Sarah A. W. Fitts is a corporate partner, a member of the Mergers & Acquisitions Group and Co-Chair of the firm’s Energy & Natural Resources Group. She has extensive experience representing a broad range of clients in the U.S. and globally. Her practice focuses on M&A transactions, projects and restructurings, as well as navigating the unique issues presented by joint ventures and other multi-party governance arrangements.
Ms. Fitts is a highly distinguished attorney who is a leader in her field. As one of National Law Journal’s 2016 Energy and Environmental “Trailblazers,” she is noted as a top lawyer who influences change in the areas of energy and environmental law. Additionally, her breadth of experience remains a point of distinction, as Chambers Global (2014-2017), praises her “sterling reputation” and “her extensive experience in M&A transactional, restructuring and projects work.” She is also recommended for her work in Project Finance by Legal 500 (2017). Ms. Fitts has been named Vice Chair, Special Publications for the Renewable, Alternative, and Distributed Energy Resources Committee (RADER) of the American Bar Association's Section of Environment, Energy and Resources. She has also been named a Fellow of the Energy Security Fellows Program, a leadership program established by Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE), a non-partisan organization that unites prominent military and business leaders to develop and advocate for policies that improve America’s energy security.
In addition to her corporate practice, Ms. Fitts has long been committed to public service, and she actively lends her expertise to a range of pro bono initiatives. These efforts have included work for a variety of organizations, including the Global LPG Partnership, an organization dedicated to solving one of the most intractable human health, climate and energy challenges in the developing world, the Global Development Incubator, and Harvard Law School’s “Free the Law” project.
Ms. Fitts serves as director on the board of Scenic Hudson Land Trust, a non-profit credited with launching the grass-roots environmental movement and winning the right of citizens to initiate lawsuits to protect their environment. She also serves in leadership roles for a wide range of professional organizations committed to exploring and addressing environmental and energy issues.
As a result of her longstanding commitment to public service, New York Law Journal recently listed her as one of its “Lawyers Who Lead by Example” for “demonstrating leadership through a career in public service or devotion to improving the legal system and the profession in New York.”
Ms. Fitts’ is a highly sought-after resource by media interested in the evolving issues presented by transactions involving energy and natural resource entities. Her published articles on these topics include “The ZEV’s Are Coming!,” New York Energy Week (June, 2015) and “New Ways to Manage Old Pension Liabilities,” Law360 (June, 2013).
Ms. Fitts received her B.A. magna cum laude in History and Oriental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania in 1987, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She received her M.A. in East Asian History from the University of Pennsylvania also in 1987 and her J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1990. Ms. Fitts reads and speaks Japanese.