250 NE Tudor Road
Lee’s Summit, Missouri 64086


308 E. High Street, Suite 108
Jefferson City, Missouri 65101


Lauber Municipal Law, LLC

Serving those who serve the public

Sarah E. Carnes

Associate Attorney

Firm Number: 816-525-7881
Email: scarnes@laubermunicipal.com

General Overview

Sarah joined Lauber Municipal Law, LLC in 2020 and practices in the areas of general municipal law; public entity litigation; public contracts; ordinance, code, & charter drafting; and other general municipal issues. Prior to joining Lauber Municipal Law, LLC, Sarah served as the Utilities Counselor for the City of Independence, Missouri where, in addition to general municipal work, she provided legal support for the City’s public utilities including regulatory compliance; contract drafting and review; environmental compliance; legislative activities; customer related matters; assisted in investigation, arbitration, and litigation of grievances and other union matters. Sarah also previously served as General Counsel for the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners and attorney for Texas Department of Public Safety. Sarah also proudly served four years as the City Clerk with City of Independence. While in law school Sarah interned with the Washtenaw County Public Defender’s Office in Ann Arbor, Michigan.


Thomas M. Cooley School of Law – J.D., 2007

University of Missouri - Columbia – B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies with emphasis in Finance, Economics and Statistics, 2003

Bar Admissions

Kansas, 2015

Missouri, 2014

Texas, 2008

Relevant Legal Experience

  • Knowledgeable in a wide range of municipal law issues including, the Hancock Amendment; Missouri’s Sunshine Law & Kansas Open Records Act; ordinance and resolution drafting; contract review, drafting and negotiation; and personnel disciplinary and termination issues
  • Experienced litigator before the courts and administrative boards
  • Experienced in municipal code review, revision, and drafting
  • Advised Appointed Boards, Commissions, and staff on legal matters
  • Drafted agency laws, rules, and regulations
  • Prepared pleadings, evidence, discovery and presented facts and law of assigned cases for administrative hearings
  • Assisted with the creation and implementation of strategic plans
  • Prepared cases for settlement conferences and negotiated settlement agreements with opposing counsel

Professional Affiliations

The Missouri Bar

Kanas Bar Association

State Bar of Texas

Kansas City Missouri Bar Association

Energy Bar Association


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