Sarah Dunkley Australian lawyer Chicago Office
Sarah Dunkley

200 West Madison Street
Suite 2700
Chicago, Illinois 60606

Primary Practices

Sarah Dunkley is an experienced litigation attorney, having practiced in both federal and state courts in Australia and the United States in a variety of areas, including product liability matters, regulatory disputes, international arbitration, malpractice and professional liability actions, various class actions, construction litigation, insolvency/bankruptcy work, complex contract disputes and shareholder actions.

Sarah’s recent work and career interests have included:

  • Representation of various employer entities in enforcing restrictive covenants and trade secret violations
  • Monitoring and advising on the quickly shifting landscape of climate change legal challenges including though litigation filed in courts in the USA and globally, and in the governments’ responses passing legislation and regulations
  • Representation of a technology company in a legal malpractice trial that resulted in a record verdict in that jurisdiction

Prior to joining Hahn Loeser, she was a senior associate with The Patterson Law Firm, LLC, where she had extensive trial experience and motion practice in State and Federal Courts. Before relocating to Chicago, Sarah gained experience with two large law firms, having spent three years as an associate with the litigation team at Squire Patton Boggs in Western Australia and four years as a litigation associate with Ashurst LLP, a multinational law firm with approximately 1600 attorneys.

After completing an LLM degree in International Comparative Law from the Robert H. McKinney School of Law where she was on the Dean’s list, Sarah gained experience in commercial litigation and class action disputes as a judicial extern at the Marion County Court in Indiana, and as a law clerk at Cohen and Malad, LLP.

Sarah started her legal career as the judicial clerk to the Hon. Justice Michael Murray at the Supreme Court of Western Australia.

Professional History

  • Partner, Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP, 2021 – present
  • Senior Associate, The Patterson Law Firm, LLC, 2018 – 2021
  • Senior Associate, Squire Patton Boggs, 2015-2018
  • Law Clerk, Cohen and Malad LLP, 2013-2014
  • Associate, Ashurst, Perth, Australia, 2012 – 2014
  • Judicial Clerk, Hon. Justice Michael J. Murray, Supreme Court of Western Australia, 2010-2012



LLM International and Comparative Law, Indiana University, Robert H. McKinney School of Law, 2014

Honors & Activities: Dean’s List; Research Assistant


LLB (Bachelor of Laws) and B.A. in Psychology, Murdoch University, 2009

Honors & Activities: Editor, Murdoch Student Law Journal, Student Council Member, Moot Court Bench


Bar Admissions

State of Illinois, 2018


Northern District of Illinois, 2018


Northern District of Illinois Bankruptcy Court,7th Court of Appeals, 2019


Central District of Illinois Bankruptcy Court, 2021


High Court of Australia, 2015


Supreme Court of Western Australia, 2011


Memberships & Affiliations

AAJ International Practice Group Editor, 2021


Lawyers Assistance Program (LAP) volunteer


American Bar Association


Illinois State Bar Association


Western Australian Women Lawyers Association


Youth International Arbitration Group member


Anglo-Australasian Lawyers Society Western Australia


Arts Law Centre of Australia member


American-Indianapolis Inn of Court Alumni group member


Robert H. McKinney School of Law Alumni Group