CONSULTING

Professional advice and assistance.

Sara is available to assist with complex matters and large-scale projects which will have lasting, significant impacts on a place or places.  Accordingly, she primarily consults for institutional clients and law firms, and she rarely works directly with individuals.  Her consulting work has taken three primary forms:  attorney, advisor, and expert witness.  

As an attorneySara has negotiated hundreds of project documents with developers, owners, consultants, architects, construction managers, neighbors, local nonprofit organizations, investors, and public entities at all levels.  Among other matters, Sara helped lead the project and legal team for a $190 million mixed-use development project, which was the first LEED-ND Platinum project in the country.  She also helped lead the legal team that has quieted title to 95% (so far) of the second-largest town green in New England, which had no identifiable owners for over 300 years.  

As an advisor, Sara has helped government entities advance many different programs and policies, ranging from a statewide comprehensive energy strategy to a statewide historic tax credit program.  She has also worked with local governments around the country by reviewing legal briefs, drafting housing and zoning codes, and authoring or signing amicus briefs in litigation.  

As an expert witness, Sara has used her academic expertise in property, land use, historic preservation, and local government matters to influence litigation from Minnesota to Maryland to Texas.  

All of Sara’s consulting work is conducted through Voladizo LLC, which takes its name from the Spanish word for “cantilever.”  Click here for more on Sara’s background. 

SARA'S EXPERTISE INCLUDES:

  • Property:  eminent domain, takings, adverse possession, landlord-tenant rights, easements, covenants, title (ownership) disputes. 
  • Land Use:  planning and zoning.
  • Historic Preservation:  landmarks, historic districts, the National Register, tax credits, preservation/conservation easements.
  • Energy:  renewable energy, shared solar, special districts, solar zoning, solar rights.