Sarah Sargent is a member of the Data Privacy & Cybersecurity and Technology & Digital Business practice groups. She holds the CIPP/US, CIPP/E and CIPM certifications from the International Association of Privacy Professionals, allowing her to draw from both domestic and international best practices when it comes to questions of data privacy.
Sarah’s practice focuses on assisting clients in implementing innovative technology and finding practical business solutions for privacy compliance. She counsels clients on privacy compliance with a variety of state, federal and international laws, including the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) and the New York Department of Financial Services Cybersecurity Regulation. Sarah’s understanding of these regulations allows her to advise companies seeking to implement entity-wide privacy programs, walking them through each step necessary to prepare for the next emergent privacy law.
She also advises clients on a variety of technology issues, including software licensing, vendor management, data breach prevention and SaaS and software development contracting. Additionally, Sarah assists in cybersecurity and privacy due diligence in mergers and acquisitions. Beyond preventative efforts, Sarah’s focus also includes data breach remediation and litigation in various industries, including healthcare, financial, non-profit, manufacturing and retail. She routinely works with opposing counsels, forensics experts, insurers and government regulators to resolve security incidents promptly and efficiently.
Prior to joining Godfrey & Kahn, Sarah worked at a large Milwaukee-based law firm where she routinely represented clients in data privacy compliance planning and data security breach response, including malware and ransomware attacks. Sarah has also worked on a range of commercial litigation matters in state and federal court.
Sarah enjoys volunteering in her community as a pro bono attorney with the Lotus Legal Clinic, an organization that assists survivors of sexual violence by providing legal advocacy, personal empowerment and educational services.
Admitted To Practice
United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois
United States District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
United States District Court, Western District of Wisconsin
Association for Women Lawyers
Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association
Milwaukee Bar Association
Code the Way, Board Member
Southern Wisconsin IAPP – Chapter Chair (2021 – 2023)
Named a 2018 "Up and Coming Lawyer" by Wisconsin Law Journal
Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM), CIPP/US and CIPP/E from the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)
Juris Doctor, University of Iowa College of Law, with distinction
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, University of Colorado at Denver, magna cum laude