Sara leads all legal, risk and safety issues for McHugh Concrete. Formerly an attorney for K&L Gates, Sara began her career at McHugh in 2015. A graduate of the University of Michigan, she received her law degree from Loyola University Chicago School of Law. Sara handles McHugh Concrete’s contract negotiations with general contractors and sub tier vendors while overseeing safety as it relates to risk management in both the Chicago and Nashville markets.
As a lawyer, I spend a lot of time behind a desk dealing with paper. My favorite memories at this company are the days when our amazing field takes time out of their busy days to walk me through their projects. It always amazes me to see how they are able to innovate, and problem solve and turn the paper I see into stunning structures. I will never forget the day when one of our superintendents very patiently took me to the top of a tower crane, and I got to get an up-close look at one of our operators doing his thing—it was scary and exhilarating and so much cooler than working at a law firm!
Everyday is different, and no day is dull. There is always something new to learn, and something new to overcome. Our leadership really encourages us to constantly think of ways that we can continue to improve and push the envelope, so the sky is the limit on picking an initiative to tackle!
Let’s be honest, lawyers are generally not everyone’s favorite, but I like to try and break those perceptions by aiming to be helpful, practical, and fair! Internally, I have so much respect and admiration for what our field and project management staff do. Anytime that I can be an asset to help them navigate through a tough issue and make their day a little easier, I feel good about my job. Externally, in my opinion, so much of this industry is built upon integrity, trust, and partnerships, so I feel successful when I can build and cultivate strong, respectful and fair relationships with our clients and vendors.
There is no better group of people. I truly care about and am rooting for the success of my coworkers and feel so lucky every day to be surrounded by a team of such good people—they are incredibly hard working, smart, driven, innovative, creative, down to earth and kind. This group is excellent at what it does and has fun doing it.