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Sarah McLaughlin is a member of the Firm’s Business Section, and her practice focuses primarily on real estate development, industrial development, private securities offerings, and mergers and acquisitions.

Sarah has significant experience in all aspects of real estate transactions, including representing both local and national clients on acquiring, developing, and financing real estate transactions as well as selling existing projects or land. She specializes in complex entitlement issues, title and survey, ground leases (including the specific title insurance issues related to ground leases), assemblage of land parcels, master planned communities, and working within historic districts. She also assists clients in negotiating complex joint development agreements and ventures, negotiating debt and equity for financing development projects through institutional lenders, Real Estate Investment Trusts, and private placements.

Sarah’s practice also includes representing developers in a multitude of condominium and townhome developments, including residential, mixed-use, and commercial projects. These projects include both large- and small-scale residential developments as well as vertical, high-density projects in urban areas or on college campuses. Such projects have required procurement of air rights, subterranean rights, construction laydown agreements, and negotiation of complex easement rights.

Industrial development, including working with local and state taxing authorities and industrial development authorities, is another area of Sarah’s expertise. She has represented a number of local and international clients in establishing new industrial manufacturing projects in the State of Alabama and in negotiating incentive packages and available tax abatements in connection with these projects.

In connection with both real estate development and industrial development, Sarah has significant experience in real estate finance, including construction loans with both institutional and private lenders, equity injections provided through Real Estate Investment Trusts or other private parties, and private placement securities offerings. She has closed over one billion dollars in various transactions since joining the Firm.

Sarah lives in Fairhope with her husband Rane and her son Harvey.


  • Alabama State Bar, 2013
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, 2014


  • J.D., Cumberland School of Law, 2013
  • B.A., University of Alabama, 2010

Additional Information

Civic and Professional Affiliations

  • Alabama State Bar

Publications and Presentations

  • Will Policy Concern Invalidate Myriad Genetics – Gene Patents? A Breakdown of Various Judicial Approaches to Analyzing Patentable Subject Matter, Cumberland Law Review, Vol. 43, 2013