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Sarah Y. M. Himmel


Sarah Y. M. Himmel is a principal in the firm of Two Rivers Law Group, PC, and practices in the firm’s Southwest Virginia office located in Christiansburg, Virginia.

With over 20 years of workers’ compensation experience, Sarah has wide-ranging expertise in handling complex matters before the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission. She also has particular and extensive experience in litigating Federal black lung claims, before the United States Department of Labor/Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs. She has litigated numerous cases before the Office of Administrative Law Judges, as well as appeals to the Benefits Review Board.

Sarah Y. M. Himmel provides daily advice to insurance carriers on a broad spectrum of issues including claims involving cumulative trauma versus injuries by accident,compensable consequence and change-in-condition claims, statute of limitation defenses, de facto awards, willful misconduct, negotiating lump sum and structured settlements, and fraud and other credibility defenses.

Sarah also has extensive experience in:

  • Occupational disease/ordinary disease of life claims (hearing loss, carpal tunnel syndrome, toxic gas or chemical exposure)
  • Claims alleging occupational stress and psychological injuries
  • Death claims
  • Medicare approval of settlements
  • Insurance coverage issues
  • Third-party liens
  • Appeals to the Virginia Court of Appeals

Sarah has presented seminars on topics including state and Federal black lung claims, hearing loss claims, an employer’s duty to offer vocational rehabilitation, return to work issues, unjustified refusal of selective employment, termination for cause, and claims control and loss prevention.



  • B.A., University of Virginia, 1984
  • J.D., Washington & Lee University, 1987, cum laude

Professional Affiliations

  • Defense Research Institute
  • Virginia State Bar
  • Montgomery-Radford Bar Association
  • Southwest Virginia Workers’ Compensation Bar Association