Sarah L. Walburn

For over nine years, Sarah Walburn has defended insurance companies and their insureds in all aspects of motor vehicle, premises liability, and construction litigation. Ms. Walburn’s expertise includes first-party, third-party, and provider litigation. She has represented several nationally-known auto insurance companies.

Ms. Walburn received her Juris Doctor from Valparaiso University School of Law in 2004. She was admitted to the State Bar of Michigan and the Federal Bar in 2004. Ms. Walburn received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan State University in 2001.

Prior to joining Secrest Wardle, Ms. Walburn practiced in Grand Rapids for almost eight years in the area of insurance defense. From 2004 through 2005, Ms. Walburn interned in Pittsburgh, practicing in the area of railroad litigation, which included drafting side-track agreements, litigating Federal Employers Liability Act cases, and negotiating with the Federal Railroad Administration.

Ms. Walburn is an active member of the following associations:

  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association, Litigation Section Committee Member

Additionally, Ms. Walburn is a published author in the DRI Magazine, Michigan Lawyers Weekly, and the Michigan Bar Journal. She is also a contributor to the ICLE Basic Practice Handbook, as well as a presenter in an ICLE webinar, "Ins and Outs of Informal Discovery". She has been named to the list of Michigan Rising Stars in SuperLawyers magazine for 2014. Ms. Walburn has been named to the 2015 list of "The Top Women Attorneys in Michigan" by Hour Detroit.


What's the most unusual thing in your desk drawer?

GEICO gecko Pez dispenser

How old where you when you had the worst hair cut ever what style was it?

12 years old. It was a pixie hair cut, but I looked like a little boy because I was only 12 years old. One day, while my mom was getting a work permit for my older brother, the lady at the desk asked, “for both your boys.” I’ve never had short hair again.

If you weren't doing what you do today, what other job would you have?

Stay at home mom. Hands down. Or maybe a bartender. Those were fun days.

What "lesson from mom" do you still live by today?

Don’t be too serious. Have fun.

If you could be any animal what would it be and why?

Cat. I mean, come on!


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