Supreme Court of Ohio
Illinois Supreme Court
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar
U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
National Police Accountability Project
National Lawyers Guild
Cuyahoga County Defense Lawyers Association
DePaul University College of Law, cum laude (2008)
DePaul University, B.A. with honors (2004)
Magnificat High School (2000)
Fluent in English and Spanish
Sarah Gelsomino joined Friedman and Gilbert as a partner in 2016. Prior to joining the firm, Sarah was a partner at People’s Law Office, a civil rights law firm in Chicago, Illinois. Sarah concentrates her practice on civil rights cases, including police and government misconduct, particularly representing individuals who have been killed, brutalized, sexually assaulted, illegally searched or arrested by law enforcement. Her practice is also dedicated to First Amendment litigation, criminal defense, and representing incarcerated people in post-conviction proceedings and in challenging the conditions of their confinement. She has represented victims of police torture both in post-conviction proceedings and in civil rights lawsuits. Through her post-conviction work, Sarah has represented innocent clients who have been exonerated and released from prison. She also represents transgender and queer individuals profiled and discriminated against as a result of their gender identity. Sarah has helped secure millions of dollars for her clients.
Sarah served as adjunct professor of the Civil Rights Clinic at the DePaul University College of Law from 2013-2016.
Sarah has received numerous awards and recognitions, including the Next Gen Award of the Chicago Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, DePaul Spirit Award, Public Interest Law Association Scholarship, CALI Award, and she was named a Sonnenschein Scholar. During law school Sarah interned at the Cook County Public Defender Office in the Homicide Task Force, Forensic Unit and Felony Trial Division. She also worked represented victims of employment discrimination and employees who bravely blew the whistle on illegal practices.
Sarah has worked extensively with the Mass Defense Committee of the Chicago Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild (NLG). She coordinated the NLG criminal defense of over 100 Occupy Chicago activists arrested in Grant Park and went on to argue the unconstitutionality of these arrests in the Illinois Appellate Court. She was also part of the massive NLG effort to support activists during the 2012 NATO summit in Chicago. Along with other NLG lawyers, Sarah successfully defeated terrorism charges brought against the “NATO 3,” activists who were targeted during the NATO summit. Sarah continues her mass defense work in Cleveland where she assisted in the coordination of NLG and NAACP lawyers during the 2016 Republican National Convention and currently represents an activist prosecuted for exercising his First Amendment rights during the Convention. Sarah is a co-founder of the NextGen Committee of the Chicago National Lawyers Guild.