Sarah Rothermel

Retired Partner

Rothermel, Sarah

Sarah Rothermel built a substantial fund formation practice over the last 30 years, principally representing venture capital funds and private investment companies. She advised her clients on all aspects of their organization, management, operation and regulatory compliance by combining her knowledge of corporate, ERISA, securities and US and international tax laws. Ms. Rothermel was also the partner-in-charge of the Boston office until her retirement in 2015.


Ms. Rothermel principally represented venture capital funds and other private investment vehicles. She also represented LLCs, partnerships, joint ventures and closely-held non-corporate business enterprises. Among Ms. Rothermel's clients were America's premier venture capitalists, as well as numerous first time funds, family investment vehicles and other investment entities. Ms. Rothermel advised these clients on all aspects of their organization, management, operation and regulatory compliance, including issues arising under US and international tax laws, ERISA, the Securities Act of 1933, the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Investment Company Act and the Investment Advisers Act.

Ms. Rothermel's clients included Greylock, Highland Capital Partners, Matrix Partners, Flagship Ventures, Village Ventures and Xander Group.

Honors & Awards

  • Named to the Americas Women in Business Law Awards 2012 and 2013 "Best in Private Equity" shortlist by Euromoney Legal Media Group
  • Recognized as a national leader in investment funds: venture capital, investment funds: private equity: fund formation and a Massachusetts leader in private equity: fund formation in the 2007-2014 editions of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business. Listed in the publication since 2003, and noted in 2014 as being "very knowledgeable on fund formation" with "a good feel of where the market is" and that she is "always striving to find a legal and commercial solution." In 2013, sources said she has a "very customer and business-oriented" approach and commented in 2004 that she has "impeccable technical expertise" in the negotiation of new funds.
  • Recognized for her exceptional investment funds: private equity: fund formation practice in the 2007, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 editions of Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business
  • Listed in the 2008, 2011 and 2014 editions of Who's Who Legal: The International Who's Who of Private Funds Lawyers  
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in the 2006-2015 editions of the Best Lawyers in America in the area of private funds/hedge funds law and was named the 2015 Boston Private Funds/Hedge Funds Law "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Recognized in Legal Media Group's Guide to the World's Leading Private Equity Lawyers 2008  
  • Recognized each year by Boston Magazine as a "New England Super Lawyer" (formerly "Massachusetts Super Lawyer") in corporate finance
  • A recommended lawyer in the 2003 edition of Global Counsel 3000

Publications & News


May 19, 2015

WilmerHale Practices, Lawyers Ranked Among Nation’s Best by Chambers USA

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business announced its final rankings for the 2015 edition, with WilmerHale ranking among the nation's best in 46 practice area categories. Chambers also ranked 86 WilmerHale attorneys as leaders in their respective fields.

March 12, 2015

WilmerHale Lawyers, Practices Recognized in 2015 Edition of Chambers Global

Thirty-one WilmerHale lawyers are named among "The World's Leading Lawyers for Business" in the 2015 edition of Chambers Global. In addition to these individual accolades, the firm is recognized in 17 practice areas that span six different regions.

August 18, 2014

Best Lawyers in America® 2015 Recognizes Nearly 100 WilmerHale Partners, Naming Nine “Lawyer of the Year”

Nearly 100 WilmerHale lawyers have been selected for inclusion in the 21st edition of Best Lawyers in America®—a respected peer-review publication in the legal industry.

March 14, 2014

Chambers & Partners Recognizes WilmerHale in its 2014 Global Edition

Twenty-nine WilmerHale lawyers have been named among the “World's Leading Lawyers for Business” in the 2014 edition of Chambers Global. In addition to these individual accolades, 13 of the firm's practice areas were also recognized.

May 24, 2013

Chambers USA 2013 Final Results Announced

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business today announced its final rankings for the 2013 edition, in which 93 WilmerHale lawyers and 44 firm practice areas have been recognized as leading in their field.

April 15, 2013

Rothermel and Kent Shortlisted for Euromoney "Americas Women in Business Law Awards"

Euromoney Legal Media Group has placed Partners Sarah Rothermel and Rachael Kent on its shortlist for the "Americas Women in Business Law Awards" for the second consecutive year.

March 1, 2013

Boston Business Journal Names WilmerHale “Most Admired Law Firm”

On March 1, WilmerHale was honored by the Boston Business Journal as the “Most Admired Law Firm” in the Boston area.

June 7, 2012

Chambers USA 2012 Final Results Announced

May 9, 2012

WilmerHale Partners Shortlisted for EuroMoney “Americas Women in Business Law Awards”

March 30, 2012

Chambers USA 2012 Preliminary Results Announced

Speaking Engagements

June 13-14, 2012

ACG Maryland Deal Forum: Targeting the Lower Middle Market

Baltimore, Maryland

November 20, 2006

Private Equity Acquisition Financing Summit 2006

New York, New York

November 15-16, 2006

Dow Jones Private Equity Analyst Fundraising Summit

San Francisco, California

June 28-29, 2005

Private Equity Analyst's LP Summit East 2005

New York, New York

Professional Activities

Ms. Rothermel frequently addresses attorneys and business professionals on business and legal aspects of LLC, partnership and joint venture organization and operation. She is a member of the American Bar Association, the Massachusetts Bar Association and the Boston Bar Association, and an advisory board member of the Private Equity CFO Organization.
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JD, magna cum laude, Boston University School of Law, 1981, Executive Editor, Boston University School of Law Law Review

BA, Wellesley College, 1978

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