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Sara Elizabeth Dill is a founding partner in the London and Miami offices of the Law Offices of Sara Elizabeth Dill. Her practice focuses on immigration and criminal defense domestically and internationally. Sara represents individuals and corporations before the immigration service, immigration courts, and provides criminal defense representation in state and federal courts.  She also provides consulting services to international corporations in issues of corporate social responsibility, OFAC and ITAR compliance, Foreign Corrupt Practices (FCPA) investigations and/or compliance programs, as well as other corporate compliance matters.  Prior to opening her own firm, she was a trial and appellate lawyer for a private law firm, a non-profit immigration agency and the Miami-Dade Public Defender’s Office.

Sara is currently serving as the co-chair of the American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section’s Immigration Committee. For the last three years Sara has been appointed as a Commissioner for the ABA Commission on Immigration. She also serves on the ABA Criminal Justice Council.  Sara served as the chair of the ABA Young Lawyer Division Criminal and Juvenile Justice section from 2006-2007.  In these roles Sara has been active in drafting proposed legislation on criminal justice and immigration issues, including a comprehensive report on immigration reform that was sent to Congress in February 2010. 

Most recently, Sara authored amicus briefs in the ACLU and Department of Justice lawsuits against the State of Arizona and its controversial immigration law, SB 1070.  She also authored an amicus brief on behalf of the League of Women Voters before the Wisconsin Supreme Court in the same-sex marriage amendment cases. 

Sara also has an extensive pro bono practice, representing victims of human trafficking and domestic violence, as well as successfully litigating asylum cases for refugees from Rwanda, Sudan, Haiti, and Colombia.

Presently, Sara is admitted to practice before all Wisconsin, Illinois, and Florida courts, the United States District Courts for the Eastern District of Wisconsin and the Middle and Southern Districts of Florida, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh and Eleventh Circuits, the United States Supreme Court, and all immigration courts. She is a member of the Wisconsin, Florida, Illinois, Chicago, and American Bar Associations. Sara is also a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Sara has also published numerous articles in recent years, including the following:

Practice Pointers for the Criminal Defense Attorney in the Aftermath of Padilla v. Kentucky.  American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section.  April 2010.


Immigration Law Update. The State of Criminal Justice. American Bar Association. 2008.


Not All Refugees Are Created Equal: The Gender-Based Exclusionary Tactic of United States Asylum Law. ABA Section of International Law Fall Meeting Cle Materials. November 2006.

Old Crimes in New Times: Human Trafficking and the Modern Criminal Justice System. Criminal Justice, Volume 21, Number 1, Pages 12-18. American Bar Association, Spring 2006.

In addition to publishing, Sara has spoken at international and national legal conferences and educational seminars regarding the immigration consequences of criminal convictions, human trafficking, refugee determination, and representing non-citizens in criminal court.

Sara attended Marquette University, where she majored in political science, with an emphasis in economics, criminology, and international affairs.  She then continued her education at Marquette Law School. Sara is currently completing her LLM in International Human Rights at Northwestern University Law School.


Our London office is located at:

175-177 Borough High Street

London, UK SE1 1HR

T: +44-020-3289-2489


Languages spoken: French, Italian, Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 30%
  2. Federal Crime: 30%
  3. International Law: 20%
  4. White Collar Crime: 20%


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Sasha Bardelas Berdeguer

    I endorse this lawyer. Sara and I have known each other for many years. What stands out the most is her work campaigning for international enforcement of anti-human trafficking laws. She is a talented author with published works detailing her related efforts to protect women and children. I am proud to have her as a colleague.


    Sasha Berdeguer Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Andrew Simmons Feldman

    Sara is truly committed to her clients and committed to providing the most thorough and effective defense possible even in the most difficult circumstances. She is also incredibly knowledgeable with respect to federal criminal jurisprudence and is a nationally renowned expert in immigration law. Beyond her legal acumen and her diverse expertise, Sara is passionate about improving the criminal justice system and should be viewed as a role model for young lawyers for her work and her accomplishments inside and outside the court room.


