Sara Hess is an associate in the Chicago office of Mayer Brown's Government Relations & Public Law practice. She practices in the areas of construction, government transactions and public law, representing public and private sector clients in a wide array of transactional, legislative and regulatory matters.
Sara advises clients in connection with complex government transactions and construction projects, particularly with respect to public-private partnerships and alternative project delivery methods in the infrastructure sector. She has experience negotiating and preparing EPC contracts, design and construction agreements, concession agreements, consulting contracts and project management agreements.
In addition to her transactional work, Sara counsels governmental and private clients on a variety of state and local government matters, including in the areas of election and campaign finance law, ethics and government relations. She represents candidates for office and political action committees in forming political committees and complying with federal, state and local campaign finance and disclosure rules. Sara regularly assists public and private sector clients with statutory interpretation and legislative drafting. She has drafted a number of bills and municipal ordinances and recently drafted legislation authorizing the creation of a new special-purpose authority.
Sara also has extensive experience representing not-for-profit organizations on corporate formation, governance, tax exemption and regulatory compliance issues.
After receiving her undergraduate degree, Sara administered federal research grants for the University of Minnesota. Prior to joining Mayer Brown in 2010, Sara worked in the Office of the General Counsel to Illinois Governor Pat Quinn.