Member Spotlight

Sarah Oberg Ramirez

Associate Attorney // Sinars Slowikowski Tomaska

Please provide a description of your practice.

At SST, my practice focuses on toxic tort and products liability defense in Illinois and Iowa. I manage around 225 active toxic tort cases at any given time on behalf of product manufacturers, preparing initial responsive pleadings when claims are filed, monitoring and engaging in written discovery and depositions, and seeking resolution or dismissal of all claims.

Why are you a member of the WBAI?

My husband and I recently returned to Chicago after living in the Quad Cities for several years. While searching for local bar associations to meet other attorneys in the Chicagoland area and get involved in local events, I was immediately impressed by the WBAI’s event calendar. The WBAI’s events are so creative and often combine educational opportunities with networking or fun activities. I knew joining the WBAI would provide countless opportunities to meet other women attorneys, complete interesting and unique CLE, and explore Chicago.

What do you think is the best way to empower women in law?

my experience, mentorship opportunities and flexible work arrangements are critically important components of women feeling empowered at work. Mentorship – whether informal or formal – provides a shoulder to lean on when we’re facing a challenging situation or decision or when we could use some encouragement. Being able to turn to another woman attorney for advice lets me hear a new perspective that I may not have previously considered, and that can be invaluable, especially as a newer attorney. Flexible work arrangements, in my opinion, are a sign of respect for and trust in your attorneys. If someone consistently performs at or above expectations and delivers quality work product, it is so important for that person to be trusted to work when and how they prefer to work, within reason. All attorneys, and particularly women, often have incredibly busy lives outside of work, and juggling our work with our personal lives isn’t an easy task. Being trusted by my employer when I need to shift my schedule for the day or work remotely for some reason makes me feel valued and motivates me to work even harder for my firm. I am incredibly fortunate to be surrounded by leaders at SST who have intentionally created a wonderful and supportive firm culture.

What are you most looking forward to in the following year, personally/professionally?

Personally, I am looking forward to traveling more this year with my husband and family. For now, I have a trip planned to Waco, Texas with my mom and sisters to visit the Magnolia shops this spring, and I will be traveling to Paris this summer with my little sister, with stops in Toronto and Warsaw on the flights there and back.

Professionally, I am excited to become more involved with the WBAI and grow my network here in Chicago. I am also looking forward to growing in my current role at SST and taking on more complex and challenging cases. I am always looking for a challenge and really enjoy learning the ins and outs of new clients’ products and collaborating with my colleagues to develop comprehensive defense strategies for our clients.

Tell us something interesting about you.

I never thought I’d become an attorney! Prior to attending law school, I worked in corporate tax accounting for John Deere, primarily focusing on international taxation. One of my roles at Deere involved researching tax law and regulations to explain certain tax positions and calculations to the IRS and state departments of revenue. I loved this job and the legal research it involved and decided to apply to Loyola Chicago’s Weekend JD program, where I earned my JD while continuing to work for Deere.

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Sarah Oberg Ramirez is an associate attorney at Sinars Slowikowski Tomaska. She manages around 225 active toxic tort cases on behalf of product manufacturers. She joined WBAI to meet other women attorneys, complete interesting and unique CLE courses, and explore Chicago.