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Sarah Fischer
Sarah Fischer

Sarah Fischer

After stepping away from big-firm legal practice and spending years developing an expertise in connection and community-building, Sarah Rutledge Fischer returned to the legal realm and established a mediation and collaborative law practice, Thresholds LLC.  Located in lower Alabama, but serving clients virtually wherever the need arises, Fischer has focused her practice on serving those who desire a more human option than most traditional legal practices currently offer.

Fischer does not limit her practice to a specific area of law. What she offers clients is not predictive knowledge of likely judicial outcomes.  Instead, she offers a client-centered process that prioritizes creating a safe space in which each participant can feel heard and take an active role in determining the way forward.

As a woman and a member of the LGBTQ+ community, Fischer has an appreciation for the fact that many individuals and communities do not feel confident that they will be empowered and treated well in a courtroom or traditional law office.  It is at the heart of the Thresholds LLC mission to provide a place where each person can feel supported in their humanity, dignity, and autonomy as they work to move through the threshold of their conflict or transition to what is on the other side.

For clients who have demonstrable financial need, Fischer reserves one mediation session each month that is available at a scaled rate.


Duke University School of Law, Juris Doctor, 2010

University of Chicago, Bachelors of the Arts, 1999

Areas Of Practice

  • Adult Family
  • Art
  • Civil (general)
  • Civil Union Dissolution
  • Community
  • Divorce (all issues)
  • Divorce (parenting)
  • Elder
  • Family
  • General
  • Marital Mediation
  • Neighbor to Neighbor
  • Online Civil
  • Online Family/Divorce
  • Online Workplace
  • Organizational
  • Pet Mediation
  • Prenuptial
  • Restorative (Criminal)
  • Restorative (Juvenile)
  • Small Claims
  • Trust Management
  • Workplace

Additional Services

  • Collaborative Professional
  • Mediation Consultant

Fees and Provisos

Free 20 minute consultation

Standard rate $300 per hour, with a four-hour minimum.

Discount of $50 per hour for virtual sessions.

Scaled rates available for clients with demonstrable need.

Liability Insurance

  • Yes

ADR Training

  • General/Civil Mediation - Mediation CLE
  • Introductory Interdisciplinary Collaborative Training - My Collaborative Team

Professional Associations

  • Alabama State Bar
  • The State Bar of California
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • My Collaborative Team
  • California Lawyers Association

Publications & Presentations

  • "Navigating Divorce with Dignity," Focus Mid-South Magazine, January, 2021,