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Attorney

Sara Willingham

Mrs. Willingham works at Paynter Law in a variety of practice areas including personal injury, consumer protection, mass torts, and lithium-ion battery injury litigation. She was heavily involved in a consolidated wrongful death case that resulted in a $383.5 million combined jury verdict. Additionally, Mrs. Willingham is a primary part of the trial team litigating individual and class action claims against Raleigh Radiology after an inspection of their Blue Ridge Road facility uncovered imaging issues with mammograms conducted between November 7, 2017 and November 6, 2019.
Sara Willingham
experience accomplishments credentials

Sara Willingham received a law degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law 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.

$383.5 million jury verdict

Mrs. Willingham was heavily involved in 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.

Education

  • University of Arkansas at Little Rock, J.D.
  • University of Arkansas at Little Rock, B.A., English

Admitted to Practice

State

  • North Carolina
  • Tennessee

Federal

  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Tennessee