Sarah Hoffman
  • Associate




Sarah Hoffman's practice focuses on land use, zoning and permitting, environmental litigation and real estate litigation. She has extensive insight on CEQA issues, and has litigated cases under both California and federal land use laws. Sarah is experienced in resolving complex legal questions and achieving client-focused solutions.

Prior to joining Zacks, Freedman & Patterson, PC, Sarah worked for Aqua Terra Aeris Law Group, where she represented non-profit and community groups in a wide range of environmental disputes, including CEQA and Clean Water Act litigation.  

Sarah's legal career began in New Zealand, where she graduated second in her law class from the University of Canterbury in 2011. She clerked for a Judge at the New Zealand Court of Appeal, then worked in general litigation for two years. Sarah moved to California in 2015 to pursue a Master of Laws at Stanford Law School, focusing on environmental law and policy. At Stanford, Sarah coached the Jessup Moot Court team and was Co-President of the Advanced Degree Students' Association.

Areas of Practice

  • Land Use, Zoning & Permitting
  • Land Use Litigation
  • Environmental Litigation
  • Real Estate Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • California, 2016
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 2016
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 2016
  • New Zealand, 2011


  • Stanford Law School, Stanford, California
    • LL.M. - 2016
    • Honors: John Hart Ely Prize for Outstanding Performance (Environmental Law and Policy Colloquium)
  • University of Canterbury Faculty of Law, Christchurch
    • LL.B.
    • Honors: First Class Honors
    • Honors: University Prize in Law
    • Honors: New Zealand Witness Examination (mock trial) competition
    • Honors: Mahoney Cup for the New Zealand Family Law moot court competition
  • University of Canterbury, Christchurch
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts - 2011
    • Major: Spanish and Political Science

Published Works

  • Federally Reserved Rights & Interstate Groundwater Allocation (co-author), University of Denver Water Law Review, Co-Author, 2015
  • New Zealand Steel Mining v. Butcher (co-author), Resource Management Journal, 17, 2015

Past Employment Positions

  • Aqua Terra Aeris Law Group, Associate, 2016 to 2018
  • Wynn Williams, Solicitor, 2013 to 2015
  • Court of Appeal of New Zealand, Judge’s Clerk, 2011 to 2013

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