Fact:  Like many of her MBCB colleagues, Sarah is an avid Disney fan. When pressed, she admits Beauty and the Beast is her favorite movie.

Fact: Like many of her MBCB colleagues, Sarah is an avid Disney fan. When pressed, she admits Beauty and the Beast is her favorite movie.

Meet Sarah

Background

Sarah Fowler is a senior associate at MBCB where she brings an array of experience in representing individuals and businesses in creditors rights’, bankruptcy, bankruptcy litigation, agricultural lending, and commercial litigation matters.  Her experience with debtors, creditors, asset purchasers, and trustees supports her wholistic approach to the needs of her clients.

Current Emphasis

Sarah works with a wide variety of clients ranging from financial institutions, agricultural lenders, business debtors, creditors’ committees, shareholders, asset purchasers, small business owners, and bankruptcy trustees.  She assists her clients with addressing the complexities of financial distress and finding solutions to a variety of commercial disputes.  Sarah represents these clients in both state and federal courts and in out-of-court arrangements.  In the course of her representations, Sarah regularly drafts mortgage loan documents including loan agreements, promissory notes, deeds, mortgages, releases and easements. She also has extensive experience in review and analysis of business agreements, real estate contracts and lease agreements.

Sarah also represents creditors, financial institutions, and other entities faced with issues arising from compliance with the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, the Fair Credit Billing Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, and the Equal Credit Opportunity Act. 

published decisions

  • In Re: Tingle, 594 B.R. 396 (Bankr. E.D. Ky. 2018)

  • Lee Group Holding Co., LLC v. Walro, 2015 WL 4724944 (S.D. Ind. Aug. 10, 2015)

  • In Re: Kaur v. Hebenstreit, 2015 WL 1224487 (S.D. Ind. Mar. 17, 2015)

  • Walro v. The Lee Group Holding Company, LLC, 524 B.R. 798 (Bankr. S.D. Ind. 2014)

  • Silver v. Bruce N. Minson, P.C., (Bankr. S.D. Ind. July 2, 2013)

Experience

Prior to joining Mattingly Burke Cohen & Biederman, Sarah practiced in the Bankruptcy and Financial Restructuring group at Ice Miller LLP.  Sarah is admitted to practice in all Indiana state courts, the U.S. District Courts in the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana, the U.S. Bankruptcy Courts for the Northern and Southern District of Indiana, and the U.S. Bankruptcy Courts for the Northern and Central Districts of Illinois.

Education

Sarah graduated from Marian University in Indianapolis in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts in theology and a peace and justice studies minor, summa cum laude. She obtained her juris doctorate, cum laude, from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis in 2012.

Involvement in legal community

Sarah has given presentations on numerous topics including:

  • Secured Transactions (IndyBar Review Course, July 2017, Feb. 2018, July 2018, Feb. 2019);

  • Collection Law from Start to Finish - Filing the Lawsuit (NBI, December 8, 2018);

  • Bankruptcy as Way to Collect and Its Implication on Collection Practices (ICLEF, March 9, 2018);

  • FDCPA Compliance for the Indiana Practitioner (NBI, July 13, 2017);

  • Advanced Consumer Bankruptcy Roundtable - Avoiding Second Mortgages on a Debtor’s Residence, The Co-Debtor Stay, and Discharge and Dischargeability Issues (IBA, May 27, 2017);

  • Ethical Issues for Business Bankruptcy Attorneys (ICLEF, December 9, 2016)

  • Hot Collection Issues in the Business World (Ice Miller, October 19, 2016);

  • Risk Analysis in Business Transactions (Ice Miller, June 15, 2016); and

  • Chapter 11 Exit Strategies (Structured Dismissals and Other Options) (William J. O’Neill Great Lakes Regional Bankruptcy Institute, CMBA, June 1, 2016.

Sarah was a member of Class VX of the Indianapolis Bar Association’s Bar Leader Series and was selected as an Indiana Super Lawyer Rising Star in 2018 and 2019. Sarah is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Bankruptcy & Commercial Law Section of the Indianapolis Bar Association and an active member of the International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC), and a member of the National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees.

INVOLVEMENT IN THE COMMUNITY

Sarah is the Vice President of the Board of Directors & volunteer coach for Girls on the Run Central Indiana. Sarah is also actively involved in the Amos Butler Audubon Society and the Indiana Audubon Society. Sarah previously served on the Event’s Committee for Brooke’s Place - a Place for Grieving Children.


Contact

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