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Sara Maleki


Spokane and Tri-Cities Offices
115 N. Washington St., Floor 3
Spokane, WA 99201



Sara Maleki has worked for GLP Attorneys since 2014 and is a Shareholder in the firm’s Spokane and Tri-Cities offices.

Professional Overview

Sara has successfully served the needs of personal injury clients in a variety of cases, including nursing home neglect, wrongful death, motor vehicle collision, premises liability, and products liability. She has been awarded the Rising Star Super Lawyers Award in 2017 – 2021. In 2022 and 2023, she was awarded the Super Lawyer award, which is awarded only to the top 2.5% of attorneys in the state. Sara has also been selected by Spokane Coeur d’Alene Magazine as a Top Lawyer in Spokane every year from 2016 to present.

In addition to serving clients across the Pacific Northwest, Sara serves as the Eastern Washington Regional Mentor for the firm’s Legal Internship Program. Our Legal Internship Program exists to providing meaningful work experiences for students in law school who are interested in careers in the personal injury field.  Each year, GLP Attorneys is proud to employ as many as ten legal interns across the state. 

Sara is the Washington State Association for Justice (WSAJ) Diversity Committee Co-Chair and as well as the Co-Chair for the GLP Diversity Committee. In 2023, she received the Carl Maxey Award from WSAJ in recognition of her commitment to diversity in the legal profession.

She is an active member of the American Association for Justice. She also serves as Vice President on the Spokane Symphony Board of Trustees, where she co-chairs their Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. Sara is devoted to caring for the diverse needs of her clients and values the uniqueness of each person. She honors diversity in all she does and prioritizes cultural principles stemming from around the world and locally, especially within the LGBTQ+ community and for all diverse people.

In addition, Sara has been the Associate Director for Satori Camp more than 20 years. Satori is a summer camp for gifted teenagers in Cheney, WA. With Satori, Sara spends her time administrating the summer camp but is also able to be a mentor to junior high and high school students. It is her favorite week of the year, tied closely with celebrating the December holidays.

More Information

  • Carl Maxey Award, Washington State Association for Justice, 2023
  • Recognized as a Super Lawyer by Washington Super Lawyers, 2022 – 2023
  • Recognized as a Rising Star by Washington Super Lawyers, 2017 – 2021
  • Recognized as a Top Lawyer by Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living, 2016 – Present
  • Avvo 10.0 Rating
  • Member, Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Member, Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Recognized by for obtaining one of the Top 100 Personal Injury Settlements in the United States (Galstad v. Kiewit/General/Manson), 2021
  • Recipient, Avvo Client’s Choice Award, 2014; 2019
  • Gonzaga University School of Law, J.D., 2009
  • Eastern Washington University, B.A., Business Management Information Systems; Emphasis in Vocal Performance, 2002
  • Spokane Falls Community College, A.A, General Studies, 2000
  • Washington State Bar, 2010
  • Idaho State Bar, 2015
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington, 2016
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, 2015
  • U.S. District and Bankruptcy Courts for the District of Idaho, 2015
  • Washington State Association for Justice, Member, 2010 – Present
    • Eagle Member, 2014 – Present
    • Diversity Committee, Co-Chair, 2021 – 2022
    • LGBTQ Section Executive Committee, Member, 2017
  • Spokane Symphony Chorale, Member, 2016 – Present
  • Benton/Franklin County Bar Association, Member, 2016 – Present
  • Spokane County Bar Association, Member, 2010 – Present
  • Gonzaga Law School, 1L Mentor, 2011 – Present
  • Washington State Bar Association – Animal Law Section Executive Committee, Member, 2010 – 2022
  • GLP Attorneys – Diversity Committee, Co-Chair, Current
  • Spokane County Bar Association – Diversity Section, 2006 – Present
  • Satori Camp, Associate Director, 1998 – Present
  • Spokane Symphony Board of Trustees, Vice President, 2020 - Present
  •  Speaker, "Mastering IMEs and Apportionments," GLP Attorneys Seminar - February (Spokane / Tri-Cities), 2023
  • Speaker, "Mastering the Motor Vehicle Collision Injury Case," GLP Attorneys Seminar - October (Spokane / Tri-Cities / Webinar), 2023
  • Speaker, "Mastering Insurance for Your Personal Injury Patient Practice," GLP Attorneys Seminar - August (Webinar), 2023
  • Speaker, "Mastering Elements of a Personal Injury Patient Practice," GLP Attorneys Seminar - May (Spokane / Tri-Cities), 2023
  • Author, “Doggone It, I Want to Be an Animal Lawyer! Now What?” NW Lawyer’s magazine, 2015
  • Speaker, "Getting Paid When the Case Does Not Settle," GLP Attorneys Seminar and Webinar Series, Healthcare, 2022
  • Speaker, "Avoiding the Pitfalls of Litigation," GLP Attorneys Seminar and Webinar CLE Series, Healthcare, 2022
  • Speaker, "Charting & Documentation," GLP Attorneys Seminar and Webinar Series, Healthcare, 2022
  • Speaker, "Medical Liens,” GLP Attorneys Webinar CLE Series, Healthcare, 2022
  • Speaker, “3rd Party and L&I”, GLP Attorneys Seminar Series, 2014, Healthcare, 2014
  • Speaker, “Medical Liens”, GLP Attorneys Seminar Series, Healthcare, 2015
  • Presenter, “Non-Resident Motorist Act: Service by Secretary of State”, GLP Educational Series for Attorneys, 2016
  • Speaker, “Non-Resident Motorist Act: Service by Secretary of State,”
    GLP Attorneys CE Seminar Series, Spokane, 2016,
  • Speaker, "Medical Liens,” GLP Attorneys CE Seminar Series, Spokane, 2016
  • Speaker, "An International Perspective, Idaho Animal Law Legislative Update," 3rd Annual Animal Law Summit, 2017
  • Presenter, “Full Recovery: PI Case Inception,” GLP Attorneys CE Seminar, Tri-Cities, 2017
  • Presenter, "Negotiating Claims with Insurance Companies," NBI Continuing Legal Education, Spokane, 2017

