Sarah D. Hocking


Sarah D. Hocking is an Associate in our Workers’ Compensation Department.

Sarah earned her Bachelor of Arts degree double majoring in Political Science and Sociology from the University of Iowa in 1999; where she served as a Senator in the University of Iowa Student Government.  While attending Iowa, Sarah worked as an intern for United States Congresswoman Eva Clayton from North Carolina and Walt Disney World.  Sarah went on to Southern Illinois University College of Law where she was one of the first two students to ever be selected for both the appellate and trial moot court teams before graduating in 2002.

Sarah is admitted to the Illinois Bar, the Federal District Court for both the Central and Southern Districts of Illinois, as well as the United States Supreme Court.  Sarah served as the president for the Coles Cumberland Bar Association in 2018. 

Formerly Associate General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer for Carle Foundation Hospital, Sarah completed the coursework for the certification in healthcare risk management and became certified in healthcare compliance.  Sarah has practiced in the field of Workers’ Compensation for 20 years.  Prior to joining Rusin & Maciorowski, Sarah began her career at another defense firm where she gained valuable experience in the fields of worker’s compensation defense, medical malpractice defense, and personal injury defense.  She also spent several years practicing as both a plaintiff and defense attorney in civil litigation in various fields, including medical malpractice, personal injury, wrongful death, family law, and workers’ compensation. Sarah was also a felony prosecutor for over two years in Coles County; where she successfully tried many cases.  Sarah lives in Mattoon, IL with her husband Sean, and their two boys.


  • B.A., Double major in Political Science and Sociology, University of Iowa, 1999.
  • J.D., Southern Illinois University College of Law, 2002.

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 2002
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois, 2003
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, 2014
  • Supreme Court of the United States of America, 2014


  • Coles Cumberland Bar Association