Sarah Pitney is an Associate Attorney at Benach Collopy LLP. Sarah joined Benach Collopy after serving as an immigration attorney in Miami, Florida with Todd Law, P.A. She has represented clients in various proceedings on both the detained and non-detained dockets before the Immigration Courts. In addition to her experience in deportation defense, Sarah has also represented clients in family-based petitions, adjustment of status, waivers, asylum, and naturalization cases.

Sarah first felt the call to serve the immigrant community in 2008 through her volunteer work with the Central American Resource Center in Washington, DC. While there, she taught citizenship and English classes to permanent residents wishing to naturalize as United States citizens and assisted them with filling out their naturalization applications. This firsthand experience with the immigrant community inspired Sarah to support underserved immigrant populations in any way that she could.

During law school at Florida International University College of Law in Miami, Florida, Sarah served as a student attorney for more than a year through the school’s Carlos A. Costa Immigration and Human Rights Clinic. In this capacity, Sarah represented clients seeking asylum, withholding of removal, protection under the Convention Against Torture, and cancellation of removal. She received an award for her outstanding contributions to the Clinic.

In addition to her time in private practice, Sarah also helped with various pro bono workshops to assist community members with filing applications for naturalization and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. In March of 2016, she participated in a mega citizenship event hosted by the Miami New Americans Campaign which helped more than 1,200 people file applications for naturalization. Sarah has also assisted with screening unaccompanied minors for possible relief from removal and release into the custody of sponsors here in the United States.

Sarah is admitted to practice in Florida and Washington, D.C., as well as before the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida. She is an active member of both the Washington, D.C., and South Florida chapters of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. She is fluent in Spanish.

Professional Activites

  • AILA National Distance Learning Committee – 2018-2019
  • AILA National Diversity and Inclusion Committee – 2018-2019
  • AILA DC Chapter Conference Committee – 2018-2019
  • AILA DC Litigation Committee – 2018-2019
  • Member, National LGBT Bar Association – 2018-Present
  • Member, DC Chapter LGBT Bar Association – 2018-Present

Admissions

  • Florida
  • Washington, D.C.
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida

Education

  • Florida International University College of Law, JD, 2015
  • American University, B.A., Spanish Studies, 2010

Experience

  • Benach Collopy LLP
    • Associate, 2017-Present
  • Todd Law, P.A.
    • Associate, 2016-2017
    • Law clerk, 2015-2016
  • Carlos A. Costa Immigration and Human Rights Clinic
    • Student attorney, 2014-2015
  • Internships
    • Dade Legal Aid, 2014
    • CARECEN-DC, 2010
    • Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur, US House of Representatives, 2005

Honors and Awards

  • National LGBT Bar’s 40 Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40, Class of 2018
  • Carlos A. Costa Immigration and Human Rights Clinic award for outstanding contributions, 2015