In her free time, Sara enjoys traveling with her husband, singing in the Spokane Symphony Chorale, cooking and eating vegan food, playing piano, volleyball, reading, and spending time with her rescued pets: a parrot named Leilani, two cats named Maui and Moana, and a goldfish named Barbara.

Sara is fluent in Farsi and conversational in Spanish.

Successful Cases

$3 Million

$3 million settlement for a diver working on the 520 bridge project who sustained a permanent back injury.  

$1.1 Million

$1.1 million settlement for a client who suffered a traumatic brain injury, as well as sprain/strain injuries, and was unable to work after a forceful collision.

$1.06 Million

$1,060,000 settlement for an individual who was injured in a rear-end motor vehicle collision.

$1 Million

$1 million policy limit settlement for a woman who was hit in the face with a glass by an intoxicated individual in a bar in Spokane, WA, causing permanent facial scarring.


$770,000 settlement for a woman who required multiple surgeries after her hand was injured in a car wreck, ultimately preventing her from continuing in her career as a medical provider.


$519,000 settlement for a man who suffered shoulder, neck, and back injuries after being rear-ended while driving on the job.


$502,000 settlement for an individual injured in a road rage assault.


$350,000 settlement for a client who was injured when a vehicle crashed into a building. She suffered injuries to her hips, shoulder, and elbow, all which required surgery. 


$350,000 settlement for a client who was knocked to the ground by a golf cart, suffered injuries to her neck and back, and was forced to undergo low back surgery.


$340,000 settlement for a client who was injured as a pedestrian. As a result, he underwent low back surgery and missed time at work. 


$310,000 settlement for an individual who suffered a gunshot wound.


$300,000 settlement for a client with pre-existing low back pain suffered from aggravation of a prior injury in a very low-speed, low property damage collision.


$275,000 settlement for a client who was injured in a low property damage collision and suffered a mild traumatic brain injury. 


$230,000 settlement for a woman who suffered a knee injury that required surgery after she tripped on a sidewalk that had been lifted by a tree root. This was the largest settlement ever made with the city of Spokane for a sidewalk case at the time the case settled.


$205,000 settlement for a client who was injured in a low-speed collision and suffered a shoulder injury, which required surgery and caused her to miss time at work.

WhatSara's Clientssay…