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Sara Tofighbakhsh

Sara Tofighbakhsh’s practice focuses on complex civil litigation at both the trial and appellate levels in both state and federal courts. Her practice spans a broad range of subject matters, including complex business litigation and white collar criminal defense.

Ms. Tofighbakhsh is a skilled legal researcher, writer, and advocate. She contributes to every stage of the case, including conducting in-depth factual and legal research, drafting important motions and briefs, developing case strategy, and preparing for argument and trial.

Prior to joining MoloLamken, Ms. Tofighbakhsh served as a law clerk to the Honorable Gerard E. Lynch of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. She also clerked for the Honorable Denise Cote of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Ms. Tofighbakhsh’s clerkship experience gives her invaluable insight into the development of cases, ranging from the care involved in initiating suits and engaging in motion practice at the district court level to the strategic presentation of issues on appeal. She uses that experience to plan ahead and advance case strategies.


  • Racial Gerrymandering After Rucho v. Common Cause: Untangling Race and Party, 120 Colum. L. Rev. 1885 (2020)


  • Law clerk to the Honorable Gerard E. Lynch, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • Law clerk to the Honorable Denise Cote, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York


Columbia Law School, J.D.

Articles Editor, Columbia Law Review

James Kent Scholar

Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar

Rutgers University, B.A., summa cum laude

Eagleton Institute of Politics Undergraduate Associate

Edward McNall Burns Award for Academic Excellence in Political Science

School of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Excellence Award

Pi Sigma Alpha

Bar and Court Admissions

  • New York

Professional Affiliations

New York City Bar Association

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