Sarah Bearden


Sarah Bearden began her legal career in criminal law, working for Kentucky’s Department of Public Advocacy (DPA). There, she represented indigent clients, ran traffic, Spanish court, and mental health dockets, and assisted with felony cases in circuit court.  

Ms. Bearden’s father, John Whitfield, encouraged her to join Milberg’s civil practice team. In July of 2021, she left the DPA to begin a new journey with Milberg’s firm.    

Though Ms. Bearden enjoys criminal cases, she has discovered a deep passion for personal injury cases, allowing her to take part in clients’ physical, emotional, and financial healing after being terribly wronged by large corporations. Notably, Ms. Bearden has played a pivotal role in the Alliance Coal Slurry case.

Ms. Bearden thrives by building community. Since law school, she has not only founded an Animal Legal Defense chapter, but she has been involved with Cincinnati’s Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Adopt a Golden in Atlanta, and Buckhead Church ministries.

In her spare time, Ms. Bearden enjoys running, loving on her 7-month-old son, D.L., and playing with their family’s German Shepherd, Cate.

Practice Areas


  • J.D., Northern Kentucky University Salmon P. Chase College of Law, 2017
  • B.A., The University of Kentucky, 2002

Bar Admissions

  • Kentucky, 2019

Professional Activities

  • Animal Legal Defense chapter, Founder