Sarah Olinger


Sarah Olinger provides environmental, municipal, and special district counsel for public entities. She specializes in  storm water, pretreatment and wastewater, solid waste, and ground water issues. Sarah has extensive experience working with the State and Regional Water Quality Control Boards, and counsels her clients on compliance with both State and federal environmental laws.  She has also successfully negotiated Clean Water Act settlement agreements, and has assisted in drafting multiple franchise agreements for the collection and disposal of solid waste, recyclable and organic materials. 

Before joining Meyers Nave, Sarah served as Staff Counsel for the California State Water Resources Control Board and the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board, where she gained invaluable first-hand experience working on storm water, wastewater, and other water quality issues. Sarah also served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Malachy E. Mannion in the U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania.

Sarah graduated cum laude with an environmental law certificate from Pace University School of Law, where she served as the Research and Writing Editor of the Pace Environmental Law Review, as well as Chairperson of the 2006 National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition. Sarah also spent one year practicing in her school's environmental litigation clinic. Her commitment to the practice of Environmental Law is evident in her long-standing dedication in the field.

Presentations and Publications

  • Author, “Filling the Void in an Otherwise Occupied Field: Using Federal Common Law to Regulate Carbon Dioxide in the Absence of a Preemptive Statute,” 24 PACE ENVTL. L. REV. 237 (2007), New York Environmental Lawyer, Fall 2006

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • Member, The State Bar of California
  • Member, Women Lawyers of Alameda County


  • Pace University School of Law, JD, cum laude, and Environmental Law Certificate, 2007
  • Middlebury College, BA, High Honors, Environmental Studies, 2002