127 West Jefferson Avenue • P.O. Box 507 • Effingham, Illinois 62401 • Telephone: (217) 342-8060 • Fax: (217) 342-8066

200 North Main Street • Altamont, Illinois 62411 • Telephone: (618) 483-6333

Areas of Practice:

Family Law

Estate Litigation

Workers Compensation

Civil Litigation

Sarah Hocking


Sarah is a resident of Mattoon, Illinois, where she resides with her husband, Sean, and two sons.  Sarah graduated from the University of Iowa earning a bachelor’s degree as a double major in Political Science and Sociology in 1999.  She went on to get her Juris Doctorate from Southern Illinois University in 2002.


She started her legal career at Craig & Craig in Mattoon, Illinois, where she defended doctors and hospitals in medical malpractice litigation as well as employers in workers’ compensation claims.  Sarah went on to work at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, Illinois, and Christie Clinic in Champaign, Illinois, where her practice spanned several fields of healthcare law and lead to her becoming certified in healthcare compliance.  Sarah returned to private practice in 2011 at the firm of Brankey & Smith in Charleston, Illinois, this time representing injured parties in medical malpractice lawsuits and workers’ compensation claims.  She went on to work at Heartland Dental in Effingham, Illinois focusing on defense of dental malpractice claims and matters of healthcare compliance.


Choosing to return to private practice, Sarah joined the firm of McDevitt Osteen Chojnicki & Deters, LLC in 2019 and is focusing her practice on family law, such as divorce and child custody, and estate litigation, but will also assist with matters of workers’ compensation, personal injury, and civil litigation.


Throughout her career, Sarah has gained admission to the Illinois bar, the U.S. District Court, Southern and Central Districts of Illinois, as well as the U.S. Supreme Court. Sarah is also a past president of Mid-Illinois Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Coles County Bar Association.

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