Sarah E. Powell

Sarah E. Powell

 

 
Sarah E. Powell, Esq., is a founding partner of Bullard & Powell. Her practice areas are focused on criminal defense and plaintiff personal injury matters. Her goal is to help those that have been criminally charged with a crime or who have been injured by another’s negligence or intentional misconduct, navigate what can be a complicated legal system. To that end, she incorporates the values of hard work, passion and the philosophy of never giving up to everything she does.

Prior to founding Bullard & Powell, Ms. Powell worked as Senior Associate Attorney with a large law firm handling both criminal and civil matters, leading up the firm’s civil litigation unit. During this time, she handled a diverse range of criminal and civil matters from vehicular manslaughter to misdemeanor driving under the influence cases, as well as, wrongful death matters and civil rights violations. In addition, she has been involved in a number of high-profile matters, including a civil matter entitled, Tina Satterwhite v. Terrance Elliott, where she devoted an estimate of 2,000 pro bono hours representing a plaintiff defrauded of over $100,000 by the Pastor of her Church. In 2014, she was recognized by the Legal Aid Society of San Bernardino for this work and in 2015 she was awarded the President’s Pro Bono Service Award by the California State Bar.

In 2013, she was selected by the Consumer Attorneys of the Inland Empire to act as an Attorney Liaison Member to speak with State Assembly Member Cheryl Brown about the closing of local courts and the effect on the community. In 2016, she was selected as a Super Lawyers Rising Star, a recognition bestowed to no more than 2.5 percent of attorneys in California.

 


Verdicts & Settlements

Jane & John Doe v. Trucking Company, et al.

Court
Riverside County Superior Court – Palm Springs District

Synopsis
An elderly couple was involved in a rear-end, hit-and-run traffic collision with a tractor trailer on the I-10 Freeway, eastbound. Jane Doe suffered a traumatic brain injury. John Doe brought an action for damages for loss of consortium.

Resolved
Confidential Settlement.

Amount
$1,815,000

John Doe v. Bus Company, et al.

Court
San Bernardino County Superior Court – Central District

Synopsis
Plaintiff, a thirty year old male, was struck by a passenger bus while riding his bicycle and suffered a minor brain injury.

Resolved
Confidential Settlement.

Amount
$1,500,000

Tina Satterwhite v. Terrance Elliott, et al.

Court
U.S. District Court for the Central District of California; 2:10-bk-26783 EC
San Bernardino County Superior Court, CIVSS703801

Synopsis
Parishioner, Tina Satterwhite, was defrauded of over $100,000 by the Pastor of her Church, Terrance Elliott. The matter was handled on a pro bono basis from 2008 to 2014 for an estimate of 2,000 hours.

Resolved
Judgment for Plaintiff.

Jane & John Doe v. Governmental Entity, et al.

Court
Riverside County Superior Court – Main District

Synopsis
Wrongful death matter stemming from a motor vehicle collision with a drunk driver at a T-intersection killing a young mother and her daughter, seriously injuring her other daughter. The intersection was argued to be a dangerous condition.

Resolved
Confidential Settlement.

Amount
$1,100,000


Notable Criminal Cases

People v. K.N./DMV v. K.N.

Court
San Bernardino Superior Court – Victorville District/San Bernardino Department of Motor Vehicles

Synopsis
Client, school bus driver, was charged criminally with domestic violence as against her husband. Because she was a school bus driver, the Department of Motor Vehicles took steps to revoke her School Bus Endorsement to operate a school bus.

Resolved
Criminal case dismissed. Successfully advocated to allow client to continue driving with her Endorsement during the pendency of the hearing. DMV hearing was won. Client was able to keep her job and her pension.

People v. N.P./N.P. v. John Doe

Court
Riverside Superior Court – Main District

Synopsis
Client, N.P. was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of high blood alcohol level after being involved in a role over motor vehicle accident resulting in severe and permanent nerve damage to her dominant hand.

Resolved
Case reduced, no jail time and no fine. Civil matter resolved for policy limits.

United States v. J.Y.

Court
U.S. District Court – Eastern Division (Riverside, California)

Synopsis
Client was charged criminally for bringing guns onto a military base.

Resolved
Case dismissed. Property ordered returned.

People v. R. S.

Court
San Bernardino Superior Court – Victorville District

Synopsis
Client was charged with vehicular manslaughter secondary to a solo vehicle roll over accident involving himself and his minor son.

Resolved
Acquitted on all counts.