Sara Ghadiri is an associate Chapman’s Banking and Financial Services Department and Litigation Group. She also serves as the firm's Pro Bono Counsel. Sara participated in Chapman's summer associate program in 2013 and joined the firm in 2014.


Sara concentrates her practice on the representation of financial institutions in consumer finance, trusts and estates, bank defense, contracts, employment, bankruptcy, and other types of litigation, and frequently represents financial institutions, corporations, and individuals in federal and state courts. Sara's experience includes assisting clients in litigation, arbitration, mediation, and settlement. In addition, Sara has trial experience in both state and federal court. Sara was recently part of a team that successfully defended against a $1.2 million damages claim in a highly technical jury trial.


Sara also advises clients on consumer and institutional regulatory compliance matters related to CFPB, OCC, FDIC, and Federal Reserve regulations. Among other regulations and statutes, Sara provides consumer protection advice with respect to:

  • Equal Credit Opportunity Act
  • Fair Credit Reporting Act
  • Fair Debt Collection Practices Act
  • Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act
  • Telephone Consumer Protection Act
  • Truth in Lending Act
  • Unfair, Deceptive, or Abusive Acts or Practices (UDAAP)
  • Various state consumer fraud and anti-predatory lending laws


As part of her work as the firm’s Pro Bono Counsel, Sara volunteers with several legal aid organizations that provide legal aid to low-income individuals throughout the Chicago area. Sara has worked on matters related to family law, immigration, pro se advice, small businesses, copyright, adoption, guardianship, orders of protection, legislation, impact litigation, wills and advanced directives, and others in both state and federal court. Sara also helps coordinate pro bono efforts throughout the firm and in cooperation with firm clients.

In addition, Sara is the Assistant Director of LegalTrek, which is a collaboration between the Chicago Committee for Minorities in Large Law Firms and DePaul University College of Law. LegalTrek’s mission is to diversify the legal profession by encouraging and supporting college students from historically underrepresented racial/ethnic minority groups, as well as socioeconomically disadvantaged students, LGBT students, and disabled students, to attend law school.

While in law school, Sara worked as a student legal intern with the University of Iowa Clinical Law Program, where she worked in the domestic violence, immigration, general civil, and family representation practices.


Honors & Awards

  • Illinois Wesleyan University’s 2020 Robert M. Montgomery Outstanding Young Alumni Award
  • American Bar Association Free Legal Answers Pro Bono Leader, 2018 and 2019
  • National Immigrant Justice Center's Rising Star Award, 2019
  • Illinois Jaycees's The Outstanding Young Persons of Illinois, 2019
  • LAF (currently Legal Aid Chicago) Order of Protection Litigation Project's Volunteer of the Year, 2018
  • Chapman and Cutler LLP's Pro Bono and Volunteer Achievement Award, 2017
  • Boyd Service Award, 2014
  • Antonia "DJ" Miller Award for Advancement of Human Rights, 2014
  • Michelle R. Bennett Client Representation Award, 2014
  • Dean's Award for Legal Analysis, Writing, and Research II, 2012


The University of Iowa College of Law, J.D. 2014

  • Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Transnational Law and Contemporary Problems
  • American Bar Association Judicial Intern Opportunity Program Intern to the Honorable Judge Ruben Castillo

Illinois Wesleyan University, B.A., Political Science and Philosophy, magna cum laude, 2010

  • Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms LegalTrek Scholar



U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit 

U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Trial Bar


Chicago School of Violin Making

  • Board of Directors

Iranian-American Bar Association



Jump to Page