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Sarah Novak Nesbitt

Practice areas:

Divorce & Separation, Family, Child Custody, Adoption, Education

About Me

Sarah Novak Nesbitt is the Managing Attorney of Family Law at the Family Legal Advocacy Group, L.L.C.  Prior to that position, Sarah was an associate with Weinberg & Schwartz, L.L.C.  Sarah’s practice focuses on collaborative divorce, advising clients in mediation, representation of children in contested cases, estate planning, adoption, guardianship of children, and litigation. Sarah has been an at-large board member for the Howard County Chapter of the Women’s Bar Association since 2010, is a regular volunteer at the Family Law Clinic at the Circuit Court for Howard County, and is a member of the Howard County Collaborative Professionals, the Howard County Bar Association, and the Maryland State Bar Association.

Sarah graduated cum laude from the University of Maryland School of Law in 2009, where she won the Maryland Public Interest Law Project Pro Bono Student of the Year award for her work in starting a pro bono project for law students in partnership with Project HEAL through the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service and Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. While in law school, Ms. Nesbitt worked as a volunteer with domestic violence victims through the House of Ruth and focused her academic work on courses such as Domestic Violence and the Law, Children and the Law, Children and Divorce, Mediation in Family Law, and Families, Contracts, and Status. Sarah’s work in law school also focused on alternative dispute resolution options for families, including collaborative law. As an undergraduate student, Sarah studied family dynamics and infant and child development, and she graduated magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame with degrees in psychology and sociology. Prior to attending law school, Ms. Nesbitt worked as a full time volunteer teacher at a scholarship school for low-income middle school boys in Baltimore City. In 2011, 2012, and 2013, Sarah was named as a Super Lawyers Rising Star for her work in family law.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2009

  1. Divorce & Separation: 30%
  2. Child Custody: 20%
  3. Family: 20%
  4. Education: 15%
  5. Adoption: 15%

Payment

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

6 total 

  • Michael Jonathan Bramnick

    Sarah is an experienced, knowledgeable and thoughtful family law attorney. I recommend her for anyone in need of legal counsel.

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    Michael Bramnick Construction & Development Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Tracey Levin Perrick

    Sarah is one of those family law attorneys that has the rare ability to immediately see right to the heart of the matter and assist her clients reach a resolution that is best for the client and the children. Sarah is a tough litigator when she has to be, but simultaneously reasonable and family-focused. Sarah is an excellent representative of children, with experience and background in child development that not all family attorneys have. I highly recommend Sarah for all types of family law cases, but especially mediation/settlement/collaborative and Best Interest Attorney work.

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    Tracey Perrick Family Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

Family Legal Advocacy Group, LLC

10500 Little Patuxent Pkwy.
Suite. 650
Columbia, MD, 21044

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
MDActive200902/15/2013

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Baltimore Finest 2014Baltimore City Paper2014
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2013
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2012
Pro Bono Student of the YearMaryland Public Interest Law Project2008
Leadership ScholarUniversity of Maryland School of Law2006

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Adjunct Professor of Children and DivorceUniversity Of Maryland School Of Law2015 - Present
Managing Attorney of Family LawFamily Legal Advocacy Group, L.L.C.2014 - Present
Associate AttorneyWeinberg & Schwartz, L.L.C.2009 - 2014
Law ClerkWeinberg & Schwartz, L.L.C.2008 - 2009

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Divorce Roundtable of Montgomery CountySecretary2014 - Present
Howard County Women's Bar AssociationVice PresidentN/A
Howard County Collaborative PracticeMemberN/A
Maryland State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
International Academy of Collaborative ProfessionalsMemberN/A
Howard County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Women's Bar Association of MarylandMemberN/A

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Maryland School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2009
University of Notre DamePsychology & SociologyBA - Bachelor of Arts2004

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Alternative Dispute Resolution PresentationCollaborative Law2010