Sara Talebian

Staff Attorney

Sara Talebian helps our Litigation Group handle clients' legal concerns. Sara is experienced in drafting internal and client-facing research memoranda on copyright, IT development, data privacy and security, and cross-border labor and employment litigation matters. She has drafted initial comments and response comments to proposed rulemakings at the U.S. Copyright Office and has drafted protective order motions, oppositions, and sentencing recommendations for criminal trials at the U.S. Attorney's Office in Washington, DC.

As both an attorney and a professional vocalist and vocal coach, she has a deep interest in how the law affects the music industry. In a prior role as a legal intern with the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), she helped draft RIAA's initial comment and response comments on the U.S. Copyright Office's rulemaking for online publication. She also researched and drafted member-facing documents on the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (Section 512) as well as right of publicity issues, and she tracked proposed bills on data privacy and security to advise members on data collection. As a summer clerk at the U.S. Copyright Office, she drafted internal and public-facing memoranda discussing the implementation of the Music Modernization Act. While in law school, Sara served as the editor-in-chief of and was published in the Administrative Law Review.

Credentials
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Education

  • J.D. cum laude American University, Washington College of Law 2021
    • Editor-in-chief, Administrative Law Review, 2020 – 2021
    • Summer law clerk, Office of General Counsel, U.S. Copyright Office, May – August 2020
    • Summer legal intern, General Crimes, Misdemeanors, U.S. Attorney's Office, June – August 2019
  • B.A. Management summa cum laude Berklee College of Music 2015

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Member, Copyright Society of the USA
  • Member, International Trademark Association
  • Member, ABA Intellectual Property Law
  • Member, ABA Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industry
  • Member, ABA Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice