Sara Willingham received a law degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen of Law in 2005, where she was a member of the Law Review and Moot Court before graduating with High Honors in the top 10% of her class.
She began work at a general practice office in Clarksville, Tennessee handling mostly criminal, family law, and consumer bankruptcy. From 2007 until 2011, she served as an Assistant Post-Conviction Defender for the State of Tennessee Office of the Post-Conviction Defender in Nashville handling capital state post-conviction cases.
Mrs. Willingham works at Paynter Law in a variety of practice areas including consumer protection, personal injury, and lithium-ion battery litigation. She has been heavily involved in matters such as White et al v. DaVita Healthcare Partners. This case involved three consolidated wrongful death cases against DaVita, one of the country’s top dialysis providers. Paynter Law was one of the firms representing the three plaintiffs and, in June of 2018, a jury awarded plaintiffs a combined verdict of $383.5 million.
Additionally, Mrs. Willingham is heavily involved in the lithium-ion battery litigation at Paynter Law. She knows that when lithium-ion batteries explode, the injuries can be severe or even fatal. Mrs. Willingham works tirelessly to help ensure those who are injured and/or burned by an exploding lithium-ion battery have a strong legal advocate. Paynter Law is currently in litigation against LG Chem as a result of an e-cigarette battery that exploded and caught fire.
Mrs. Willingham is a member of the bars of Tennessee and North Carolina and is not licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia or any other states.
- University of Arkansas at Little Rock, J.D.
- University of Arkansas at Little Rock, B.A., English
STATE BAR ADMISSIONS
- North Carolina
FEDERAL BAR ADMISSIONS
- U.S. District Court, Middle District of Tennessee