Sarah C. Killingsworth
Sarah is a partner at Simborg • Killingsworth and a Certified Specialist in Family Law as certified by the California Board of Legal Specialization. Sarah's family law practice includes collaborative law, mediation, consultations and litigation. Sarah has been practicing family law since 1998. She is an experienced and highly skilled mediator who also excels in client representation, including complex litigation.
Sarah was awarded the honor of being named a Northern California family law "Super Lawyer" in a survey of her family law colleagues, an honor she has received every year since 2009. Sarah is a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, a professional organization of preeminent family law practitioners.
Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, Sarah received her J.D. from Stanford Law School with distinction. Prior to becoming a partner at Simborg • Killingsworth, Sarah started her family law career working with two of the most distinguished family law firms in the Bay Area: she initially practiced as an associate at Diamond, Bennington & Simborg followed by three years as an associate at Whiting, Fallon & Ross in Walnut Creek. Sarah received her undergraduate education at the University of Pennsylvania, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude with a B. A. in Anthropology, with honors in 1995.
Sarah moderated a panel on collaborative law for the Contra Costa County Bar Association MCLE Spectacular in November 2002. She is also the author of an article on fiduciary duties entitled "New Disclosure Requirements: Too Much of a Good Thing?" (Contra Costa Lawyer, Vol. 15, No. 6, pp. 10-12, June 2002) as well as "2004 Family Law Recent Developments" (CEB Family Law Practice 23rd Annual Recent Developments Program Handbook, January 2005). Sarah was a speaker at the 2008 81st Annual California State Bar Association meeting for the program "Family Law Mediation: Practice Tips for Consulting Attorneys." She is a trainer for the Northern California Mediation Center on the "Fundamentals of Family Law for Mediators and Therapists."
Sarah's professional life embodies a commitment to excellence in the practice of family law and to community service. Sarah served for 11 years on the Board of Directors of the Family and Children's Law Center in San Rafael, an agency that provides family law assistance to low-income families and children in Marin County. She is currently the chair of the Charitable Contributions committee for the Northern California Chapter of AAML, a role she has had since 2012. She also served for three years as an AAML mentor for family law attorneys in the North Bay.