We are proud to announce that founding attorney Sara Lincoln has been selected as an American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL) Fellow–one of the greatest honors for trial lawyers practicing in North America.

Last weekend, Sara and her husband traveled to Montreal, Canada, for the 2017 Annual ACTL meeting, in which she was inducted on Saturday night, September 16, during the organization’s formal fellowship ceremony. Also during the weekend, Lincoln listened to distinguished speakers, toured the city, and celebrated her accomplishment.

Founded in 1950, the College is composed of the best of the trial bar from the United States and Canada. Fellowship in the College is extended by invitation only and only after careful investigation, to those experienced trial lawyers of diverse backgrounds, who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility, and collegiality. Lawyers must have a minimum of fifteen years trial experience before they can be considered for Fellowship.

“Sara has more than earned her place in the ACTL and this honor is both well-deserved and long overdue,” said Tricia Derr. “Sara’s tenacity in the courtroom is undeniable. In twenty years, I’ve seen many cross-examinations, but Sara’s skills are unmatched.”

Sara is only the eighth female attorney in North Carolina to receive this honor, and one of just 107 lawyers across the state to belong to this ACTL chapter.

“I want to thank my Fellow ACTL members who supported my nomination,” said Lincoln. “I am humbled by my inclusion in this group of talented and well-regarded lawyers who I have admired and respected throughout my career. I look forward to moving the Mission of the College forward with the enthusiasm I am known for bringing to the table.”



A bit more about the ACTL: Over the past six decades, the members of the ACTL have dedicated themselves to maintaining the standards of justice in America by being active in North America’s law schools, participating in the law-making process of the federal courts, and teaching and presenting to attorneys and judges throughout the year. In addition, the non-profit organization publishes papers and reports regarding important issues in trial law as well as offering lecture events featuring distinguished speakers.
 A bit more about Sara Lincoln: Sara graduated cum laude from Wheaton College in 1990 and magna cum laude from the University of Akron School of Law in 1993. A member of the North Carolina Bar Association since 1996, she is Secretary of the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys and a member of the Mecklenburg County Bar Diversity & Inclusion Committee. Sara founded Lincoln Derr in 2009 with partner Tricia Derr. She is married with two children, ages 16 and 19. Her husband is also an attorney.
Learn more about the American College of Trial Lawyers.



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