Sara Payne focuses her practice on complex permitting, licensing, contract preference programs, government certifications, regulatory proceedings, regulatory compliance, corporate governance, commercial litigation, governmental relations, and corporate law.
She advises companies regarding eligibility and compliance matters under numerous state and federal contract preference programs, including: the Federal Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program; the New York State Minority and Women-Owned Business Program; and Small Business Administration programs, such as Small Disadvantaged Businesses Certifications, Veteran-Owned Business Certifications, and HUB-Zone Certifications. She has extensive experience in navigating clients through the complex issues of business planning, demonstrating eligibility under specific program criteria, and potential exposures arising under state and federal laws. Her experience ranges from managing the application process, communicating with agency representatives, representing clients in appeals, handling certification compliance matters, and assisting clients in preparing and implementing diversity policies in their business operations.
Sara's education and professional experience extend into health care information technology, medical device development, public transit, environmental science, intellectual property, and medical marijuana.
Prior to pursing her legal career, Sara focused on various entrepreneurial ventures. She is highly knowledgeable and experienced in creating, planning, implementing the strategic direction of an organization, including client, employee, and capital investment management; identifying, forming, and maintaining business-to-business and customer relationships in target markets; internal and external communications and marketing; planning and managing mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and spin-out opportunities; and structuring and drafting various contracts and agreements.
- Syracuse University College of Law, J.D., magna cum laude
- Syracuse University Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, M.P.A.
- LeMoyne College, M.B.A.
- State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry, B.S.
- New York
- New York State Bar Association
- Onondaga County Bar Association
- Gilberti Stinziano Heintz & Smith, P.C., Associate