450 S. Yellowstone Dr., Madison, WI 53719 | 602 Pleasant Oak Dr., Oregon, WI 53575
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Sara Vanden Brook

Sara has long been a strong advocate for children. Before attending law school, she was a caseworker for the Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare. As an attorney with over 9 years of experience, Sara has helped many families involved in the child welfare system, including foster parents. In all cases, Sara seeks creative solutions that work for families and protect children’s rights. She believes a team approach to family law is a very effective way to meet the unique needs of each family member involved in a case.

Areas of Practice


Sara graduated with distinction from UW-Madison with a B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies & Psychology. She earned her law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 2008.

While in law school Sara was a leader in the Children’s Justice Project. She was also active in the Wisconsin Journal of Law, Gender & Society, and Law Students for Reproductive Justice. She interned for the Honorable David Flanagan, Dane County Circuit Court, and was a student attorney with both the Rock County Public Defender’s Office and the Family Law & Restorative Justice Project of the Frank J. Remington Center.

Professional and Community Activities

Sara now serves as a member of the board of the Divorce Cooperation Institute. She was formerly the President of the board. She is also a member of the Collaborative Family Law Council of Wisconsin, the Dane County Bar Association, and the Legal Association for Women. Sara was also recently elected to the Board of the Children and the Law Section of the State Bar.

Sara volunteers with the Dane County Family Law Assistance Center and the Dane County Case Mediation Program. She has been a coach for Dane County Girls on the Run, and while she’s traded in her running shoes for a yoga mat, Sara is proud to have completed numerous charity runs, including a Madison Marathon and several half marathons across the country.

Additionally, Sara was also accepted into Wisconsin Pro Bono Honor Society 2016. In order to be accepted in to the Wisconsin Pro Bono Honor Society, she had to provide at least 50 hours of qualifying pro bono (free) legal services to benefit people of limited means.


Sara and her husband are the proud parents of their young son, and they have two socially awkward cats, Monkey and George. Sara is an avid Badger, Packer, and Brewer fan. Sara and her family love to travel, especially to tropical destinations, and they also regularly enjoy local trips to the zoo, area parks, and the farmer’s market.