Attorneys & Professionals

Sarah C. Spatafore

TEL: (617) 479-5000
EMAIL: sspatafore@mhtl.com

Ms. Spatafore is an associate attorney with the firm. She practices primarily in the labor and employment area, representing both public and private clients.  Ms. Spatafore also handles education issues.  Ms. Spatafore has represented clients before a number of courts and administrative tribunals at both the state and federal level.  She regularly conducts seminars and training programs on unlawful harassment, preventing discrimination, and a variety of other labor and employment issues.  Ms. Spatafore has completed all the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination-certified “Train-the-Trainer” courses.

Ms. Spatafore graduated from Bates College in 2007. Prior to attending law school, Ms. Spatafore spent a year working on a presidential campaign and then served as a presidential appointee at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in Washington, D.C.  She received her Juris Doctor, with Honors, from Boston College Law School in 2012. In law school, Ms. Spatafore interned at the Massachusetts Superior Court. As a law student, Ms. Spatafore was a member of the Jessup International Moot Court team.  The team won the Northeast Super Regional Competition and, in the Jessup Cup International Rounds, Ms. Spatafore individually placed 3rd among several hundred oralists. She was a co-recipient of the third year best oralist award at Boston College Law School.  Prior to matriculating with the firm, Ms. Spatafore worked for a presidential campaign as a law clerk and was sent to a targeted swing state to serve as the Election Day Operations Director for the general election.

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