Sarah Jarboe

Sarah Jarboe

English, Lucas, Priest and Owsley, LLP
  • Environmental Law
  • Kentucky
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Sarah Jarboe primarily practices environmental law and civil litigation. She grew up in rural Kentucky near Owensboro, and the outdoors formed the fabric of her childhood. Sarah’s enthusiasm for nature is reflected in her legal practice. For her undergraduate education, Sarah attended the University of Louisville where she double majored in psychology and philosophy and minored in history. The analytical reasoning that intertwined Sarah’s college courses led to her general interest in the legal field.

During Sarah’s challenging studies at Vanderbilt Law School, it became clear that finding an area of law that was meaningful to her was vital to academic, professional, and personal success. Environmental law was a perfect match for Sarah – it is a natural outgrowth of her upbringing in the countryside. Uniting her interest in nature with her legal practice gives Sarah the advantage enjoyed by those who truly love their work.

Sarah joined ELPO in 2013 after working as a law clerk for two years for Chief Justice John D. Minton of the Kentucky Supreme Court in his Bowling Green office.

As part of her practice with ELPO, Sarah has represented clients in permitting and policy issues and enforcement actions. She has advised clients on various environmental matters, including the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, the Underground Injection Control Program under the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (Superfund), Oil Pollution Act, and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, and the Nonindigenous Aquatic Nuisance Prevention and Control Act. Sarah is an experienced negotiator, having participated in negotiations in enforcement and permitting cases with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection.’

Sarah is a frequent speaker at environmental conferences and an active member in local, state, and national environmental organizations.

Vanderbilt University
J.D. (2011)
University of Louisville
B.A. (2008)
Professional Experience
English, Lucas, Priest and Owsley, LLP
- Current
English, Lucas, Priest and Owsley, LLP
Law Clerk
Office of Chief Justice John D. Minton of the Kentucky Supreme Court
Articles & Publications
Developments in federal Clean Water Act law in 2016
American Bar Association 2016 Year in Review for Environmental Law
Speaking Engagements
Leadership Bowling Green speaker
Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce
CERCLA Secured Creditor Exemption, 2013
Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce
The Value of Water: Considering Regulatory Costs and Benefits…Never the Twain Shall Meet?, Third Annual Kentucky Energy Management Conference
In Concrete? . . .With Green Infrastructure Looming Large, Kentucky Stormwater Association Conference
Kentucky Chamber of Commerce
Getting and Complying with Your Stormwater Permit, Kentucky Chamber Environmental Permitting and Reporting Conference
Kentucky Chamber of Commerce
Updates on Environmental Liability in Real Estate Transactions, Kentucky Bar Association Annual Meeting
Kentucky Bar Association
Common Law Environmental Torts, Kentucky Bar Association Annual Meeting
Kentucky Bar Association
Environmental Audits, Kentucky Chamber Environmental Permitting and Reporting Conference
Clean Air Act: Risk Management Program Rule & Water Utilities, 2016 Water Law Series
Kentucky Bar Association
Welcoming Remarks, Section News, and Conference Overview, Kentucky Bar Association Environment, Energy and Resources Law Section Annual Meeting
Kentucky Bar Association
States’ Rights, Federalism, and EPA: Who’s Calling the Shots?, Environmental Practitioners’ Workshop
Opportunities for Relief from Environmental Liability under the Kentucky Brownfields Redevelopment Program, Eyesore to Asset: Redeveloping Distressed Properties Program
Professional Associations
American Bar Association
Member; Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources’ (SEER) 2016 and 2017 Fall Conference Planning Committees Member; Leadership Development Program, 2014-2015; and Vice Chair of Newsletter, Smart Growth and Green Building Committee, 2010-2015
Kentucky Bar Association
Member and Chair of the Environment, Energy and Resources law section, 2016-2017
Bowling Green-Warren County Bar Association
Member and past chair of Young Lawyers Committee, past member of the Board of Directors
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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Practice Area
  • Environmental Law
  • English: Spoken, Written
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English, Lucas, Priest and Owsley, LLP
1101 College Ave.
Bowling Green, KY 42101
Toll-Free: (270) 781-6500