Sara E. Bouley

Sara is a founding member of Action Law LLC with over 17 years of experience in title insurance defense, real property and commercial litigation, involving matters such as easements, coverage disputes, reformation actions, lien priority disputes, mortgage fraud, foreclosures, contract disputes, boundary issues, adverse possession, commercial landlord/tenant disputes, lender liability, TILA, corporate fraud, corporate governance issues, directors' and officers' liability, product liability, including in mass tort matters, and FAA enforcement actions. Among other activities, Sara is a member of the Utah State Bar Ethics Advisory Opinion Committee, a past Chair of the Real Property Section of the Utah State Bar, a Real Property Bar Examiner, and a volunteer small claims court judge. She has been recognized as a “Legal Elite” in Civil Litigation and Trial by Utah Business: The Magazine for Decision Makers. Sara, who is originally from Fayetteville, Arkansas, lives in North Salt Lake, Utah, with her husband and four children.

Professional Legal Experience

2012-Present
Founding Member and Attorney, Action Law LLC, Salt Lake City, Utah
2005-2012
Attorney & Shareholder, Fabian & Clendenin, P.C., Salt Lake City, Utah
1998-2005
Associate Attorney, Fabian & Clendenin, P.C., Salt Lake City, Utah
1997-1998
Associate Attorney, Strong & Hanni, Salt Lake City, Utah

Professional Recognition & Awards

2009-Present
Real Property Bar Examiner for Utah State Bar
2013-2016
Recognized as a Legal Elite, Civil Litigation & Trial, in Utah Business: The Magazine for Decision Makers
2010-2011
Real Estate Practice Group Chair, Fabian & Clendenin, P.C., Salt Lake City, Utah

Professional Memberships & Activities

2014-Present
Member, Ethics Advisory Opinion Committee, Utah State Bar
2015-Present
Member, Law Day Run Committee, And Justice for All
2014-2015
Chair, Real Property Section, Utah State Bar
2013-2014
Vice Chair, Real Property Section, Utah State Bar
2012-2013
Secretary, Real Property Section, Utah State Bar
2011-2012
Treasurer, Real Property Section, Utah State Bar
2014-Present
Chair, Social Committee, Real Property Section, Utah State Bar
2013-2014
Member, Annual Convention Committee, Utah State Bar
2013, 2015
Member, Fall Forum Committee, Utah State Bar
2012-2015
Member, CLE Advisory Committee, Utah State Bar
2002-Present
Judge Pro Tempore, Third Judicial District Court, Small Claims Division, Salt Lake County, Utah; and Utah Justice Courts
2010-Present
Member, CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) Utah, Chapter of national CREW Network
2010-2011 Member, Marketing Committee
2010-2014 Member, Philanthropic Committee
2002-2014
Member, American Bar Association
2008-Present
Member, Lawyer Pilots Bar Association
1997-Present
Member, Utah State Bar
Member, Litigation Section, Utah State Bar
Member, Women Lawyers, Utah State Bar
2008-Present
Member, Salt Lake County Bar Association
2012-Present
Pro bono attorney, Utah Lawyers for the Arts
2012-Present
Notary Public commissioned by the State of Utah
2010-Present
Troop Leader and Adult Volunteer, Girl Scouts of Utah
2006-Present
Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR)
2012-2014 Utah State Children of the American Revolution (CAR) Chair, DAR
2010-2012 Utah State Constitution Week Chair, DAR
2007-2009 Vice Regent, Sego Lily Chapter, DAR
1995-1997
Volunteer, Court Appointed Special Advocate, Utah State Office of the Guardian Ad Litem (assisted guardian ad litem attorneys in their representation of the interests of abused and neglected children in Utah's foster care system)
1991
Nevada Real Estate License
1989
FAA Aircraft Pilot's License

Education

1997
University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, J.D.
1996-1997 Articles Editor, Utah Law Review
1995-1996 Staff Member, Utah Law Review
William H. Leary Scholar
1996 CALI Excellence Award for Products Liability
1995 College of Law Award for Outstanding Achievement in Legal Writing
1993
University of Nevada, Las Vegas, M.A., English
1990
The University of Texas at Austin, B.A., English
Dean’s List
University Flying Club
Kappa Delta Sorority, Sigma Epsilon Chapter

Presentations & Publications

2016
Presenter, “Legal Description Errors" and "Unpaid Taxes,” Top Ten Title Defects - Cured, sponsored by National Business Institute, Inc. ("NBI"), Salt Lake City, Utah, November 4
2016
Presenter, “Defining Trespass and Adverse Possession,” Boundaries and Easements, sponsored by HalfMoon Education Inc., Salt Lake City, Utah, October 14
2016
Presenter, “Ethics in Land Use,” Practical Guide to Zoning and Land Use Law, sponsored by NBI, Salt Lake City, Utah, January 26
2014
Presenter, “Ethics in Land Use,” Practical Guide to Zoning and Land Use Law, sponsored by NBI, Salt Lake City, Utah, January 16
2012
Presenter, "Ethics in Land Use," Land Use Law: Current Issues in Subdivision, Annexation and Zoning, sponsored by NBI, Salt Lake City, Utah, December 14
2012
Presenter, "Deeds in Lieu of Foreclosure and Receiverships," Boot Camp: Foreclosures and Loan Workout Procedures," sponsored by NBI, Salt Lake City, Utah, January 18
2012
Panelist, "Real Property Foreclosure:  A Procedural Walk-Through with Legal Considerations," Ask the Lawyers: What if the Unexpected Happens?, Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SOIR), Salt Lake City, Utah, April 25
2011
Presenter, "Real Property Foreclosure: A Step-by-Step Workshop," Nuts and Bolts of Real Property, sponsored by the Real Property Section and the Young Lawyers' Division of the Utah State Bar, Salt Lake City, Utah, January 20
2010
Presenter, "Contracts," Small Claims Court Judges' Workshop, sponsored by the Administrative Office of the Courts, Salt Lake City, Utah, April 28
2008
Member, Panel of Practitioner Contributors, Black’s Law Dictionary, at vi (9th ed. 2009) (personally edited over 30 pages of single-spaced manuscript (in the letter “F” section))
1996
Author, "Where's The Beef? Allocating the Burden of Proof in Bailment Agreements Involving Missing Cattle Grazed on Public Rangeland: Cornia v. Wilcox," 1996 Utah Law Review 1081 
1995
Author, Recent Legislative Development, “Utah’s Child Welfare Reform Act Amendments,” 1995 Utah Law Review 1589, cited in Utah ex rel. J.M. & N.P. v. State of Utah, 940 P.2d 527, 534 n.8 (Utah Ct. App. 1997)

Court Admissions

United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
Utah Supreme Court and lower courts
United States District Court, District of Utah
United States Bankruptcy Court, District of Utah