Partner, Al Tamimi & Company
Sara regularly advises and represents clients in arbitration and arbitration-related court proceedings, including recognition, enforcement and set aside proceedings. She also sits as an arbitrator and acts in mediation proceedings, both as mediator and counsel.
She was the first MENA-based woman to be elected to serve on the Board of Directors of ArbitralWomen in 2018, a Paris-based NGO founded in 1993 seeking to promote women in arbitration.
Sara is a member of several professional organizations. She is appointed as a Member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration & ADR and serves as a Track Leader on its Task Force on Arbitration & ADR. Sara is appointed as an IBA Officer of the IBA Arab Regional Forum as well as a Member of the IBA Subcommittee on International Arbitration Case Law. Sara has been recently appointed as an expert member of the DIFC Courts’ Arbitration Division Working Group.
Sara is featured in Who’s Who Legal – Arbitration (2021) and has been selected as the recipient of the Middle East Rising Star Lawyer of the Year Award (2019) by The Association of Corporate Counsel, the American Lawyer and the Legal Week (UK).
Sara is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Université Paris II – Panthéon-Assas where she lectures on comparative judicial systems (civil law and common law) and Islamic law.
Sara holds an LL.B. in French and Lebanese Law from the University of Saint Joseph (USJ), a M.A. in International Business Law from the University of Paris, a M.S. in Finance and Management from the ESSEC Business School in Paris and a Master of Laws (LL.M.) from Harvard Law School. Sara is admitted to the New York, Paris and Beirut Bars. She speaks English, French and Arabic.