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

  • Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Transnational Law and Contemporary Problems

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. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Trial Bar


Iranian-American Bar Association



Sara Ghadiri is an associate in Chapman’s Banking and Financial Services Department and Litigation Group.

Sara concentrates her practice on the representation of financial institutions in commercial foreclosure, bankruptcy, and employment law matters, and frequently represents financial institutions, corporations, and individuals in federal and state courts. Sara's experience also includes assisting clients in litigation, arbitration, settlement, and compliance with federal and state laws, including the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, and the Fair Labor Standards Act, among others.

In addition, Sara has trial experience in both state and federal court, and is a member of the Trial Bar of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Sara was recently part of a team that successfully defended against a $1.2 million damages claim in a highly technical jury trial.

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. She served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Deborah Farmer Minot of the Sixth Judicial District Court of Iowa. Sara was also selected to take part in the ABA Judicial Intern Opportunity Program, where she interned for the Honorable Ruben Castillo of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Sara was also a Paul Simon Research Fellow for the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform.

As part of her pro bono work, Sara volunteers with the Legal Assistance Foundation’s Orders of Protection Litigation Project to assist survivors of domestic violence in getting no-contact and stay-away orders.

Sara is also 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.

She participated in the firm's summer associate program in 2013 and joined the firm in 2014.


Honors & Awards

  • 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