vol. 1, No. 6
  • U.S. Supreme Court Decides Kansas Identity Theft Case
    -Midwest Employment Law Letter, Vol. 1, No. 5
  • Weather and Work: Save This Article for a Rainy Day
    - Midwest Employment Law Letter, Vol. 1, No. 4

2019

  • Animals at Work: In-Fur-Mation for Employers
    -HR Daily Advisor, December 18, 2019
  • Arbitration Provisions Enforceable in ERISA Fiduciary Duty Cases
    -Kansas Employment Law Letter, Vol. 26, No. 7
  • Have a Plan to Address the Recognized Hazards of Workplace Violence
    - HR Daily Advisor, June 3, 2019
  • U.S. Supreme Court Will Hear Kansas Identity Theft Case
    - Kansas Employment Law Letter, Vol. 26, No. 3
  • Is it Time to Update your Parental Leave Policy?
    - Kansas Employment Law Blog
  • A Budding New Law: Medical Marijuana’s Impact Continues to Grow
    - Kansas Employment Law Letter, Vol. 26, No. 1