Sarah Reist Digby

Sarah began practicing law at a small Nashville firm where she fell in love with the field of family law. In 2014, she co-founded Reist & Maples, PLC, with a colleague from law school. In 2016, the firm was proud to receive recognition as a “Top Ten Family Law Firm” by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys. After nearly 3 years at Reist & Maples, PLC, Sarah transitioned her firm to Digby Family Law, PLC, to reflect her new married name and bring on an associate attorney. Sarah has represented clients in a variety of areas including divorce, alimony, child support, child custody, termination of parental rights, dependency and neglect actions, orders of protection, adoption, LBGT family law issues, mediation, paternity fraud, prenuptial agreements, grandparent visitation, guardianships, pet custody agreements, and basic will packages.

Sarah received her Juris Doctorate from Vanderbilt University Law School, where she served as student notes editor for VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY JOURNAL OF TRANSNATIONAL LAW. Her participation in the Moot Court Competition earned her a spot as a member of the Moot Court Board and as a judge for the Mock Trial and First Amendment competitions. She was a member of the Law and Business Society, the Legal Aid Society, and co-chair of the Class Gift Fundraising Committee.

A native of Indiana, Sarah completed her undergraduate studies at Indiana University where she graduated with high honors, receiving a dual degree in Criminal Justice and Psychology. She was selected for the Dean’s List, and was inducted to the Phi Beta Kappa Honors Fraternity.

Sarah’s undergraduate degree in Psychology, past work in a domestic violence legal clinic, and work as an intern to the Sex Crimes and Child Abuse division of the Indianapolis Prosecutor’s Office have given her a unique insight into some of the more delicate issues related to family law matters. Because of this background, Sarah strives to be a zealous advocate for her clients while at the same time building relationships focused upon individual needs.

Sarah’s dedication to her clients is demonstrated by her numerous awards and recognitions. For three years in a row the American Institute Of Family Law Attorneys has named Sarah as one of the “Ten Best Attorneys For Client Satisfaction” in Tennessee. In 2015 the National Association of Family Law Attorneys named Sarah a nationally-ranked, “Top 10 Under 40.” In 2016 and in 2017 she was named a “Rising Star” by the Mid-South Super Lawyers.  In 2017, the American Society of Legal Advocates named her one of the “Top 40 Lawyers Under 40 in the State of Tennessee.” In 2017 the American Jurist Institute named Sarah one of the Top 10 Family Law Attorneys in Tennessee. Additionally, Sarah is one of the youngest family law attorneys in Tennessee to have earned the rating of “Superb” on the AVVO legal search engine.

Sarah is proud to have been nominated for inclusion in the Belmont University College of Law American Inn of Court where she meets monthly with other attorneys to mentor first year law students and to conduct continuing legal education programs. She is also honored to serve on the Tennessee Bar Association Family Law Committee Executive Council where she conferences with other attorneys throughout the state of Tennessee to discuss proposed legislative changes in the field of family law and to make recommendations on these proposals. Sarah is also a member of Women Own Business, a Nashville-based organization for female business owners.

Sarah’s speaking engagements include multiple presentations on grandparents’ rights for the Relative Caregivers program of Family and Children’s Services, a presentation on the practice of family law for the Belmont Family Law Panel and for the Nashville Bar Association Solo/Small Firm Committee, and a discussion about the Nashville sit-ins at Pearl Cohn Magnet High School.

In her free time, Sarah serves as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer, advocating for the interests of children involved in the court system. Sarah also helps to draft wills for servicemen and servicewomen through the Tennessee Bar Association “Wills for Heroes” project. She serves as an attorney advocate for the Davidson County Juvenile Court “Youth Court” program and is a volunteer in mock court programs for high school students. Sarah lives with her husband Drew Digby, who works at the Brentwood financial planning firm TrustCore. Sarah and Drew have two daughters, who have helped Sarah understand all of the intricacies of custody cases. Sarah and Drew also foster large breed dogs through Big Fluffy Dog Rescue and have three resident dogs of their own.

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