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Sarah Dunkley

Associate Attorney

Phone: (312)-223-1699


Sarah Dunkley is an experienced litigation attorney, having practiced in both federal and state courts in Australia and the United States in a variety of areas, including regulatory disputes, tax prosecutions, international arbitration, class actions, construction litigation, insolvency defense, general contract disputes and securities/shareholder actions.

Prior to joining Patterson Law Firm, she was a Senior Associate in the litigation team at Squire Patton Boggs in Western Australia. She practiced with Squire Patton Boggs for over three years, after joining them from the litigation and dispute resolution team at Ashurst Australia (formerly Blake Dawson). At Ashurst, Ms. Dunkley also held the position of Pro Bono Coordinator for the Western Australian office.

After completing her Bachelor of Law (LLB) and Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) degrees in 2009  from Murdoch University, Western Australia, Ms Dunkley spent two years as clerk to the Honorable Justice Michael Murray (as he was then known) of the Supreme Court of Western Australia.

In 2014, Ms. Dunkley completed an LLM degree in International Comparative Law from the Robert H McKinney School of Law, where she was on the Dean’s List. During that time, she also gained experience as a judicial extern at the Marion County Court in Indiana, volunteer at Indiana Legal Services, Inc and at Cohen and Malad, LLP. As a law clerk, she worked mainly in commercial litigation, and class action disputes.

Ms Dunkley is licensed to practice in Illinois and Western Australia.


Murdoch University, Murdoch Law School, LLB, 2009

Murdoch University, BA (Psychology), 2009

Indiana University-Purdue University Indiana, Robert H. McKinney School of Law, LLM (International Comparative Law), 2014


Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice:

  • Illinois
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • Western Australia
  • High Court of Australia (federal practice)


Professional & Bar Association Memberships:

Illinois State Bar Association

Youth International Arbitration Group member

Robert H. McKinney School of Law Alumni Group

Western Australian Women Lawyers Association

Australian Women Lawyers Association

Anglo-Australasian Lawyers Society WA

Arts Law Centre of Australia member

American-Indianapolis Inn of Court alumni

Murdoch Law School Alumni group member


Practice Areas:

Breach of Contract

Construction Litigation

Emergency Business Litigation

Shareholder Disputes

Unfair Competition

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