Sarah P. Gates
Sarah Gates defends long term care facilities against elder abuse accusations. As a Senior Attorney at Pleiss Sitar McGrath Hunter & Hallack, Ms. Gates uses her knowledge of all aspects of pre-trial discovery to guide her clients through this complex process. With respect to discovery and motion practice, Ms. Gates provides comprehensive and strategically innovative defenses on behalf of the long term care facility operator. Her focus also includes evaluation of privileged, large scale document collection and review, overall project management and e-discovery. Ms. Gates handles responsive discovery on behalf of nationally renown clients specifically with advice on efficiency and consistency to identify and resolve risk management issues.
Ms. Gates’ experience extends to case investigation, coordination of discovery, witness, trial, and writ preparation. She focuses on the defense of elder abuse and neglect claims; the defense of negligence and malpractice claims in the long term care setting; and the provision of ancillary services to long term care providers such as restraining orders, and the development of litigation guidelines and best practices.
Ms. Gates graduated from California State University, San Bernardino with a Business Administration degree and obtained her Juris Doctor from Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles. While at Southwestern, she was active in the Moot Court Honors Program, competing in the National Labor and Employment Law competition in New York City, and the International Information and Technology Competition in Chicago. Ms. Gates was also a member of the Moot Court Board of Governors. She was admitted to the California State Bar and the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California in 2003. She is also a member of the Defense Research Institute (DRI).