Moore & Van Allen Law Firm, Attorneys
  • B.A., Boston College, 1998
  • J.D., Suffolk University Law School, 2003
  • North Carolina, 2006
  • Massachusetts, 2004
100 North Tryon Street
Suite 4700
Charlotte, NC 28202-4003

Sarah Dohoney Byrne

Ethics and Compliance Counsel
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Sarah Byrne serves as Ethics and Compliance Counsel to Moore & Van Allen, advising on matters of legal ethics and professional risk.  Byrne also leads the Firm’s Human Trafficking Pro Bono Project. Prior to joining Moore & Van Allen, Byrne practiced litigation in Massachusetts.  Other experience includes serving as a judicial law clerk to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, and as an aide in the Massachusetts Governor’s Office and the United States Senate.

Professional Affiliations

  • Former Co-Lead, Charlotte Metropolitan Human Trafficking Task Force, led by the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of N.C.
  • Founder and Project Lead, MVA's Human Trafficking Pro Bono Project
  • Former Member, Mecklenburg County Bar Foundation Board of Directors
  • Former Member, Mecklenburg County Court “Clubhouse” Board of Directors

Conference Presentations 

  • The Ethics of Representing Victims of Human Trafficking, Human Trafficking Academy, St. Thomas University School of Law, Miami FL, August 2016
  • The Ethics of Pro Bono Representation, Pro Bono Institute Annual Conference, Washington DC, February 2016
  • Restorative Justice for Victims of Human Trafficking, NCCASA Annual Conference, Greensboro NC, May 2015
  • Human Trafficking in Charlotte - A Queen City Quagmire, Women’s Collective Giving Grantmakers Network Annual Conference, Charlotte NC, October 2015
  • Attorney Conflicts of Interest, Daniel K. Moore Program in Ethics, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill NC, October 2010


  • A Law Firm Guide To Helping Victims Of Human Trafficking,” Law360, August 23, 2017
  • Meeting the Legal Needs of Human-Trafficking Survivors,” Wake Forest Law Review, Spring 2017
  • Human Trafficking Persists, But Firms Can Help,” The National Law Journal, August 29, 2016

Professional Recognition and Awards

  • Named one of Charlotte Business Journal’s 40 under 40, 2009
  • North Carolina Lawyers Weekly Women of Justice Pro Bono Award honoree, 2014
  • Safe Alliance Commitment to Justice Award recipient, 2014
  • Sally and Bill Van Allen Public Service Award recipient, 2015
  • Named to the North Carolina Pro Bono Honor Society, 2017-2018

Of Note

  • Regularly provides Continuing Legal Education instruction on conflicts of interest and attorney-client terms of engagement
  • Presents to governmental bodies and professional groups on human trafficking and victims’ legal needs
  • Podcast: "Pro Bono Happy Hour," The Pro Bono Institute, December 2, 2016
  • Named to the North Carolina Pro Bono Honor Society, 2018