Sarah Chesteen is an Associate Attorney in the Civil Litigation and Labor Divisions at Goyette & Associates, Inc. Sarah’s practice consists of multiple areas of civil litigation including but not limited to employment conflicts, labor issues, writs of mandamus, wage and hour litigation, and administrative proceedings. She has extensive researching skills and an aptitude for writing. Sarah’s main focus is employment and labor law and she works hard to remain continually updated on the most recently issued decisions and employment and labor law topics. Sarah has worked at Goyette & Associates for the majority of her legal career, starting as a law clerk and then promoting to Associate Attorney after passing the California State Bar Exam on her first attempt. Sarah’s experience includes:

  • Public Employee Organization Representation
  • Medical Professional Licensure Defense
  • Administrative Proceedings
  • Employment Severance Agreements
  • Estate Planning and Distribution
  • Bankruptcy Proceedings and Trademark Law
  • Labor Law Issues

Sarah is determined to seek out the vital details that build the foundation for her cases, while keeping her client’s objectives at the front of her practice.  During law school, Sarah’s writing earned her a spot on the competitive “Top 5 Briefs” list in the First Year Moot Court Competition. She was also selected as the 2010 Peggy Browning scholarship recipient and McGeorge representative at the National Law Students Worker’s Rights Conference in Silver Spring, Maryland. Sarah co-authored an article published in the McGeorge California Initiative Review and presented her article to the California Initiative Forum. She was also a Certified Law Student at the McGeorge School of Law Community Legal Services, working alongside her classmates to draft estate planning documents and win an Administrative Hearing and Medicare Appeals Council proceeding on behalf of an elderly patient for her improper hospital discharge. For a more detailed look at Sarah’s background, please see below. 




  • Civil Litigation involving all types of Pre-Trial Motions and Proceedings such as Motions for Summary Judgment
  • Employment Discrimination, Harassment, Wrongful Termination and Hostile Work Environment Claims
  • Wage and Hour Violations under both Federal and California State Law
  • Employee Association Formation and Representation
  • Writs of Mandamus Enforcing Statutory Rights and Duties of Public Entities
  • Due Process Violations for Public Employment
  • Estate Planning and Distribution involving Complex Business and Estate Structures
  • Trademark Applications and Defense
  • Adversarial Complaints in Bankruptcy Proceedings


Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona

  • Bachelor of Science, Justice Studies
  • Graduated Cum Laude
  • Dean’s List
  • School of Justice and Social Inquiry – Award for Social Justice Contribution

University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

  • Juris Doctor
  • First Year Moot Court Competition – Top 5 Brief
  • Barrister’s Scholarship
  • Dean’s List
  • “Admirable Commitment” – Capital Commendation for Public Service


Rural Education and Access to the Law (REAL) Project

  • Provided legal assistance to seniors in rural communities

McGeorge Education Pipeline Mentoring

  • Mentored young students in the Sacramento area interested in social justice and the law


Capital Center for Government Law & Policy, University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law

  • ·         Proposition 21: Establishes $18 Annual Vehicle License Surcharge to Help Fund State Parks and Wildlife Programs and Grants Free Admission to All State Parks to Surcharged Vehicles. Initiative Statute,  California Initiative Review (Co-Author and Presented at California Initiative Forum 2009)


California State Bar – Employment and Labor Law Section

Eastern District of California

ABA Young Lawyers Division

California Young Lawyers Association