Dr. Sara L. Terheggen, of Palo Alto, CA, is a corporate attorney at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, a leading global law firm. Her practice includes representing corporate clients, investment banks and private equity clients in a broad range of corporate and securities law matters, including public offerings and private placements of debt and equity, as well as advising sponsors in forming domestic and offshore funds, including private equity, hedge, real estate and debt funds. Prior to joining Skadden, Dr. Terheggen was a corporate attorney with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP. Prior to that, she served as Director of Assessment for the University of California, Merced School of Engineering and the Founding Education and Diversity Director for the National Science Foundation Center for Embedded Networked Sensing at the University of California, Los Angeles where she was responsible for developing programs to increase the number of women and minorities in science and engineering.
Dr. Terheggen was named to The Recorder’s Lawyer on the Fast Track for 2013 and Top 40 Women Leaders in Law for 2012. She has been recognized for Pro Bono Achievement by Public Counsel, the largest pro bono law office in the nation, for her efforts in helping establish the first ever Public Counsel Small Business Clinic, which provides corporate legal assistance to small businesses and entrepreneurs. Dr. Terheggen was also invited to the White House on two separate occasions to participate in forums on Women in the Financial Sector and a Business Council Leadership Discussion focused on economic competitiveness. She is a member of the Advisory Council for 100 Women in Hedge Funds, as well as a Regional Coordinator for the 100 Women in Hedge Funds Global Leverage Initiative and a founding member and current co-chair of the Southern California Chapter of 100 Women in Hedge Funds. She also serves as a business advisory board member for jrCEOs.com. Dr. Terheggen is currently a Tournament Director for the Inaugural Golf Tournament benefiting the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital. She received her B.S. in Psychology from University of Oregon, M.A. in Higher Education Administration from Pennsylvania State University, Ph.D. in Instructional Systems from Pennsylvania State University and J.D. from University of California, Berkeley Boalt Hall.