For nearly 30 years, Sara Bugbee has been defending clients in federal and state courts in Virginia. For Sara, it is an honor to bring that experience and insight to Hancock Daniel’s prestigious team of committed lawyers representing healthcare providers and hospital systems in medical malpractice litigation defense. “Doctors and nurses give their heart and soul to patients and make enormous personal sacrifices to provide patient care. They deserve experienced counsel and zealous representation when a patient questions that care,” says Sara. “There is nothing more rewarding than giving a voice to our healthcare heroes.”
Prior to joining Hancock Daniel, Sara had the privilege of serving for over 20 years as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Civil Division of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Virginia. She represented the United States’ interest in civil defensive and affirmative litigation. One of Sara’s favorite areas of practice was medical malpractice cases where she defended doctors and nurses employed by the Veterans Administration Medical Centers and federally funded healthcare clinics throughout Virginia and Tennessee. Sara also prosecuted many healthcare fraud cases under the False Claims Act, so she is uniquely prepared to help providers navigate government investigations and qui tam litigation against whistleblowers. She has also represented hundreds of federal employees in Bivens cases alleging excessive force and other civil rights violations. Prior to becoming an AUSA, she was an associate in the commercial litigation group at Woods Rogers in Roanoke.
Sara loves distilling complicated litigation down to narrow legal issues, which are more easily resolved through a motion to the court, mediation, or trial. “My goal is to drill down to the root of the dispute quickly and efficiently, and with the least disruption to my client’s primary responsibilities and interests. I love helping clients choose a path forward that is in their ultimate best interest.”
University of Minnesota, B.A.
Hamline University School of law, J.D., cum laude
University of Richmond School of Law (third year visiting student)