Sara Berkeley Churchin

Sara Churchin is a top-rated attorney who focuses her practice on civil litigation and appellate law. Her experience includes managing a caseload in the civil appellate division of a large national law firm in a variety of practice areas, including civil defense, products liability and professional liability. Prior to entering private practice, Sara was a briefing attorney for Justice Phil Johnson of the Texas Supreme Court. She was named a Texas Super Lawyers Rising Star from 2018-2021, a Best Lawyers Ones to Watch in 2021-present, and a 2023 Texas Super Lawyer in Appellate Law.

Phone: ‭(512) 615-1220‬

Professional Background

Professional & Community Activities

Professional Background


  • Obtained mandamus relief for a medical provider from the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in a medical liability case on an issue of first impression concerning proper venue
  • Secured the reversal of a divorce and custody order in an appeal before the Third Court of Appeals on grounds of insufficient evidence
  • Achieved reversal of an excessive ad litem fee award based on insufficient evidence for a major international product manufacturer facing constant excessive ad litem awards
  • Obtained summary judgment on three out of five causes of action in a multimillion-dollar commercial dispute relating to the transfer of a large automotive dealership
  • Handled the motion practice of numerous high-value civil litigation cases, including the drafting of special appearances, motions for summary judgment, Daubert motions, motions in limine, and jury charges

Awards & Recognition

  • Texas Super Lawyers, Appellate Law, 2023
  • Best Lawyers, Ones to Watch, 2021-present
  • Texas Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2018–2021
  • St. Mary’s School of Law, GOLD Council Honoree, 2019

Admitted to Practice

  • Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Southern and Western Districts of Texas


  • St. Mary’s University School of Law, San Antonio, Texas
    - J.D., 2010, magna cum laude
    St. Mary’s Law Journal, Staff and Executive Editor
    - Caroline L. Reynolds Endowed Scholarship Recipient
  • Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas
    - B.A., English, 2005, summa cum laude
    - Mitte Honors Program

Professional & Community Activities

  • State Bar of Texas
    - Appellate Section
    - Litigation Section
  • Austin Bar Association
    - Civil Appellate Section
  • San Antonio Bar Association
    - Appellate Section
    - Litigation Section
  • Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit
  • William S. Sessions American Inn of Court

Practice Areas