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Sarah Van Voorhis

Founding Partner
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601 Montgomery St, #525
San Francisco, California 94111

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Sarah Van Voorhis is a founding partner of Van Voorhis & Sosna LLP. She was certified as a specialist in Family Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.  Ms. Van Voorhis has been exclusively practicing family law in California (San Francisco Bay Area) since 2001.

Ms. Van Voorhis received her J.D. from Stanford Law School and her B.A. from the University of Utah, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa. While in law school, she served as an intern with the U.S. Attorney and the San Jose District Attorney.

Ms. Van Voorhis acquired her formidable divorce and family law litigation experience at well-known and respected Bay Area family law firms. She has been recognized by Super Lawyers magazine after a confidential balloting process by members of the Bar every year since 2009. Most recently, from 2015 to 2017 Super Lawyers named her to their list of Top 100 Attorneys in Northern California. For the past five years (2013-2017), Super Lawyers recognized her by including her on their list of Top 50 Women: Northern California Super Lawyers.  Additionally, for the past seven years (2011-2017), Ms. Van Voorhis was named to their Super Lawyers list.  Finally, her recognition from Super Lawyers magazine began in 2009 and 2010 when she was named a family law Rising Star. In 2014, Ms. Van Voorhis was appointed by the State Bar of California to the Family Law Advisory Commission. Her experience gained her inclusion on the San Francisco Superior Court's Settlement Master panel, where she serves as family law settlement master (settlement judge). She was chairperson of the family law section of the San Francisco Bar Association's Barristers Club in 2008 and served as vice-chair of the family law section in 2007. She currently serves as a Board Member of the Stanford Club of San Francisco.

Ms. Van Voorhis' family law practice focuses on complex marital and domestic partner/same-sex dissolutions (including property allocation and division), child custody, parentage, child and spousal support, and the legal aspects of move-away in child custody cases. She has successfully represented clients in move-away cases at the trial level. She regularly serves as the reviewing/consulting attorney for clients who are resolving disagreements through mediation. She is a member of the family law section of the State Bar of California, a member of the family law section of the American Bar Association, an active member of the San Francisco Bar Association and an active member of Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom (BALIF).

Originally from Park City, Utah, Ms. Van Voorhis is an avid outdoor enthusiast. She enjoys backpacking throughout the western United States and skiing during the winter months.

Education

J.D., Stanford Law School
Intern with U.S. Attorney
Intern with San Jose District Attorney

B.A., University of Utah
Graduated Phi Beta Kappa

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice California State, 2001
Professional & Bar Association Memberships

San Francisco Bar Association's Barristers Club
Chairperson of the Family Law section, 2008
Vice-chair of the Family Law section, 2007

State Bar of California
Family Law section

Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom (BALIF)
Active member

Stanford Club of San Francisco
Board Member, 2009-2010

Family Law Advisory Commission
Member Since: 2014
Appointed by the State Bar of California

Other Education
Interdisciplinary collaborative training from the Sacramento Collaborative Practice Group
Completed Family Law Forensic Accounting 473 at Golden Gate University, 2009
Completed Center for Understanding in Conflict 40-hour Mediation Intensive Training Program, 2013
Publications
Co-Author of "Barrister Club Involvement Leads to Founding of a Firm" appearing in The Bar Association of San Francisco Bulletin, Volume 4, Number 12

Co-Author of monthly column "Family Law Corner" in The Bar Association of San Francisco Bulletin, 2009 to present