    Andrew Feldman White collar crime Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Law Offices of Sara Elizabeth Dill

1200 Brickell Avenue
Suite 1950
Miami, FL, 33131



FLMember in Good Standing200606/19/2016
ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law200605/11/2016
WIGood Standing200503/25/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising Star - Illinois and FloridaSuperLawyers2013
Rising Star - Illinois and FloridaSuperLawyers2012
Rising Star - IllinoisSuperLawyers2011
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Partner/OwnerLaw Offices of Sara Elizabeth Dill2007 - Present
Trial Attorney, Assistant Public DefenderLaw Offices of Bennett H. Brummer, Public Defender2006 - 2007
Trial and Appellate AttorneyCatholic Legal Services2005 - 2006
N/AFriebert, Finerty & St. John2003 - 2005
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar AssociationCommissioner on Immigration2007 - Present
American Bar AssociationCo-chair Criminal Justice & Immigration Committee2006 - Present
American Immigration Lawyer's AssociationN/AN/A
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersN/AN/A
American Bar Association - Young Lawyer's DivisionChair - Criminal and Juvenile Justice2007 - 2008
American Bar AssociationCriminal Justice Council Member2006 - 2011
Publication nameTitleDate
Hofstra Family Court ReviewUnbalanced Scales of Justice: How ICE Is Preventing Noncitizens From Having Equal Access to Diversion Programs and Therapeutic Courts2012
American Bar Association Criminal Justice MagazineHuman Trafficking: A Decade's Track Record, Plus Techniques for Prosecutors and Police Moving Forward2011
American Bar Association Criminal Justice SectionPadilla & Beyond2010
ABA State of Criminal JusticeImmigration Law Update2008
ABA Young Lawyers Division 101 Practice Series101 Tips for Representing Non-Citizens in Criminal Proceedings2007
ABA International Law and Practice Section CLE MaterialsNot All Refugees Are Created Equal: The Gender-Based Exclusionary Tactic of United States Asylum Law.2006
ABA Criminal Justice magazineOld Crimes in New Times: Human Trafficking and the Modern Criminal Justice System. 2006
Milwaukee Bar Association MessengerU.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down Mandatory Sentencing Guidelines.2005
Milwaukee Bar Association MessengerExamining Statutory Sentencing in Blakely v. Washington.2004
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Northwestern University School of LawInternational Human RightsL.L.M.2014
Marquette UniversityCriminology, Political Science, Economics, International AffairsBA - Bachelor of ArtsN/A
Marquette University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris DoctorN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Symposium on Human TraffickingEnding Sex Trafficking : From the International, National, and Local Front Lines2013
UIA 56th Annual Congress, Dresden, GermanyHuman Trafficking2012
ABA Annual MeetingImmigration, Race and Incarceration in the United States2012
ABA Annual MeetingEssentials of Immigration and Criminal Law - A Dialogue on Immigration Policy Domestically and Internationally2012
Law Student and Young Lawyer's Annual MeetingCareers in Criminal Justice2011
American Bar Association Annual Meeting, Toronto, CAThe Postville Raids: Internal Investigation and Corporate Compliance with I-9 Verification Procedures and the Criminal Consequences of Hiring Unauthorized Workers2011
ABA Litigation & Criminal Justice MeetingThe Impact of Padilla v. Kentucky2011
2011 Equal Justice Conference, Las Vegas, NVPost Conviction Relief and Immigration Proceedings: Padilla v. Kentucky and Other Relevant Cases2011
Third Annual Sentencing and Re-Entry InstituteThe Padilla Decision: It's About More Than Just Immigration2010
Human Trafficking SymposiumHuman Trafficking2010
Federal Defenders 10th Anniversary ConferenceRepresenting the Non-Citizen in Criminal Court2010
Fall Meeting - Administrative Law and LitigationImmigration and Arizona's SB10702010
Immigration Law SymposiumHuman Trafficking; Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions2008
University of Miami Law SchoolHuman Trafficking2007
American Bar Association Mid-Year MeetingCollateral Consequences: Concerns for the Representation and Prosecution of Non-Citizens in Criminal Proceedings.2007
International Law Fall MeetingThe Who, What, When & Why of Refugee Determination Under International and Domestic Law.2006
American Bar Association Annual MeetingHuman Trafficking2006