Sara M. Cooperrider

Partner Cincinnati
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Sara focuses her practice on transactional, regulatory compliance, and reimbursement work for health care providers.  She also counsels other health care clients, including research organizations and medical device companies. Sara has significant experience in matters pertaining to telehealth, Medicare, Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act, and HIPAA.

Prior to joining Taft, Sara served as Corporate Counsel at The Kroger Co., where she was in-house counsel for The Little Clinic® and Kroger Prescription Plans. Sara was also formerly Assistant and Associate General Counsel at UC Health, greater Cincinnati’s academic health system.   

Sara completed her Juris Doctor and Master of Public Health in health policy at George Washington University. While in law school, Sara worked at the Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Office of General Counsel and also at the Milken Institute’s Center for Health Policy Research in Washington, D.C. Upon graduation, Sara received the American Bar Association/Bureau of National Affairs’ Award for Excellence in Health Law.

In addition to active community involvement, Sara also currently serves as President of the Cincinnati Bar Association and as an adjunct professor in Miami University’s Department of Political Science, teaching Public Health Ethics & Policy.


  • Ohio State Bar Foundation 2016-2017 Community Service Award for Attorneys 40 & Under, District 1

  • American Bar Association/Bureau of National Affairs Award for Excellence in Health Law, 2010

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  • George Washington University Law School (2010)
  • George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, M.P.H. (2010)
  • Miami University, B.A. (2006)


  • State - Ohio
  • Federal - 6th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Federal - Southern District of Ohio

Speeches and Publications

  • Speaker, "Telehealth in the Time of COVID and Beyond," Cincinnati Bar Association’s Annual Health Care Seminar (Dec. 2020).
  • Moderator, "Direct-to-Consumer Telehealth," Telehealth Law & Policy Forum, Northwestern University Memorial Hospital (Sept. 2019).
  • Speaker, "Innovation in a Nutshell: Key Recent CMS Payment Initiatives, Where They Came From, and What You Should Know," American Health Lawyers Association Institute on Medicare and Medicaid (Mar. 2019).
  • Speaker, "Innovation and Reimbursement: Chronic Care Management and Remote Patient Monitoring," Cincinnati Bar Association’s Annual Health Care Seminar (Dec. 2018).
  • Speaker, "Health Care Law: New Developments and Trends in Telehealth and Telemedicine," National Telehealth Conference, University of Cincinnati College of Nursing (Mar. 2016)
  • Speaker, "A Brave New World: Value Based Payment & Population Health," Cincinnati Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Health Care Seminar (Dec. 2015).
  • Speaker, "Insights on Legal Requirements of Nonprofits, Cincinnati Academy of Leadership for Lawyers," Cincinnati Bar Association (Sept. 2015).
  • Speaker, "Telehealth Legal & Policy Challenges," National Telehealth Conference, University of Cincinnati College of Nursing (Mar. 2014).

Professional Affiliations

  • Cincinnati Bar Association

    Member, Board of Trustees (2016-present)
    President (2021-2022)
    President-Elect (2020-2021)
    Vice President (2019-2020)
    Secretary (2018-2019)

  • Ohio State Bar Association


  • Ohio State Bar Foundation


  • American Health Lawyers Association


  • Leadership Cincinnati

    Membership, Class of 44

Community Involvement

  • Beech Acres

    Board Chair (2021)
    Board Member (2015-present)
    Vice-Chair (2019-present)
    Treasurer (2017-2019)

  • Blue Manatee Literacy Project

    Board of Directors (2019-2021)

  • Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

    Ambassador Council (2020-present)

  • Junior League of Cincinnati

    Sustaining Member (2018-present)
    Member (2011-2018)
    Board Member (2012-2018)
    Endowment Trustee (2012-2013) 

  • March of Dimes

    Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Board of Directors (2014-2017)