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Sarah Klein

Sarah Klein is a widely respected attorney and advocate who exclusively represents survivors of sexual abuse. A former competitive gymnast, Sarah is the first known victim of former Olympic women’s gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar.

“As a survivor of child sexual abuse, I not only understand the intricacies of the law but also the intricacies of walking survivors through the legal process with empathy and compassion. Done right, the legal process will leave a survivor better off than how we met them. Survivors' voices matter. It is an honor to walk beside them in this process.”

At the 2018 ESPY Awards, Sarah accepted the Arthur Ashe Courage Award on behalf of herself and the hundreds of other survivors who spoke out and testified about Nassar’s abuse. Sarah was an important survivor voice in securing a $500 million settlement with Michigan State University and $380 million settlement with USA Gymnastics.

Sarah has become one of the country’s leading voices on sexual abuse. In 2023, CBS This Morning profiled Sarah in a “Note to Self,”. Past change-makers profiled in the Note to Self series include former President Jimmy Carter, President Joe Biden, Oprah Winfrey, and Michelle Obama.

Additionally, author Katherine Schwarzenegger Pratt profiled Sarah in her New York Times Bestseller “The Gift of Forgiveness.” Sarah appeared in the number #1 show on Netflix, Cheer (Season 2, Ep.5) alongside her clients bringing the topic of sexual abuse to the forefront of the series. She is seen regularly on television, radio, and in print media including The New York Times, The Washington Post, ESPN, NBC, CBS, ABC, Fox, NPR, and USA Today.  

Sarah is a regular op-ed contributor, most recently:

  • Baltimore archdiocese's bankruptcy threat a 'smoke screen' in sexual abuse scandal (Baltimore Sun)
  • The Kamila Valieva case shows yet again that the International Olympic Committee is betraying teen athlete (The Guardian)
  • As Pennsylvania lawmakers stall, child sex abuse victims suffer (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Sarah is a fierce advocate for statute of limitations reform. She regularly testifies in front of state legislative bodies and was among the small group of key and notable people invited to the Child Victims Act bill signing in New York State in February 2019.

Klein has also taken to the Ted Talk stage, receiving a standing ovation for her widely viewed talk “Being Victim 125.” Her weekly podcast Bar Fights: Talking On Issues that Matter can be found on Apple Podcasts, iHeartMEDIA, Audacy and Stitcher.

Sarah has two daughters and works every day to leave the world safer than how she found it. It is the honor of her lifetime to represent survivors.

Verdicts & Settlements

  • Part of the $490M settlement between the University of Michigan and attorneys of more than 1,000 survivors of the abuse of sports team doctor Robert Anderson.
  • Confidential settlement with South Orangetown Central School District in New York under the Child Victims Act, on behalf of multiple victims of Albert Michael Andrew, their track and field coach at Tappan Zee High School.
  • Confidential settlement with the YMCA in New York under the Child Victims Act, on behalf of two victims of a youth services counselor, Tyrell Sinclair.


  • Columbia University, A.B. 2002
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Global Entrepreneurship program, 2014

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • Arizona State Bar
  • Minnesota State Bar
  • Montana State Bar
  • New York State Bar (pending)
  • Board Member Child US Advocacy
  • Board Member Sports Equity Lab
  • Board Member Montgomery Child Advocacy Project

Honors & Awards

  • Day One Voice of Courage Award June 2023
  • SUCCESS Magazine, Inaugural Woman of Influence July 2022
  • The Jordan Center Resilience and Advocacy Award
  • The Barbara and John Jordan Center for Children of Trauma and Domestic Violence Education October 2021
  • Child USA, Child Protector Award, November 2018
  • Arthur Ashe Courage Award, ESPY Awards, July 2018