A passionate practitioner, Sarah Odion Esene helps clients establish and advance their businesses through virtually all means of corporate transactions. She works to understand clients’ business operations, ownership structure and market position in order to steer them toward their management goals.
Sarah analyzes legal issues in entity formation, assists in drafting a range of entity agreements and documents, and guides clients through defining and negotiating contract terms.
Prior to joining Barnes & Thornburg full-time, Sarah was a law clerk for the firm and for another Boston firm. Before law school, she spent two years as a legal administrative assistant for a global law firm based out of Washington, D.C. and was a legislative intern for a member of the Texas House of Representatives.
Sarah is dedicated to diversity and inclusion and has been since she was an undergraduate, which is evidenced in the organizations she connected with and continues to be a part of.
Driven to help those in need, Sarah began her pro bono efforts by serving as a student attorney at the Prisoner’s Rights Clinic during law school, where she helped client obtain parole.
Professional and Community Involvement
Board member, National Pre-Law Diversity Initiatives, Inc.
Advisor, The University of Texas at Austin’s Black Law Students Association Pre-Law Division
Former student attorney, Prisoner’s Rights Clinic
Former tax preparer, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program
Former mentor and tutor, Soul Tree, D.C. Department of Child and Family Services
Variety Magazine Dealmakers Impact Report, 2023
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Lawyers of Color Hot List, 2023
Lawyers Of Color Diversity Issue, 2023