Sarah J. Zimmerman

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Washington, DC

Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP
 | 1129 20th Street, NW, 4th Floor
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202-466-8960
Fax: 202-293-8103
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1998
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law (80%),
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (20%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Hebrew
Attorney Profile

Attorney Sarah J. Zimmerman is a partner at Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP in Washington, D.C. Ms. Zimmerman focuses her practice on family law, serving clients in Washington, D.C., and Maryland in divorce and all related areas of family law.

Ms. Zimmerman graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania and earned her law degree from the George Washington University Law School. While attending law school, she served as executive notes editor of the George Washington International Law Review and participated in the domestic violence clinic and the moot court board.

Admitted to practice law since 1998, Ms. Zimmerman is a skilled litigator and uses collaborative law techniques, such as mediation, to help her clients reach agreements. Before practicing family law, she clerked for a Maryland Court of Special Appeals judge and spent five years as an associate at a private Maryland-based firm.

Ms. Zimmerman serves in leadership roles in her legal community and belongs to several professional organizations. She sits on the board of the D.C. Academy of Collaborative Professionals and is a member of the Bar Association of Montgomery County, Maryland, the Montgomery County Chapter of the Women’s Bar Association of Maryland, the District of Columbia Bar, the Maryland State Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals.

Ms. Zimmerman has received awards and honors for her accomplishments, including being named one of the “top domestic relations lawyers” in Washington, D.C., by Washingtonian magazine. She was also listed in the “Women in the Law” edition of Best Lawyers in 2016.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Family Law (80%): Adoption, Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Juvenile Law, Name Change, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Same Sex Family Law, Father's Rights

Alternative Dispute Resolution (20%): Arbitration, Mediation

Focus Areas

Adoption, Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Juvenile Law, Name Change, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Same Sex Family Law, Father's Rights, Arbitration, Mediation

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Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2019

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About Sarah Zimmerman

Admitted: 1998, Washington D.C.

Professional Webpage: http://www.feldesmantucker.com/attorneys/sarah-j-zimmerman/

Honors/Awards:

  • Best Lawyers, Women in the Law: 2016
  • Top Domestic Relations Lawyers, Washingtonian Magazine
  • Board Member, DC Academy of Collaborative Professionals, 2010-2011, 2017-2018
  • Moot Court Board, The George Washington University Law School
  • Best Lawyers, Super Lawyers
  • Top Nine Women Family Law Lawyers in Washington D.C.: 2016
  • Domestic Violence Clinic, The George Washington University Law School
  • With Honors, George Washington University, Bethesda Magazine

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • International Academy of Collaborative Practitioners, Member
  • D.C. Academy of Collaborative Professionals, Member
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, Member
  • Women's Bar Association, Member
  • Montgomery County Bar Association, Family Law Section, Member
  • American Bar Association, Family Law and Litigation Sections, Member
  • Maryland Women’s Bar Associations, Member
  • Maryland
  • Montgomery County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • District of Columbia Bar, Women’s Bar Association, Member
  • Maryland State Bar Association, Member
  • DC and Montgomery County, Member
  • District of Columbia
  • District of Columbia Bar, Family Law Section, Litigation Sections, Member
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Montgomery County Women’s Bar Association, Member

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • District of Columbia Superior Court, Self-Help Clinic, Volunteer
  • District of Columbia Superior Court, Attorney Negotiator Project, Volunteer

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Sarah J. Zimmerman, Tips for Putting Children First During Separation and Divorce, January 2013
  • Compton v. Hutchins – Co-counsel with Jonathan Dana on precedent setting case clarifying the definition of joint custody in the District of Columbia
  • Ellis v. Bjorgung, Maryland Court of Special Appeals, 2010: Affirming default judgment by Montgomery County Circuit Court against Husband, including award of significant portion of World Bank Pension to Wife
  • Law Journal: Executive Notes Editor, George Washington University Journal of International Law and Economics

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • Ellis v. Bjorgung, Maryland Court of Special Appeals, 2010
  • Compton v. Hutchins, DC Court of Appeals, 2007 

Videos:

  • How to Achieve a Smart and Cost-Effective DivorceSarah Zimmerman – Partner Family Law Washington, DC Divorce Lawyer, Sarah Zimmerman discusses how to achieve a smart and cost-effective divorce. I believe a client can often achieve a better outcome if they work together with their spouse and enter into a settlement agreement rather than seek court intervention. Going into a divorce, many clients have fears that include: ·         Not being able to afford life after divorce ·         Getting custody of their children ·         Being alone in the divorce process ·         Needing to make decisions on their own The key to a smart and cost-effective divorce is to avoid those fears, look away from them, and seek out an attorney who will guide you, inform you, and empower you to make good decisions in your divorce. The second most important thing to do is to resist the inclination to hire an overly aggressive or litigious attorney. In many cases that will result in the opposite of what you are trying to achieve: a cost-effective, smart, and amicable divorce. For most of my clients either mediation, using an attorney or a neutral mediator, or the collaborative divorce process tend to help them reach an effective out of court settlement. To clients facing separation, divorce, or custody issues, it’s important to remember that you don’t have to do this alone. This process can be fraught with emotional and difficult times. Don’t be too hard on yourself. Identify an attorney, collaborative team, or a mediator that will help you, guide you and empower you through the process so you can move forward to the next chapter in your life., How to Achieve a Smart and Cost-Effective Divorce, 2019

Educational Background:

  • University of Pennsylvania B.A., Cum Laude
Office Location for Sarah J. Zimmerman

1129 20th Street, NW
4th Floor
Washington, DC 20036

Phone: 202-466-8960

Fax: 202-293-8103

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Last Updated: 11/14/2018

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