A native of Indiana, Sarah completed her undergraduate studies at Indiana University where she graduated with high honors, receiving a dual degree in Criminal Justice and Psychology. She was selected for the Dean's List and was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Honors Fraternity.
Sarah earned her Juris Doctorate from Vanderbilt University Law School, where she served as student notes editor for Vanderbilt University Journal of Transnational Law. Her strong performance in the Moot Court Competition earned her a spot as a member of the Moot Court Board and as a judge for the Mock Trial and First Amendment competitions. She was also a member of the Law and Business Society, the Legal Aid Society, and co-chair of the Class Gift Fundraising Committee.
After graduation, Sarah chose to practice family law due to her genuine concern for those needing representation during what can often be the most stressful and emotional periods of their lives. Sarah's undergraduate degree in Psychology, past work in a domestic violence legal clinic, and internship for the Sex Crimes and Child Abuse division of the Indianapolis Prosecutor's Office have given her unique insight into some of the more delicate issues related to family law. Because of this background, she strives to be a zealous advocate for her clients while also taking the time to listen to their individual needs.
Sarah's dedication to her clients is demonstrated by her numerous awards and recognitions. For five years in a row, the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys has named Sarah as one of the “Ten Best Attorneys For Client Satisfaction” in Tennessee. In 2015 the National Association of Family Law Attorneys named Sarah a nationally-ranked, “Top 10 Under 40.” Since 2016 she has been included on the list of “Rising Stars” by the Mid-South Super Lawyers. In 2017, the American Society of Legal Advocates named her one of the “Top 40 Lawyers Under 40 in the State of Tennessee.” In 2017 the American Jurist Institute named Sarah one of the “Top 10 Family Law Attorneys in Tennessee.”
Sarah's speaking engagements include multiple presentations on grandparents' rights for the Relative Caregivers program of Family and Children's Services, presentations on the practice of family law for the Belmont Family Law Panel and for the Nashville Bar Association Solo/Small Firm Committee, a discussion about the Nashville sit-ins at Pearl Cohn Magnet High School, and a presentation for the local financial planning firm TrustCore about how their planners can better serve the needs of clients who are involved in family law matters.
For two years, Sarah served on the Tennessee Bar Association Family Law Committee Executive Council. During this time, she conferenced with other attorneys throughout the state of Tennessee to discuss proposed legislative changes in the field of family law and to determine whether the Council would support these changes.
Sarah is trained in collaborative divorce and is the Secretary for Collaborative Divorce Nashville.
Sarah believes it is important to use her legal training to give back to her community. She completed extensive training through the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program, and for five years she volunteered as an advocate for the interests of children involved in the court system. Sarah has also drafted wills for servicemen and servicewomen through the Tennessee Bar Association “Wills for Heroes” project. For three years, Sarah was a member of the Belmont University College of Law Inns of Court where she mentored law students. She also serves as an attorney advocate for the Davidson County Juvenile Court “Youth Court” program and is a volunteer in mock court programs for high school students.
Sarah lives with her husband Drew, a financial planner in Brentwood, and their two daughters. Parenthood has strengthened Sarah's empathy for her custody clients and has allowed her to better understand the intricacies of family law cases. Sarah and Drew foster large breed dogs through Big Fluffy Dog Rescue and have three resident dogs of their own.