Attorney, Advocate & Survivor
Sarah Klein is a preeminent civil and trial attorney at Manly, Stewart & Finaldi, the nation’s leading firm representing victims of sexual abuse by physicians, universities, school districts, churches and other religious entities, and sports organizations. The firm has successfully recovered more than $3 billion dollars for its clients through jury verdicts and settlements. Recent and notable cases include USA Gymnastics (Nassar), University of Southern California (Tyndall), University of California Los Angeles (Heaps), and University of Michigan (Anderson.)
A former competitive gymnast, Klein is the first known victim of former Olympic women’s gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar. At the 2018 ESPY Awards, Klein accepted the Arthur Ashe Courage Award on behalf of herself and the hundreds of other survivors who spoke out and testified about Nassar’s abuse. Soon thereafter, Katherine Schwarzenegger profiled Klein in her New York Times Bestseller “The Gift of Forgiveness.” Most recently, Klein appeared in the number #1 show on Netflix, Cheer (Season 2, Ep.5) alongside her clients.
Klein is a fierce advocate for legal, cultural, and political change, actively spearheading the fight to extend the statute of limitations for abuse survivors across all 50 states. She regularly testifies in front of state legislative bodies and was among the small group of key and notable people invited to the Child Victims Act bill signing in New York.
Klein holds a J.D. and M.B.A., and is an alumna of Columbia University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Global Entrepreneurship program. She sits on the Board of CHILD USAdvocacy and Yale University’s Sports Equity Lab, pursuing research that can inform policies around safe sporting environments and help fight abuse, in all forms, for all athletes.
Klein has become a leading voice on sexual abuse and other legal issues on television, radio, and in print media including ESPN, NBC, CBS, ABC, Fox, NPR, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and USA Today. She is a recurring legal analyst on Court TV. Her most recent op-ed, The Kamila Valieva case shows yet again that the International Olympic Committee is betraying teen athletes, was published by The Guardian during the 2022 Winter Games. Klein has also taken to the Ted Talk stage, receiving a standing ovation for her widely viewed talk “Being Victim 125.”
Klein has delivered over 100 keynotes across the country and is grateful for the opportunity to share her experience and story in the hopes of a better and safer tomorrow. Her weekly podcast Bar Fights: Taking On Issues That Matter can be found on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, iHeartMEDIA, Audacy and Stitcher.