Sara Saltmarsh

Sara E. Saltmarsh

Because of Ms. Saltmarsh’s many years of experience and active participation in professional organizations, she utilizes a network of well-qualified experts as needed. To assist in your case, she may recommend utilizing experts such as Certified Public Accountants and licensed Appraisers. It may be advisable to engage a child psychologist or other mental health professional to offer suggestions, give guidance, or testify about sensitive and important issues such as custody and visitation of children – always with an emphasis on their well-being. We have impeccable standards of honesty and integrity and understand the client’s need for discretion and privacy. Ms. Saltmarsh has represented many high-profile individuals, including celebrities and professional athletes, who make their home in the central Texas area.

Ms. Saltmarsh is a frequent and popular speaker at Continuing Legal Education seminars. She has also authored legal articles on topics such as mediation, divorce procedure, local civil practice, and retirement benefits.

She is an active community volunteer and has volunteered for many local organizations, including her children’s schools, the Austin Bar Association, and Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas. She is very interested in local arts and history and serves on the Board of Governors for Pioneer Farms.

Primary practice area includes Travis, Williamson, and Hays counties, and Ms. Saltmarsh will practice outside that area with the affiliation of local counsel.

Credentials and Awards

Member in Good Standing, State Bar of Texas, 1987-Present

Member in Good Standing, The Florida Bar, 2004-Present

Board Certified in Family Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization (TBLS), 1992-Present (re-certified 1997, 2002, 2007, 2012, 2017, and 2022)

AV-Rated, Martindale-Hubbell

Adjunct Professor, University of Texas School of Law, 2017-Present

President, Collaborative Divorce Austin; Board Member, 2017-Present

American Bar Association Directory of Women in Dispute Resolution

American Bar Association Mediation Committee

Member, Collaborative Divorce Texas (CDT); Forms Committee, 2024

Treasurer, Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Section of Austin Bar Association, 2023-Present; Past Chair 2017-2020, Board of Directors 2014-Present

Past Chair, Family Law Section of Austin Bar Association

Member, Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists (TAFLS)

Member, Travis County Family Law Advocates (Family Law Specialists in Travis County, Texas)

Member, International Association of Collaborative Professionals

Member, Texas Association of Mediators (TAM)

Member, Austin Mediators’ Association (AMA)

Chair, Preservation Committee of Austin Bar Association, 2022-Present

Past Chair, Women’s Law Section of Williamson County, Texas

Member, Pro Bono Committee of Austin Bar Association, 2019-2023

Member, Board of Directors of Austin Bar Association, 2017-2020 and 1991-1992

Pro Bono Award, Travis County Women Lawyers’ Association, 2009

Courthouse Security Committee, Travis County Commissioners Court, 1991-92

University of Texas, J.D., 1986

American Jurisprudence Awards (Highest Grades) in Marital Relations & Divorce, and Wills & Estates, 1986 (UT School of Law)

Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Scholar, U.S. Congressional Intern, 1976

Givens Distinguished Scholar, 1974-75

Past Chair, Women Lawyers’ Section, Williamson County Bar Association

Florida State University, B.A., magna cum laude, Honors in English, 1978

Phi Beta Kappa, Lambda Iota Tau honorary societies (Florida State University)

Member, Phi Beta Kappa of Greater Austin Member, Austin, Williamson County, and Hays County Bar Associations

Specialized Training in Alternative Dispute Resolution & Collaborative Law

American Bar Association Arbitration Training, Atlanta, GA, June 2024

Annual Collaborative Law Seminar, State Bar of Texas, March 2024

Annual Alternative Dispute Resolution Course, State Bar of Texas, January 2024

American Bar Association Arbitration Training, New York City, NY, March 2023

Annual Collaborative Law Seminar, State Bar of Texas, March 2023

Annual Alternative Dispute Resolution Course, State Bar of Texas, January 2023

Annual Collaborative Law Course, State Bar of Texas, March 2020

AFCC Annual Conference, Washington, DC, June 2018

Advanced Collaborative Law Interdisciplinary Training, Collaborative Law Institute, June 2018

Annual Collaborative Law Course, State Bar of Texas, March 2018

Annual Collaborative Law Course, State Bar of Texas, March 2017

Basic and Advanced Collaborative Law Training, Nova Southeastern University, 2017

Annual Alternative Dispute Resolution Course, State Bar of Texas, January 2017

New Ways for Families Training Seminar, High Conflict Institute, 2013; NWFF Update Training, 2015

Annual Collaborative Law Course, State Bar of Texas, February 2015

Interdisciplinary Two-Day Collaborative Law Training, Collaborative Law Institute of Texas, November 2010

Annual Collaborative Law Course, State Bar of Texas, March 2010

Basic Collaborative Law Training, 2003, Tampa

Basic Mediation Training, 1998, Texas Senate and Texas A & M University System

Family Law Mediation Training, 1998

South Texas College of Law Member of Central Texas Collaborative Law Group, 2001-2003, 2008-2010

Member of Collaborative Divorce Texas (formerly Collaborative Law Institute), 2010-Present

Board Member of Collaborative Law Texas practice law group, 2010-Present

Member of Collaborative Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, 2010-Present

Numerous CLE seminars featuring Mediation, Collaborative Law, and Alternative Dispute Resolution topics, 1990-Present

Mediated Family Law and other legal disputes since 1990

Settlement Week Training, beginning in 1990, for Travis County District Courts, Austin

Mediated Family Law and Personal Injury cases during Travis County and Williamson County Settlement Weeks

Member of Alternative Dispute Resolution and Family Law Sections of the Austin Bar Association and the State Bar of Texas

Professional & Community Service

Volunteer Attorney, Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas

Travis County Women Lawyers Association

Travis County Bar Association, Judicial Affairs Committee, 1992-93, 1996-98, and 2010-2014

Recipient, Pro Bono Award, Travis County Women Lawyers’ Association, 2009

TCBA/AYLA Mentor Program Committee, Member, 1990-94 and 1996-98, and Chairperson 1993-94 and 1996-98

Travis County Bar Association Legal Services to the Indigent Committee; Member, 1991-93, and Co-Chairperson 1992-93

Travis County Bar Association Board of Directors, 1991-92, 2017-2020

Austin Young Lawyers Association, Co-Chairperson, It’s the Law Committee, 1990-92

Sierra Club, 1986-Present

Board of Directors, Pioneer Farms Foundation, 2009-Present

Volunteer in multiple roles, Eanes ISD schools, 1999-2020

Former member, Ballet Austin Guild

Hobbies & Interests

Sara’s hobbies and interests include basketry, ice and inline skating, skiing, swimming, windsurfing, reading, yoga, dancing, theatre, writing, attending arts events, and walking her dog (Pepper).

Picture of Sara in a pioneer woman's dress.
Sara in a period costume at Pioneer Farms.

What Our Clients Say

“Sara is amazing! She listens, understands and is very compassionate. She was extremely helpful at walking me through the process and helping do what was best for me and my family. We were luckily able to settle in mediation. I highly recommend her for anyone going through family issues.”

~ Anonymous

Meet Pepper

Clients love Pepper! She is an 11 year-old labrador retriever, who has been Sara’s faithful office companion since she was three months old. Sweet and gentle in temperament, Pepper has been a source of comfort to numerous clients and staff through the years. Pepper will be happy to keep you company if you wish.

Pepper, a black lab