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

Sarah J. Zimmerman is a partner at Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP, the largest family law practice in Washington, DC. Sarah focuses her practice on all aspects of family law, with an emphasis on Collaborative Divorce, negotiation, and mediation, serving clients in Washington, D.C. and Maryland.

Though divorce can be one of life’s most distressing events, by building relationships, cultivating trust and creating solutions, Sarah helps clients achieve the best outcome possible while attempting to minimize the financial and emotional impact 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.

Sarah's client-centered approach and her empathic, calming presence offer divorcing individuals much-needed support during one of the most difficult times in their lives.  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 more favorable resolution.

Sarah utilizes all forms of dispute resolution, including Collaborative Law and mediation, to constructively resolve her client’s matter out-of-court.  As a result, the majority of Sarah’s cases settle without the need for a trial.  However, if Collaborative Law or mediation are not suitable for a client and the client's case will not settle out of court, Sarah is tenacious in pursuing her client’s goals through litigation.  Regardless of the divorce process chosen, Sarah, a skilled negotiator, advocate and litigator, ensures that her client’s specific needs and interests are addressed.

Sarah is also a trusted private and court-appointed mediator engaged by individual clients and family law attorneys.  Sarah is known for her ability to constructively resolve difficult and seemingly intractable custody and financial issues through the mediation process, and her family law colleagues often turn to Sarah to mediate such cases so their clients can reach settlement without the need for a costly trial.   

Sarah believes that a good and durable divorce settlement is very much a “package”.  Utilizing her keen analytical skills, she is adept at helping both her individual and mediation clients focus on their priorities and make informed decisions about what they and their families will need for the long-term.  Moreover, as the mother of three children, Sarah understands the importance of keeping children’s best interests paramount and protected, in particular through minimizing conflict.  In every case, Sarah strives to reach a fair and long-lasting outcome that will help clients avoid conflicts in the future, and most importantly, move forward and begin this new stage in their lives.

Named by Washingtonian Magazine as one of the "Top Domestic Relations Lawyers" in the area, recognized by Super Lawyers since 2010 and by Best Lawyers in both Family Law Mediation and Family Law, 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 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.

She is a founding member and President-Elect of the DC Academy of Collaborative Professionals and a co-author of the Domestic Relations Manual for the District of Columbia. 

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Family Law (80%): Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Same Sex Family Law

Alternative Dispute Resolution (20%): Arbitration, Mediation

Focus Areas

Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Same Sex Family Law, Arbitration, Mediation

Selections

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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:

  • Recognized by SuperLawyers from 2010 to present
  • Best Lawyers, Family Law Mediation and Family Law: 2018; Best Lawyers, Women in the Law 2016; Best Lawyers, Recognized since 2010
  • Named a "Top Lawyer" by Washingtonian Magazine: 2018; Named "Top Domestic Relations Lawyer" by Washingtonian Magazine
  • President Elect, DC Academy of Collaborative Professionals: 2019; Board Member, 2010-2011, 2017-2018; Founding Member

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • International Academy of Collaborative Practitioners, Member
  • D.C. Academy of Collaborative Professionals, Founding Member and President Elect
  • 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 Association, Member
  • Montgomery County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • District of Columbia Bar, Women’s Bar Association, Member
  • Maryland State Bar Association, Member
  • District of Columbia Bar, Family Law Section, Member
  • 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

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 Divorce Sarah Zimmerman – Family Law Partner at Feldesman Tucker in Washington, DC - discusses how to achieve a smart and cost-effective divorce, How to Achieve a Smart and Cost-Effective Divorce, 2019

Educational Background:

  • University of Pennsylvania B.A., Cum Laude
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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: 10/10/2019

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