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Sara M Epler

Sara M Epler

Practice areas:

Family, Litigation, Estate Planning, Real Estate

About Me

Throughout my practice, I have focused on family law cases, specifically those with complex financial issues such as closely held businesses, executive deferred compensation plans, stock grants and options, and other valuation issues. I also handle complicated parenting issues, including dealing with parents with substance abuse histories or mental health issues..


Having assisted clients in a full range of property division, spousal maintenance and parenting plan issues, I seek to combine strong client advocacy with a deep understanding of the legal issues in order to provide efficient, effective, family-focused resolutions.


I was recognized by SuperLawyers magazine as a Rising Star in the area of family law (


A Washington native, I began my legal career in the Seattle area at a boutique family-law practice. Today, I practice primarily in King and Snohomish Counties.


When I'm not practicing law, I can be found spending time with my two school aged children. I'm also a frequent volunteer at their school events and in the West Seattle Community. I'm also a runner and enjoy participating in half-marathons.




Practice Areas

Licensed since 2001

  1. Family: 75%
  2. Litigation: 15%
  3. Real Estate: 5%
  4. Estate Planning: 5%



Hourly ($375/hour)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

2 total 

  • Steven Scott Burkhalter

    Sara represents her clients aggressively, while at the same explores creative solutions to resolve a matter. When evaluating a case, she sees the practical side (i.e., balancing litigation vs. the goal in mind). She serves her clients well.


    Steven Burkhalter Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Supervised lawyer

  • James Davis Shipman

    I endorse this lawyer. Sara is a very competent, professional attorney. I highly recommend her and her firm.


    James Shipman Family Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact Info

Brewe Layman-Everett

3525 Colby Avenue
Ste. 333
Everett, WA, 98201

Brewe Layman-Mount Vernon

410 Myrtle Street
Mount Vernon, WA, 98273





Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2012
summa cum laudeSeattle University School of Law2000
Phi Beta KappaUniversity of Washington1996
cum laudeUniversity of Washington1996

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Senior AttorneyBrewe Layman2013 - Present
LawyerBeresford Booth PLLC2008 - 2013
LawyerDavidson, Czeisler & Kilpatric2002 - 2008


Association NamePosition NameDuration
Seattle Collaborative Law Training GroupTraining Participant2014 - 2014
Snohomish County Bar Association, Family Law SectionMember2008 - Present
King County Bar Association, Family Law SectionMember2003 - Present
Washington State Bar Association, Family Law SectionMember2003 - Present
Alki Elementary School PTAMemberN/A


Publication NameTitleDate
Puget Sound Family Law BlogThe Intersection of Mental Health and Family Law2015
Puget Sound Family Law BlogSubstance Abuse in the Context of Family Law2014
Beresford Booth News: Divorce & Family LawChild Support Modification: Don't Wait to Decide Who Pays for College2011


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Seattle University School of LawN/AJuris Doctorate2000
University of WashingtonSociologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1996

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Judicial TrainingUFC Judicial Officer's Training on Contempt2015
Bridging the Gap CLEPractice Tips in Family Law: Litigation and ADR2012