Though divorce can be one of life's most distressing events, by building relationships, cultivating trust and creating solutions, Sarah Zimmerman helps clients achieve the best outcome possible while attempting to minimize the financial and emotional damage of divorce. Sarah excels in guiding clients through complex financial and custody issues, and serves a wide range of individuals including high-asset clients and working or stay-at-home spouses who are financially dependent.
Clients appreciate Sarah’s empathic, calming presence, which offers them much-needed support at one of the most difficult times in their lives. To that end, Sarah forms close working relationships with her clients and is committed to the hard work of problem-solving with both sides, believing that a cooperative approach typically brings her clients’ matters to a quicker and better resolution. While Collaborative law, an out-of-court, lower-conflict alternative to the traditional combative divorce process, is Sarah’s passion and forte, if Collaborative Law or mediation are not suitable for a client, Sarah is tenacious in pursuing her client’s goals, including litigating when necessary. Regardless of the divorce process chosen, Sarah ensures that her client’s needs are addressed.
Sarah believes that a divorce settlement is very much a “package”. Utilizing her keen analytical skills, Sarah is adept at helping clients project their needs for the future and make decisions about which critical pieces they and their families will need for the long-term. Moreover, as the mother of three children herself, if a case involves children, Sarah understands the importance of ensuring that the children’s best interests are protected and minimizing conflict. Sarah encourages her clients to ask “what if” questions during the process to help ensure that their settlement agreement (or court order) provides for important contingencies. Sarah strives to reach a fair and long-lasting outcome that will help her clients avoid conflicts in the future, and most importantly, move forward and begin new lives.
Named by Washingtonian Magazine as one of the "Top Domestic Relations Lawyers" in the area, and recognized by both Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers, Sarah received her Juris Doctor with Honors in 1996 from the George Washington University, where she was Executive Notes Editor of the George Washington University Journal of International Law and Economics, a member of the Moot Court Board, a participant in the Domestic Violence Clinic and an intern in the Sex Offense Section of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia. Thereafter, Sarah clerked for the Honorable James P. Salmon in the Maryland Court of Special Appeals. Prior to joining Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP in 2002, Sarah practiced for five years in the fields of employment law and general litigation and was extensively involved in pro bono domestic violence and custody matters in the District of Columbia Superior Court.
Languages spoken: Hebrew
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I endorse this lawyer. Sarah is a fierce advocate, totally committed to doing whatever it takes to help her clients. She is attentive to the details and nuances that make each client's life circumstances and needs unique. She is deeply caring about children and works hard to protect their interests during separation and divorce.
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I endorse this lawyer. Sarah is the most wonderful law partner a person could have. Why you may ask? She is loyal, committed, extremely hardworking, passionate about her work, a wonderful listener and empathetic at the right times. She is also very tough-minded (being the youngest in a family with all brothers), persistent and goal oriented. She can negotiate, mediate, be collaborative or litigate -- she is versatile. All these qualities that make her such a fine law partner make her one of the best matrimonial/family lawyers a person could have on their side when going through a difficult situation like a complex divorce. Watching Sarah over the last decade, I marvel at her determination coupled with a keen intellect and an ability to communcate well with almost any type of personality. Sarah is the total package -- I would not hesitate to call her, if I were in a situation where my life was dependent on having the best legal counsel possible at my side.
Jonathan Dana Divorce and separation Attorney
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Superlawyer, Washington, DC||Super Lawyers||2013|
|Best Lawyer, Washington, DC||Best Lawyers||2013|
|Honorable Mention--Top Lawyers in Bethesda||Bethesda Magazine||2013|
|88 Top Divorce Attorneys||Washingtonian Magazine||2009|
|Divorce and Collaborative Family Lawyer||Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP||2002 - Present|
|Associate Attorney||Crowell & Moring LLP||1997 - 2002|
|Law Clerk||Honorable James P. Salmon||1996 - 1997|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|DC Academy of Collaborative Professionals||Board Member--2010 to 2011||2009 - Present|
|International Academy of Collaborative Professionals||Affiliate Member||2009 - Present|
|American Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|District of Columbia Bar||Member||N/A|
|Montgomery County Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Maryland State Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Ellis v. Bjorgung||Default Judgment obtained at trial, including an award of a significant portion of the spouse's World Bank Pension to our client, was affirmed by the Maryland Court of Special Appeals.|
|Compton v. Hutchins||Precedent-setting case in the District of Columbia Court of Appeals affirming custody award in the trial court and clarifying the definition of joint custody.|
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|George Washington University National Law Center||Law||JD - Juris Doctor, with Honors||1996|
|University of Pennsylvania||Diplomatic History||BA - Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude||1989|
|DCACP Collaborative Practice Group||Dealing with Payment of Professional's Fees||2011|