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198 North Arrowhead Avenue
Suite 4
San Bernardino, California 92408
Telephone: 909-771-2304
Facsimile: 909-381-7610
Victorville
15437 Anacapa Road
Suite 2
Victorville, California 92392
Telephone: 909-225-3305

Sarah E. Powell - Founding Partner

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Sarah E. Powell, Esq., is a founding partner of Bullard & Powell. Her practice areas are focused on criminal defense and plaintiff personal injury matters. Her goal is to help those that have been criminally charged with a crime or who have been injured by another’s negligence or intentional misconduct, navigate what can be a complicated legal system. To that end, she incorporates the values of hard work, passion and the philosophy of never giving up to everything she does.

Prior to founding Bullard & Powell, Ms. Powell worked as Senior Associate Attorney with a large law firm handling both criminal and civil matters, leading up the firm’s civil litigation unit. During this time, she handled a diverse range of criminal and civil matters from vehicular manslaughter to misdemeanor driving under the influence cases, as well as, wrongful death matters and civil rights violations. In addition, she has been involved in a number of high-profile matters, including a civil matter entitled, Tina Satterwhite v. Terrance Elliott, where she devoted an estimate of 2,000 pro bono hours representing a plaintiff defrauded of over $100,000 by the Pastor of her Church. In 2014, she was recognized by the Legal Aid Society of San Bernardino for this work and in 2015 she was awarded the President's Pro Bono Service Award by the California State Bar.

In 2013, she was selected by the Consumer Attorneys of the Inland Empire to act as an Attorney Liaison Member to speak with State Assembly Member Cheryl Brown about the closing of local courts and the effect on the community.
In 2016, she was selected as a Super Lawyers Rising Star, a recognition bestowed to no more than 2.5 percent of attorneys in California.

Practice Areas

  • Personal Injury
  • Criminal Defense
  • DUI Defense
  • DMV Administrative Hearings

Bar Memberships & Court Admissions

  • California - Admitted 2006
  • Supreme Court of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeal for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • American Bar Association
  • California Bar Association
  • San Bernardino County Bar Association

Awards & Honors

  • Pro Bono Honors
    - Legal Aid Society of San Bernardino 2014
    - 2015 President's Pro Bono Service Award
    - 2016 - Super Lawyers Rising Star

Professional Affiliations

  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Consumer Attorneys of the Inland Empire
  • Hon. Joseph B. Campbell, Inns of Court
  • Phi Alpha Delta

Education

  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law, J.D., Pro Bono Honors
  • University of California, Santa Barbara, Bachelor of Arts, History

Published Decisions

  • People v. Charles Patrick Williams
    Court of Appeal - Fourth Appellate District
    Case No. E048899

Publications

  • “A Betrayal of Trust - Satterwhite v. Elliott”, Bulletin of the San Bernardino County Bar Association, July - August 2014, Vol. 42, No. 9-10.

Attorney Rating

10.0Sarah Elizabeth Powell

Verdicts & Settlements

Jane & John Doe v. Trucking Company, et al.

Court Riverside County Superior Court – Palm Springs District
Synopsis An elderly couple was involved in a rear-end, hit-and-run traffic collision with a tractor trailer on the I-10 Freeway, eastbound. Jane Doe suffered a traumatic brain injury. John Doe brought an action for damages for loss of consortium.
Resolved Confidential Settlement.
Amount $1,815,000

Tina Satterwhite v. Terrance Elliott, et al.

Court U.S. District Court for the Central District of California; 2:10-bk-26783 EC
San Bernardino County Superior Court, CIVSS703801
Synopsis Parishioner, Tina Satterwhite, was defrauded of over $100,000 by the Pastor of her Church, Terrance Elliott. The matter was handled on a pro bono basis from 2008 to 2014 for an estimate of 2,000 hours.
Resolved Judgment for Plaintiff.

John Doe v. Bus Company, et al.

Court San Bernardino County Superior Court – Central District
Synopsis Plaintiff, a thirty year old male, was struck by a passenger bus while riding his bicycle and suffered a minor brain injury.
Resolved Confidential Settlement.
Amount $1,500,000

Jane & John Doe v. Governmental Entity, et al.

Court Riverside County Superior Court – Main District
Synopsis Wrongful death matter stemming from a motor vehicle collision with a drunk driver at a T-intersection killing a young mother and her daughter, seriously injuring her other daughter. The intersection was argued to be a dangerous condition.
Resolved Confidential Settlement.
Amount $1,100,000

Notable Criminal Cases

People v. K.N./DMV v. K.N.

Court San Bernardino Superior Court – Victorville District/San Bernardino Department of Motor Vehicles
Synopsis Client, school bus driver, was charged criminally with domestic violence as against her husband. Because she was a school bus driver, the Department of Motor Vehicles took steps to revoke her School Bus Endorsement to operate a school bus.
Resolved Criminal case dismissed. Successfully advocated to allow client to continue driving with her Endorsement during the pendency of the hearing. DMV hearing was won. Client was able to keep her job and her pension.

United States v. J.Y.

Court U.S. District Court – Eastern Division (Riverside, California)
Synopsis Client was charged criminally for bringing guns onto a military base.
Resolved Case dismissed. Property ordered returned.

People v. R. S.

Court San Bernardino Superior Court – Victorville District
Synopsis Client was charged with vehicular manslaughter secondary to a solo vehicle roll over accident involving himself and his minor son.
Resolved Acquitted on all counts.

People v. N.P./N.P. v. John Doe

Court Riverside Superior Court – Main District
Synopsis Client, N.P. was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of high blood alcohol level after being involved in a role over motor vehicle accident resulting in severe and permanent nerve damage to her dominant hand.
Resolved Case reduced, no jail time and no fine. Civil matter resolved for policy limits.