Sarah hanneken, j. D.

Sarah Hanneken, J.D.


Sarah Hanneken serves as legal counsel for GFI’s Communications, Corporate Engagement, Policy, and SciTech teams

Areas of expertise: legal advocacy, contract review/negotiation, intellectual property law, litigation, regulatory affairs

Sarah has nearly a decade of experience working both in-house at nonprofits and as outside counsel for corporate clients. Prior to joining GFI, Sarah worked for over four years at Animal Equality, where she served as legal counsel and pursued strategic lawsuits and legislative initiatives to protect the interests of animals in agriculture. Beyond her nonprofit work, Sarah has represented a wide variety of clients, from artists and small vegan businesses to international household brands.

Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Sarah received her B.A. in Linguistics and later moved to Chicago where she graduated from law school magna cum laude. She now lives in Portland, Oregon, where she enjoys hiking endless trail options, eating at endless plant-based restaurants, and growing far too many tomatoes.