Phone: 216.736.7206 Fax: 216.621.6536 Connect: LinkedIn

Overview

Over her 33 years in practice, Sarah has earned a reputation as a domestic relations attorney who serves clients compassionately and effectively.

Her expertise in family law includes a broad range of issues in divorce and dissolution of marriage proceedings including valuing businesses and business interests, dividing retirement assets, determining support and designing and parenting plans. She is also experienced in post-divorce matters such as the modification and enforcement of support and parenting agreements and relocation. Her legal work for same-sex couples includes structuring parental rights agreements and dissolving unions and marriages.

Sarah’s approach is to explore whether certain dispute resolution strategies can achieve her clients’ goals through alternatives to litigation, but she also has extensive experience with complex litigation for businesses and families. She has advanced training in interest-based negotiation processes of Cooperative and Collaborative Law and is a qualified divorce mediator.

Sarah is regarded by her clients as an attorney who is compassionate but also a tough competitor, a characteristic she demonstrates outside her legal work as an ice hockey player. She is married with one grown son.

“I have a unique capacity to listen with compassion to the emotional part of ending a marriage or relationship. My clients know that I really care about them. I strive to not just get them through the process but make sure they are financially and emotionally stable at the end.” – Sarah J. Gabinet

Education

  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law, J.D., 1982
    • Case Western Reserve University Law Review
  • Indiana University, M.S., Applied Linguistics, 1977
  • Oberlin College, B.A., English and Judaic Studies, 1975

Civic Involvement

  • Volunteer Coordinator and Mediator, Neutral Evaluation Day, Cuyahoga County Domestic Relations Court
  • Temple Tifereth Israel, committee chair

Professional Affiliations

  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • The Center for Principled Family Advocacy, trustee and past president
  • Ohio Women’s Bar Association, past chair, Judicial Selection Committee
  • Ohio State Bar Association

Bar/Court Admissions

  • Ohio State Courts

Awards

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating for Highest Level of Professional Excellence
  • Ohio Super Lawyers, 2005-2017
  • Top 50 Women Ohio Super Lawyers, 2009, 2012, 2016, 2017
  • Top 25 Women Super Lawyers in Cleveland, 2009, 2012, 2016, 2017

Presentations & Publications

  • Civil Discovery Practice In Ohio Handbook, chapter author, 1995
  • Frequent presenter on domestic relations to the National Business Institute and other local and national conferences