Sarah Patterson has practiced law for 20 years and is a part of the Trust and Estate Planning Practice Group with the firm. Her focus is on estate, trust and tax matters for individuals, as well as entity formation and business planning. She also advises non-profit and tax-exempt organizations on formation, planning and tax issues.

Sarah has represented many varied estates over the years, including probate proceedings and trust administration. She has assisted the executor or trustee in distributing the estate or trust assets or implementing long-term planning created by the decedent’s Last Will and Testament or trust. Sarah has reviewed and advised preparers regarding fiduciary income tax returns for estates and trusts and has represented clients involved in estate or trust controversies, providing advice and counsel to individual and corporate fiduciary clients.  She has also represented beneficiaries in estate and trust controversies. 

Sarah is a Fellow by the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC). This appointment reflects her deep knowledge of trust and estate planning law and her positive reputation in the legal community.

Sarah has been named "Lawyer of the Year" by The Best Lawyers in America multiple times including in 2024 for her work in litigation and trust and estates. Prior to this, she received “Lawyer of the Year” recognition in 2021 for her work in nonprofit/charities law and 2020 for her work in Trust and Estates. 


  • New York University School of Law, LL.M., Taxation, 2001
  • University of Arkansas School of Law, J.D., summa cum laude, 2000
  • University of Arkansas, B.S.B.A., Accounting & Financial Management, 1997


  • Adjunct Professor, University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law 
  • Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC)
  • Certified Public Accountant (Inactive, Arkansas)
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, since 2009
    • Non-Profit/Charities Law
    • Trusts and Estates
    • Litigation - Trust and Estates
    • Named Lawyer of the Year
      • Litigation - Trust and Estates, Little Rock, 2024, 2018 and 2012
      • Non-Profits/Charities Law, Little Rock, 2017 and 2021
      • Trust and Estates, Little Rock, 2020
  • Listed in Arkansas Business 40 Under 40
  • Selected to the Mid-South Super Lawyers list, 2019
    • Rising Stars List, 2009-2014
  • Named in Arkansas Life Magazine's Top Attorneys list, 2018
  • Ranked in Chambers High Net Worth, Private Wealth Law, Arkansas, since 2017
  • Voted by the readers of AY Magazine for inclusion in the “Best Lawyers in Arkansas,” Trusts and Estates, 2018 

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Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, Fellow
  • Arkansas Bar Association
  • Arkansas Society of Certified Public Accountants
  • Arkansas Regional Organ Recovery Agency (ARORA), Treasurer
  • Pulaski County Bar Association


  • Arkansas, 2000