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Sarah Dekraay

Family Attorney at Madison, WI

4.7   9 reviews
  • Licensed for 22 years
    State WI
    Acquired 2002
    Good Standing No misconduct found

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

About Sarah

Learn Sarah’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Family
    Family law including post divorce matters and revision of maintenance cases, UCCJEA and UIFSA.

    22 years

  2. Divorce and separation
    Contested and uncontested divorces; paternity, child support, collaborative law; post divorce.

    22 years

Admitted to practice law in Wisconsin in 2002. Graduated from University of Wisconsin Law school in 2001 and a Masters degree in Business from the University of Wisconsin in 2002.  A background in business allows for a thorough analysis in divorces involving business and tax issues.


Murphy Desmond, S.C.
33 E. Main Street, Suite 500
P.O. Box 2038
Madison, WI, 53701

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Posted by anonymous | April 23, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Sarah Dekraay was a picture of hope during my divorce when I thought there would never be a suitable outcome. She was compassionate, professional, and emotionally supportive. I was worried we would lose everything but we didn’t. Sarah was awesome to work with and I would work with her again.
Posted by Jenn | July 6, 2015
Child Support
Sarah is an amazing Attorney. Not only is she professional but she was also very caring to my situation. She returned my phone calls and emails immediately. She made the process very easy for me and my family. Sarah always had a great attitude and I appreciated that because unfortunately we were dealing with my ex-husband. I would recommend Sarah any time.
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Posted by George | June 28, 2015
Great attorney who helped me get through my divorce with good results..
Sarah was my divorce attorney and did a great job. I was very pleased with the results. She was very helpful and knows the law inside and out. The Judge was very respectful to her and she obviously is well regarded at the courthouse. My money was well spent by having Sarah represent me. I recommend her.
Posted by Jake | December 15, 2014
Great attorney
I hired Attorney DeKraay for my divorce and she quickly filed the documents and contacted the other attorney right away. She was able to handle the other divorce attorney, who was a real jerk, and we got the placement and custody issues for the kids taken care of thanks to her ability to negotiate. She is really easy to talk to and always called me right back whenever I called her and left a message.
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Posted by marla | October 22, 2014
Strong Advocate
Sarah is thorough, interested, smart and compassionate. She always returned my phone calls immediately and she did a terrific job representing me in court. She does not back down and pushed for the best outcome under the circumstances. Very reasonably priced.
Posted by edie | January 31, 2011
Tough and professional representative for my rights
I had a very positive experience using Ms Dekraay to represent me in my recent divorce. I found her to be very professional and knowledgeable. She was someone I could trust to represent my interests during a very emotional time. She fought for my rights and I am very satisfied with the terms of my settlement.
Posted by Christina | January 9, 2011
Excellent Professional Divorce Attorney
I had a very hard time getting straight forward advice from other lawyers. Sarah was straight to the point and was able to help navigate the legal issues in plain english that I could understand and prepare accordingly.
Posted by anonymous | January 6, 2011
Happy Divorcee
Sarah was a incredibly thorough throughout my divorce proceedings. She was always available to hear my concerns and gave me great advice on how to get the best return. She also worked really well with my ex-husbands attorney, so we are still friends
Posted by anonymous | October 27, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Sarah is incredibly knowledgeable about divorce law, is very professional as well as organized and detail-oriented. However, my ex employed a lawyer from Cordell & Cordell, who overall employed a very aggressive approach. I'm not sure Sarah is the best person to go head-to-head with another lawyer like this. I certainly think Sarah could have been proactive at times, as it seemed we were constantly on the defense responding to the other side, rather than being proactive and being one step ahead of the other side. It never seemed as if we had the upper hand throughout the entire divorce process. I paid Sarah tens of thousands of dollars for my divorce. However, when I reached out to her with one question I had after the divorce was finalized and she was no longer representing me, I never even got the courtesy of a reply email or phone call back. The lack of a reply seemed unprofessional to me. Also, Sarah told me many times that I wouldn't' be charged for this call or that email, but that wasn't the case. Perhaps it is because of a lack of transparency, but I believe I paid for things that I was told I wouldn't have to. Lastly, she told me that we could negotiate the remaining $18,000 I owed, but later that day when my divorce was finalized, she just sent me a bill for $18,000. More follow through on things said, especially when it comes to billing, is needed.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 225-260 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Associate attorney
  • Musial & Friedrich, S.C.
  • 2011 - 2013
  • Associate Attorney
  • Eustice,Laffey,Sebranek & Auby, S.C.
  • 2005 - 2010
  • Clerk
  • Racine County Judge Dennis Barry
  • 1999 - 1999


  • University of Wisconsin
  • MA - Masters
  • 2002
  • University of Wisconsin Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2001
  • Indiana University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1988


  • First Tee of Southcentral Wisconsin
  • Mentor
  • 2015 - Present
  • United Way Women's Leadership
  • member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Legal Association for Women
  • member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Executive Women's Golf Association
  • Board Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Family Law Section of Wisconsin State Bar
  • member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Western District Bar Association of Wisconsin
  • member
  • 2002 - Present
  • Joseph Melli Mentorship
  • Mentor
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Family Law Assistance Center
  • volunteer
  • 2011 - 2015
  • Dane County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - 2015
  • Sun Prairie Rotary
  • member
  • 2006 - 2011
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Member
  • 2003 - 2015
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2012


Speaking Engagements

  • Handling a Basic Divorce
  • Family Law
  • 2015
  • Guardian ad Litem Training
  • Family Law
  • 2015

Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (7)
Endorse Sarah
Family Attorney | Apr 05
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse Sarah fully. We have been on opposing sides of several cases, and she is always prepared and diligent. Sarah works hard to find novel and effective solutions for her clients. She represents her client forcefully but respectfully."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 27
Relationship: Co-worker
"Sarah is one of the best family law attorneys in the Madison market. Smart, compassionate and efficient."
Family Attorney | Dec 03
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Attorney Dekraay is an affable, knowledgeable, diligent and effective attorney. I have always found her a passionate advocate for her client while remaining reasonable about the needs of the other party in crafting settlement agreements."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 14
Relationship: Co-worker
"Sarah does an outstanding job in handling family matters in all respects, and has significant experience in this area. She can guide parties through an amicable divorce, but also be aggressive and prepared to fight for the client's interests when necessary."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 14
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse Sarah. She is a compassionate advocate for her family law clients. Sarah explores reasonable options for her clients in a professional, relatable manner."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 19
Relationship: Co-worker
"Excellent lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Co-worker
"Sarah is a very diligent and hard-working attorney who cares deeply about her clients."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Co-worker
"Sarah is great. I highly endorse her as a divorce lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Co-worker
"Sarah is an experienced, hard working and conscientious divorce lawyer."
Family Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Sarah is a very competent and accomplished family lawyer. She is very dedicated to serving all of her clients efficiently."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Sep 15
Relationship: Co-worker
"Every day I have the opportunity to see Sarah interact and advise her clients. She is a very competent family law attorney and handles her cases with great care and compassion. I should also mention that she is one of the best golfers in Madison and won the Madison City Ladies Golf Tournament in 2008."
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Madison Family Lawyer Sarah Dekraay
Sarah Dekraay
Family Attorney
Madison, WI
Licensed for 22 years

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