“Sarah Fay is accessible, efficient and knowledgeable!”
~Dean of Students, Independent School

“We are so relieved and pleased -- and grateful for the huge amount of work all of you have accomplished on our behalf.”
~ Head of School, Boarding School 

“Thanks again for your exceptional help and support!”
~ Head of School, Independent School

“Sarah did a fabulous job with the presentation. I'm grateful -- yet again -- to have such good partners in all of you whenever help is needed.”
~ Head of School, Independent School

“Thanks for today!!!! Loved the interactive cases…”
~ HR Director and Business Partner, Healthcare Company

Sarah H. Fay


Sarah H. Fay is a member of the Firm’s Education Group Practice and works on a variety of general legal areas covering student and parent issues, employment matters, non-profit governance and crisis management.

Sarah routinely advises the Firm’s education clients on best practices for admissions processes and enrollment contracts, responding to and investigating student interpersonal misconduct, disciplinary matters, health center audits, risk management strategies for off-campus trips, student records and confidentiality issues, and policies and practices for promoting an inclusive community. Sarah works closely with clients to develop policies that comply with applicable laws and reflect best practices while ensuring to maintain the unique voice and culture of each school.

As part of her practice, Sarah educates students and parents on healthy relationships, including the evolving definition of consent, bystander training, bullying and hazing, acceptable use of technology and social media, and other key issues students may confront. In addition, she provides training for faculty, staff and school administrators on topics ranging from professional boundaries, mandated reporting training, sexual assault, accommodating students with disabilities, and other pressing matters.

Sarah assists colleges and universities with policies and procedures affecting students and employees, including student complaint procedures and Title IX compliance. Sarah also represents schools against breach of contract, consumer protection claims and disability discrimination claims.


Mental Health Concerns Lead To New Responsibilities For Schools

Is Your School Subject To The GDPR?

New Connecticut Law Illustrates Growing Background Check Obligations For Schools

SJC Ruling May Require Massachusetts Employers To Accommodate Medical Marijuana Use

Student Uprisings Highlight Diversity And Inclusion Issues For Independent Schools

Artificial Turf: Fertile Ground For Litigation?

OSHA Expands Reporting And Record-Keeping Requirements And Changes Employer Exemptions

Calling The Shots: Best Practices For Independent Schools Responding To Vaccine Concerns

EEOC Ramps Up Enforcement Of Pregnancy Discrimination Laws

Graduating To Public Transportation: Policies And Best Practices For Independent Schools


National Business Officers Association (NBOA) 2019 Annual Meeting

California Association Of Independent Schools (CAIS) 2019 Trustee School Head Conference

Risk Management Strategies For Off-Campus Trips And Activities

VAIS Program - Independent School Admissions: Through the Legal Lens

National Association Of Independent Schools (NAIS) 2018 Annual Conference

National Business Officers Association (NBOA) 2018 Annual Meeting "In Tune With Excellence"

Association Of Independent Schools In New England (AISNE) Business Office & Operations Retreat

The Association Of Boarding Schools (TABS) 2017 Annual Conference

2017 NCGS Conference – Admissions Practices: Making the Right Choices From A Legal Perspective

2017 NBOA Annual Meeting


SJC Ruling May Require Massachusetts Employers To Accommodate Medical Marijuana Use

OSHA Expands Reporting And Record-Keeping Requirements And Changes Employer Exemptions

Artificial Turf: Fertile Ground For Litigation?

Sarah H. Fay



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  • New England Law | Boston (2014), cum laude
  • University of Pennsylvania (2008)


  • Selected as a Massachusetts Super Lawyers® Rising Star (2017, 2018)

Awards & Accolades

  • New England Scholar Award
  • University of Pennsylvania Women's Swimming & Diving Captain

Bar Admissions

Rhode Island

U.S. Court of Appeals

  • First Circuit

U.S. District Court

  • Massachusetts

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Boston Bar Association
  • Rhode Island Bar Association