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Staff Attorney Mirrored in Hollywood’s “Dark Waters”


Sarah Barlage and Rob Bilott
Sarah Barlage and Rob Bilott at the New York City premiere of “Dark Waters.”

The lives of ProKids Staff Attorney Sarah Barlage and her husband, attorney Rob Bilott, are depicted in the new movie “Dark Waters.”

The movie, which stars Anne Hathaway and Mark Ruffalo as the couple, centers on an epic battle fought by Rob over 20 years as he represented a West Virginia farmer and his family. The case centered on DuPont’s disposal of waste material that contaminated not only the water in West Virginia, but can now be found in the blood of virtually everyone.

Sarah credits Rob’s journey from traditional corporate defense attorney with inspiring her own move “outside the comfort zone” when she came to ProKids, first as a CASA Volunteer.

“It is the best advocacy work I have ever done,” Sarah says. “Amazing things can happen when we change our perspective and get out of our comfort zone.”

You can read more about Sarah and her family here.

More about Rob Bilott and the chemical that he investigated.

Movie trailer