Sarah Duff is FWI’s workers’ compensation paralegal.
She received her undergraduate degree at Luther College in Decorah, IA, where she studied History and Classics. She went on to receive her paralegal certificate from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.
While at Luther College, she was part of the mock trial team and fell in love with the legal system. She enjoyed learning the fact patterns, solving problems in the cases, preparing for trial, and researching the relevant laws in each case. Once she graduated from Luther College, Sarah took some time to discover what she wanted to do as a career; thus, she traveled all over the country for a clothing company, selling clothing pieces at renaissance festivals and comic conventions and worked as a restaurant server. She returned to begin paralegal school in 2013. Sarah wanted to move to a place with an abundance of history and opportunities to learn; thus, she chose Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Upon graduating from Georgetown, Sarah worked as a paralegal and office manager at the law firm of the Shadow Senator of D.C., Paul Strauss, as well as managed his re-election campaign for 2014. She also worked as a paralegal for a patent firm. She met Craig, the love of her life, and they decided to move to Colorado in 2015!
Upon her arrival to Colorado, Sarah worked for the Law Office of Dianne Sawaya as the firm’s only litigation paralegal. She handled a large volume of complex personal injury cases under attorneys Brianne Falgien and Vinny Iyer. She fell in love with all aspects of litigation, specifically legal research, drafting litigation pleadings, and preparing for trial. She grew tremendously by working with such a skilled team and sharpened her skills by working in such a high-pressure environment with a large caseload and tight deadlines.
Sarah joined her team when they started their own firm, Falgien Warr and Iyer, P.C. in 2017. Sarah now works alongside Jerrod Warr working on workers’ compensation cases. She loves the people she works with and enjoys handling cases from beginning to end.
Sarah is recently married and enjoys attending concerts, hiking, and camping with her husband Craig. Sarah is also an avid sports fan. You can catch her cheering on the Chicago Cubs (no matter how disappointing they can be) and Green Bay Packers. Sarah loves to attend baseball games whenever she can and will never miss a game when the Cubbies or the Mets, her husband’s favorite team, are in town!
Q & A to Sarah:
1. What made you decide to become a paralegal?
I wanted a career that combined my love of academia and my desire to better the community around me. Being a paralegal is the perfect combination of both! I love being a support system for my attorneys as well as using my skills in research, communication, and writing to help our clients get the compensation they deserve.
2. What made you decide to work for FWI?
Well first of all, I like the small firm environment. With a smaller firm, you really get to know your clients and their stories. You become a part of your clients’ life and they become
a part of yours. It’s very personable here at FWI. FWI genuinely cares about clients and treats its clients and staff like gold. The attorneys really want to be involved in every aspect of the case and I love that. Second, I have worked with Brianne, Vinny, and Jerrod for years and we all work so well together. We care about each other and the work that we do, which is so important to me in a work place. It is like a family and I love it.
3. What made you want to make Colorado your home?
I LOVE Colorado! My husband and I cannot imagine living anywhere else! My husband had lived in Washington D.C. for 12 years and we both really needed a change. Colorado was the perfect fit! This state is simply beautiful and an amazing place to raise a family. We love hiking, camping and just going on adventures – obviously Colorado has no shortage of adventures. We also love live music, which Colorado also has an abundance of! I am from Wisconsin and the people in Colorado remind me a lot of the people at home. Genuine, kind and caring people who are always willing to lend a hand if you need it. Everything about Colorado is perfect. We are so thankful that the people here have taken us in and allowed us to make Colorado home!