Legal Meets Practical: Accessible Solutions


Since graduating from law school at Case Western Reserve University, Sarah Schauerte has found that she is most passionate about helping two groups of individuals: small business owners and veterans. This may be because she comes from a family of both small business owners and veterans, and she understands their points of views.

Originally from southern Illinois, Sarah has spent the last few years working in Washington, D.C. as an attorney specializing in helping veteran-owned small businesses (VOSBs) grow. Her practice is now located in Naperville, IL and covers all areas of federal procurement law. A significant chunk of her business focuses on assisting VOSBs obtain verification in the VA’s VetBiz Verification Program, and she has helped many companies navigate the process toward verification. She has also spoken on this subject at national conferences, including the Veterans Symposium hosted by the National Veteran Small Business Development Coalition, as well as written a practical guidebook for veteran business owners seeking verification. She also assists with size determinations, status protests, bid protests, and most contracts and claims issues in the federal contract arena.

Sarah also possesses considerable experience in corporate transactional work (contracts and other documents). Her goal is to provide her clients with legal documents that contain all necessary protections but written in understandable English.

Sarah is also dedicated to the mission of assisting veterans in obtaining their compensation for service-connected disabilities. In 2012 she spearheaded two free one-day legal clinic for veterans, where eighty-five veterans received assistance in applying for their disability compensation, pension, and medical benefits.

Sarah is admitted to practice in Virginia and Illinois. She is also admitted to the courts of the Eastern District of Virginia, as well as the United States Court of Federal Claims.

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia
  • Illinois
  • District of Columbia (Voluntarily Inactive)

Court Admissions

  • Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims


  • Case Western Reserve University, J.D., 2008 (honors in concentrations of Litigation and International Law)
  • Saint Louis University, B.A., 2004 (summa cum laude)


Publications and Articles

*Note–Legal Meets Practical, LLC is located in Georgia; however, as I am barred only in Virginia and Illinois, I provide no Georgia-specific legal services. Any work provided to non-Virginia or non-Illinois clients is federal in scope.

Mission Statement

My mission is to provide accessible, high-quality legal services to small business owners and to veterans. I will strive to clearly communicate, understand objectives, and formulate and execute effective legal solutions.


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