Sarah D. Zigulich is the Founding Member and Principal of SDZ Law, LLC. She restricts her practice exclusively to the area of family law, including traditional contested litigation, appeals, negotiation, mediation, alternative dispute resolution, and collaborative law.
Prior to founding the firm, Sarah established herself as an associate attorney at a large Chicago family law firm. She counsels clients in all areas of matrimonial and parentage law, including divorce, child custody (allocation of parental responsibilities and parenting time), spousal support (maintenance or alimony), child support, child relocation, debt and asset distribution, pension division, orders of protection, prenuptial, postnuptial and cohabitation agreements, and numerous other financial and emotional decisions surrounding family law litigation, negotiation, and mediation. Sarah has extensive experience guiding clients through high-conflict parenting relationships, while her unique background gives her a foundation of unparalleled knowledge in handling complicated financial issues related to high-net-worth individuals, including business valuations, preserving non-marital assets, tracing concealed accounts, and analyzing complex compensation benefits.
It is vital to Sarah that her clients have the tools and information to make impactful decisions during their litigation. She takes the time to specifically discuss the process, advantageous strategies, and potential outcomes with her clients. She has been consistently recognized by her peers in the field, including being selected as a 2019 Rising Star by Super Lawyers, a 2019 Emerging Lawyer by Leading Lawyers, receiving the award of the Top 40 Under 40 by The National Advocates in 2017, and being granted the “Clients’ Choice Award” by Avvo in 2015.
Sarah is the Co-Chair of the Chicago Bar Association’s Alliance for Women Committee and is a member of the Chicago Bar Association and Illinois Bar Association. She earned her law degree from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Illinois. While in law school, she was a member of The John Marshall Law Review and belonged to the Phi Delta Phi International Legal Honor Society. Sarah graduated cum laude from Loyola University Chicago with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a double minor in Sociology and Women’s Studies. Prior to practicing, Sarah was a legal extern to a judge presiding in the Domestic Relations Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County.
In addition to her legal training, Sarah obtained her Divorce Mediation Certificate from Northwestern University in 2013.
|IL||Active And Authorized To Practice Law||2011||07/06/2019|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Rising Stars 2019||Super Lawyers||2018|
|Top 40 Under 40||The National Advocates||2017|
|Top 40 Under 40||The National Advocates||2016|
|Best Brief||Moot Court Competition||2010|
|Attorney||Hoffenberg & Block||2017 - Present|
|Associate Attorney||Anderson & Boback||2015 - 2017|
|Associate Attorney||Tristano & Tristano, Ltd.||2013 - 2015|
|Judicial Extern||Circuit Court of Cook County||2013 - 2013|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Illinois State Bar Association||Member||2011 - Present|
|Chicago Bar Association||Member||2011 - Present|
|The John Marshall Law Review||Member||2008 - 2009|
|Phi Delta Phi International Legal Honor Society||Member||2008 - 2011|
|The Catalyst, Illinois State Bar Association||Proper use of preferred gender pronouns||2016|
|Anderson & Boback||Blog||2015|
|Northwestern University||Divorce Mediation||2013|
|The John Marshall Law School||Juris Doctor||2011|
|Loyola University Chicago||Bachelor of Science, Cum Laude||2006|
|Seminar||Landmark Decision: Obergefell v. Hodges||2015|
|Seminar||The New Maintenance Guidelines||2014|
|Seminar||How to Mitigate the Cost of Infidelity||2013|
|Emergency Order of Protection||Client, his residence, and his workplace is protected for two years.|
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