Attorney at Law
Sara provides compassionate and sensible representation to individuals in all types of family law matters. Sara takes an individualized approach to each case. She strives to help clients make dignified choices that will be in the best interest of the child. Sara is a trained mediator and Collaborative Divorce Practitioner and believes that pursuing alternative dispute resolution is often the most effective and efficient way to resolve family matters. Sara is also passionate about family formation and represents intended parents in adoption and assisted reproductive technology matters with a particular interest in helping same sex couples form families and protect their rights.
Sara is a Denver native and recently moved home from Washington, D.C. In DC, Sara was a founding partner of Zamani & Scott LLP where she provided full service representation to individuals in the areas of adoption, assisted reproductive technology, and custody/divorce matters. Sara regularly litigated complex custody and financial cases in both DC and Maryland and was also appointed by the court to serve as a guardian ad litem in complicated custody disputes. Sara also frequently represented individuals in domestic violence matters (both petitioners and respondents) and was on the World Bank's preferred attorney list for these type of cases.
Sara began her career with DC Children's Law Center (CLC), where in fall 2005, she was chosen to join a handful of guardians ad litem representing children in the DC abuse and neglect system. At CLC, she received extensive training and became skilled at thoroughly investigating each case, making objective recommendations to family court judges, effectively communicating with families in crisis, and providing holistic representation to her clients. During her five years at CLC, she personally represented dozens of children and, upon being promoted to Supervising Attorney, oversaw several junior attorneys in over one hundred cases. Sara loved her time at CLC where she learned a tremendous amount about zealous advocacy and what it means to be deeply involved with families in despair.
Sara was highly active in DC's family law community and has continued that involvement since moving back to Denver. She was elected to serve on the DC Bar Family Law Section Steering Committee (2011-2014), and was the co-chair in 2013-2014. Sara has been featured in courses offered by DC Bar's Practice Management Advisory Service for successfully starting and growing a law practice. She has been a guest lecturer at American University Washington College of Law and Georgetown Law School in the areas of family law, assisted reproductive technology, and children's rights. She was a founding board member to the Collaborative Projects of Maryland and DC, organizations with missions to offer Collaborative divorce to low income families (2010-2014).
She was a member of the District of Columbia Association of Collaborative Practitioners (2010-2015) and board member of the Collaborative Dispute Resolution Professionals of Maryland (2012-2014).
In addition to representing individuals in family law matters, Sara is a Child and Family Investigator (CFI) and regularly makes recommendations to Colorado Courts regarding custody. Sara is a member of the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations and the Family Law Section. In 2016, she served on the ADR Conference Planning Committee. Sara is also a member of the Denver Source for Collaborative Divorce.
Every year since 2013, Sara has been recognized by Super Lawyers—first as Rising Star in 2013 and 2014; and then in 2015 and 2016, she was named as a Super Lawyer in Washington, D.C. by her community of peers. Now in 2017, after moving back home, she has been selected to the Denver list of Super Lawyers.
Sara received her Juris Doctor from The George Washington University Law School, and her Bachelor of Arts degree from Stanford University, where she was awarded Stanford’s Community Building Award.
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Sara J. Snyder graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in Community Health. Prior to living in Denver, she worked at the Virginia Department of Health. Sara has switched to family law to pursue her passion for helping and empathizing with others.