Sara Berkeley Churchin

Sara Churchin is a top-rated attorney whose practice centers 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, product liability, construction law, first-party insurance & medical and professional liability, with a particular focus on petition practice in the Supreme Court of Texas. Before 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 Texas Super Lawyer in Appellate Law in 2023–present. Sara volunteers on an ongoing, pro bono basis for the “Don’t Bully Me Project.” The DBM Project helps connect families of minors experiencing bullying to cost-free civil legal representation and support through the San Antonio Legal Services Association’s (SALSA’s) partnership with David’s Legacy Foundation. Learn more about the DBM Project.

Email: [email protected]
Phone: ‭(512) 615-1220‬

Professional Background

Publications & Presentations

Professional & Community Activities

Professional Background


  • Handles all aspects of appellate strategy support from the outset of civil litigation to final appellate review, including dispositive-motion practice, drafting of special appearances, Daubert motions, motions in limine, jury charges, pre- and post-trial briefing, and appellate motions and briefs.
  • Assists clients in a variety of statewide policy matters by drafting legislative memoranda for circulation during legislative session amongst members of the Texas Senate and House of Representatives.
  • Maintains an active pro bono docket; has provided pro bono assistance to The Texas Appleseed Project, the National Alliance of Mental Illness, and represents parents of school-aged children through SALSA’s & David’s Legacy Foundation’s “Don’t Bully Me Project.”
  • Notable appellate results:
    – 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.

Awards & Recognition

  • Texas Super Lawyers, Appellate Law, 2023-present
  • 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


  • 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

Publications & Presentations

  • The New Texas Business Court CLE Presentation (Justice Jeff Boyd & Amy Prueger, Co-Presenters), San Antonio Bar Association, Sept. 2023; El Paso Bar Association, Jan. 2024; Advanced Civil Trial Course, upcoming, Dallas, July 2024; Houston, Oct. 2024
  • The New Texas Business Court CLE Presentation (Marcy Greer, Co-Presenter), William S. Sessions American Inn of Court, San Antonio, Jan. 2024
  • Appellate Triage: Interlocutory Appeals & Mandamuses, Handling Your First (or Next) Civil Appeal CLE Presentation (Elizabeth G. “Heidi” Bloch, Co-Presenter), TexasBarCLE, Austin, Apr. 25, 2024
  • Major Issues, Questionable Doctrine: West Virginia v. EPA, Paul Sarahan, Co-Author, (forthcoming 2024–25)
  • Tips for Drafting Rule 11 Settlement Agreements, Austin Lawyer, 2019
  • TCPA Procedures: Statutory Requirements & Open Questions (Amanda G. Taylor, Co-Author), The Advocate , Texas 2018
  • “What Happened?”: Confronting Confrontation in the Wake of Bullcoming, Bryant, and Crawford, (Hon. Dib Waldrib Co-Author), 43 St. Mary’s L.J. 1, 2011
  • The BAPCPA’s Restriction on Attorney-Client Speech in the Fifth & Eighth Circuits: Worth Saving or Destroying?, Comment, 41 ST. MARY’S L.J. 351, 2010

Professional & Community Activities

  • State Bar of Texas
    – Appellate Section
    – Litigation Section
  • Austin Bar Association
    – Civil Appellate Section
  • San Antonio Bar Association
    – Appellate Practice Section
    – LGBT Law Section
    – Litigation Section
  • Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit
  • Travis County Women Lawyers Association
    – Board of Directors
    – Grants Coordinator Co-Chair
  • William S. Sessions American Inn of Court—San Antonio, Texas
  • San Antonio Legal Services Association & David’s Legacy Foundation, Volunteer
    – Intake & Pro Bono Attorney, Don’t Bully Me Project

Practice Areas