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Though divorce can be one of life’s most distressing events, by building relationships, cultivating trust and creating solutions, Sarah Zimmerman 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 to constructively resolve her client’s matter out-of-court, with a large portion of her practice devoted to Collaborative Law and mediation. As a result, the majority of her cases settle without the need for a trial. However, if Collaborative Law or mediation are not suitable for a client or the case will not settle out of court, Sarah is tenacious in pursuing her client’s goals, including litigating when necessary. 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, and recognized by both Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers, 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.

Sarah is a founding partner at Tucker PLLC, a premier DMV family law firm comprised of esteemed attorneys with over 100 years of collective family law experience — all of whom formerly practiced as the Family Law Group of Feldesman Tucker. She is also 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.

Contact & Links
  • 1225 Nineteenth Street, NW, Suite 400
    Washington, DC 20036
  • Hebrew
  • The George Washington University, J.D., graduated 1996
  • University of Pennsylvania, B.A., graduated 1989
Bar Admissions
  • District of Columbia, 1998
  • Maryland, 1996
  • American Bar Association, Family Law and Litigation Sections - Member
  • D.C. Academy of Collaborative Professionals - President (2020 - 2021) and Founding Member
  • D.C. Bar, Family Law Section - Member
  • D.C. Bar, Women’s Bar Association - Member
  • International Academy of Collaborative Practitioners - Member
  • Maryland State Bar Association - Member
  • Maryland Women’s Bar Association - Member
  • Montgomery County Bar Association, Family Law Section - Member
  • Montgomery County Women’s Bar Association - Member
State Clerkships
  • Maryland - Intermediate Appellate Courts

Tucker PLLC
Washington, District of Columbia

7 The Best Lawyers in America® awards

1 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch® in America award

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Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2024 for work in:
  • Family Law
  • Family Law Arbitration
  • Family Law Mediation
  • Collaborative Law: Family Law
  • Washingtonian Magazine, Top Lawyer – Divorce and Family Law (2007, 2017-2023)
  • Bethesda Magazine, Voted Best Family Law Practitioner (2020, 2023)
  • Best Lawyers in America© (2010 - 2023)
  • Best Lawyers in America© – Family Law Arbitration (2021 - 2023)
  • Best Lawyers in America© – Family Law Mediation and Family Law (2019 - 2023)
  • Recognized as a Top-Rated Family Law Attorney in Washington, DC (2010-2021)

  • Washingtonian Magazine, “Top Domestic Relations Lawyer”

  • Selected to the Top 50: Women Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers List (2020 - 2023)
  • Selected to the Washington, DC, Super Lawyers “Top 100 Lawyers” list – Family Law (2020-2023)

  • Selected to the Washington, DC, Super Lawyers list – Family Law (2019-2023)

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