Sarah B.E. Tankersley


Sarah Tankersley concentrates her practice on toxic tort and other litigation matters. She serves as part of a team defending clients against claims of occupational exposure and repetitive stress injuries brought under the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (“FELA”), as well as under various state law theories of liability. She is active in all aspects of litigation, including research, drafting motions, taking depositions, preparing expert witnesses, studying medical records, and participating in trial.

Prior to joining Blank Rome, Sarah litigated hundreds of medical malpractice and personal injury cases at a Cincinnati-based law firm, and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Robert Kraft of the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas. During law school, she was an associate editor of the Kentucky Law Journal.

Sarah is a member of the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Bar Associations and has served on various committees and in various leadership positions over the years. She is a 2003 fellow of the Cincinnati Academy of Leadership for Lawyers (“CALL”) and has served as a mentor for younger lawyers.

Outside the Firm

Sarah is an avid hiker and back-packer and spent a large part of 2018 hiking the Appalachian Trail, completing 1,926 miles from Georgia to Maine. She also enjoys dancing, travel, and pub trivia.


  • 2009–2024, Ohio “Super Lawyer” in Civil Litigation, listed in Super Lawyers
  • 2016, listed in Best Lawyers in America 
  • 2008, “Rising Star,” listed in Ohio Super Lawyer 



  • Cincinnati Bar Association
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Northern Kentucky Bar Association
Professional Activities

Active in the legal community, Sarah has held leadership positions for numerous bar associations throughout Ohio and Northern Kentucky. Additionally, she previously served as a member of the Cincinnati Academy of Leadership for Lawyers as well as a mentor for the Supreme Court of Ohio's Lawyer to Lawyer program.

Sarah is deeply committed to community service, and has held various positions and played key roles with the Girl Scouts as well as the Florence United Methodist Church.



  • Pennsylvania
  • Kentucky
  • Ohio
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Kentucky
  • U.S. District Court - Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court - Southern District of Ohio


  • Northern Kentucky University, BA, summa cum laude
  • University of Kentucky College of Law, JD