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Sara Johnson
Sara Johnson

Senior Mediator

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Sara Johnson

Sara Johnson has mediated more than 8,000 cases, served as the President of the Mediation Association of Colorado from 2015 through 2017, and was on the Board of Directors from 2011 through 2020. Contracted with the Office of Dispute Resolution from 2012-2023, as one of their few mediators authorized to mediate in Spanish, Sara has extensive experience mediating Domestic Relations as well as Civil Disputes.

Through ODR, theMAC, and the Colorado Judicial Institute, Sara has participated in and collaborated on creating multiple workshops, published material and presentations including ethics panels, best practices for mediation, trauma-informed mediation practices, domestic violence trainings and regularly attends the Colorado Family Law Institute.

Sara worked at Arapahoe County Child Support Services and in Denver JV Court from 2012 through 2018 mediating parenting and support issues.

Actively involved in Mediators Beyond Borders, Sara participated in their International Congresses in 2015 in Romania, 2017 in Holland and in 2019 in Indonesia.

After graduating from Sarah Lawrence College with a concentration in cultural anthropology, Sara spent twenty years living and working in Spain and South America, speaks Spanish and Portuguese and brings a broad worldview to her practice.

ADR Experience

After working together for several years as mediator and attorneys, Sara, Stephanie and MariaJose joined forces to create a Group dedicated to Alternative Dispute Resolution.

Sara and Stephanie completed their 40-hour mediation training with Judy Mares-Dixon and quickly realized their passion for dialogue-based conflict resolution. With similar practical, solution-focused styles, meeting each client without judgment, but with respect and compassion.

Having lived and worked for extended periods in Europe and Latin America, Sara, Stephanie and MariaJose are completely bilingual English/Spanish speakers and are particularly open and sensitive to cultural differences. They have a combined 25 years of experience specializing in family law issues.

Sara, Stephanie and MariaJose are dedicated to treating each party with dignity, helping to create productive dialogue and mutually beneficial, lasting solutions.

Having mediated over 8,000 cases, Johnson Mediation Group specializes in domestic relations issues including divorce, parenting plans, child support, dependency and neglect, in addition to civil disputes.


Change is difficult and conflict is inevitable, but there are solutions to closing one chapter in life and beginning another, through honest dialogue and creative problem-solving.  Our goal is to help you move forward and find resolution.


B.A., Cultural Anthropology, Spanish, 1991 SARAH LAWRENCE COLLEGE, New York



















Areas Of Practice

  • Adult Family
  • Cross Cultural
  • Divorce (all issues)
  • Divorce (parenting)
  • Family
  • International
  • Online Family/Divorce

Additional Services

  • Arbitrator
  • Mediator-Arbitrator
  • Online Arbitrator



Fees and Provisos

  • Regular Session with Sara Johnson: $260 per party for the first 2 hours (4 hour limit).

  • Full Day Session with Sara Johnson: $780 per party for the first 6 hours (8 hour limit).

Liability Insurance

  • Yes

ADR Training

  • 40-hour Training in theory and practice – The Mediation Process, 2011 MARES-DIXON & ASSOCIATES, Colorado
  • Family Law Conference Colorado Bar Association 2014-2017, 2022, 2023
  • MBB International Congress in Bucharest, Romania April 2015, the Hague, the Netherlands October 2017, and Bali, Indonesia November 2019 MEDIATORS BEYOND BORDERS.
  • Mediating in Colorado Courts, April 2016, COLORADO JUDICIAL DEPARTMENT.
  • Spanish Court Interpreter Orientation, 2011 Consortium for State Interpreter Certification written exam: 97% score. COLORADO JUDICIAL DEPARTMENT.
  • A Collaborative Victim-Centered Response to Abuse in Later Life, 2011 JUSTICE PROJECT FOR OLDER ADULTS IN DENVER
  • FAMILY TREE- Domestic Violence Issues: A Training for Mediators 2012 Jefferson County Mediation Services Colloquium on ELDER LAW- The New Frontier, 2012
  • DIVORCE MEDIATION MATTERS: Substance, Statutes and Skills, the Elledge Group, Inc. 2012.
  • Colorado ADR Conference 2011-2018: Ethics panel, Planning Committee and Attendee.

Professional Associations

  • Mediation Association of Colorado

Publications & Presentations

  • • “Mediation Guide for Colorado Courts” (the “Guide”) a joint project of the Colorado Judicial Institute and the Office of Dispute Resolution of the Colorado State Court Administrator’s Office - Committee
  • CHFA Colorado Housing and Finance Authority Created and Presented the Dispute Resolution Workshop for the CHFA Reach program 2014.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Portuguese