Sarah Doucett’s practice focuses on the defense of medical providers in medical malpractice and professional liability matters, and also includes general civil litigation defense.
Associations & Memberships
- Massachusetts Bar Association
- Women's Bar Association
Awards & Recognition
- From 2020-2023, Sarah was recognized as a "Rising Star," based on a vote of licensed attorneys in the state and a review by an independent blue ribbon panel, as published in Boston Magazine and New England Super Lawyers
Prior to joining Adler Cohen, Sarah gained experience in international tax law. While in law school, Sarah worked at a civil litigation firm focusing on medical malpractice. She was a note editor of Suffolk University’s Transnational Law Review, and her note entitled “Fat Taxing” Our Way to a Healthier World, Volume 38, No. 2, was published in Summer 2015. In addition, she served as her section’s Representative on the Student Bar Association and was a member of Phi Delta Phi, an international legal honor society.
Recent successful results Sarah has contributed to obtaining on behalf of her clients include the following:
Served as second chair to Michael Barkley during a 9 day jury trial in Suffolk Superior Court, resulting in a defense verdict on behalf of a plastic and reconstructive surgeon, The Plaintiff alleged that the Defendant injured the radial sensory nerve in her hand during a surgical procedure to repair an injured tendon in the hand, and further that the Defendant was negligent during two follow-up visits, allegedly resulting in the development of complex regional pain syndrome. The jury returned a verdict in favor of the Defendant after approximately 2 hours of deliberations.
Served as second chair to Ellen Cohen during an 8 day jury trial in Essex Superior Court in which Attorneys Cohen and Doucett obtained a defense verdict on behalf of their client, a radiologist. The allegation was that the physician failed to identify a mass-like finding on a renal ultrasound that had been ordered as a screening test relative to a new diagnosis of hypertension, and that he should have recommended additional imaging at that time. The patient was diagnosed over two years later with renal cancer and a brain lesion that was presumed to be metastatic from the kidney. The defense focused on teaching the jury the completely normal findings on the ultrasound in question, through careful and effective visual and verbal presentation using the ultrasound imaging.
Served as second chair to George Wakeman during a 3 1/2 week jury trial in Suffolk Superior Court, resulting in a defense verdict on behalf of two orthopedic surgery residents. The Plaintiff alleged that the defendant resident physicians, the attending physician, and three orthopedic nurses failed to diagnose and treat hyponatremia. The Plaintiff alleged that as a result, he suffered severe and permanent neurologic deficits. After deliberations, the jury returned verdicts in favor of all Defendants.
- Suffolk University
Honors: Dean’s List (2012-2013, 2014-2015)
Distinguished Oral Advocate, Legal Practice Skills (2013)
Phi Delta Phi International Honor Society
Transnational Law Review: Note Editor
Jurisprudence Award: Commercial Law Sales (2015)
- Union College
Honors in Political Science
Dean’s List (2008-2010)
Pi Sigma Alpha Journal of Undergraduate Politics (2009-2010)
- Massachusetts, 2015
- New Hampshire, 2021
- United States District Court District of Massachusetts, 2017