A native Texan, Sara earned her B.B.A. in Finance and the Business Honors program at the University of Texas at Austin in 2004. She immediately moved to Houston to attend South Texas College of Law. In 2007, Sara was the first recipient of the Pamela E. George Family Law Award given by South Texas College of Law.
Sara Valentine started her legal career working for Wendy Burgower as a law clerk in 2006 and became Wendy’s associate attorney in 2007. In 2014, Sara became Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Sara continued working with Wendy until joining Schlanger Silver in January 2020.
Sara’s compassion for individuals and families led her to practice family law. She works diligently to understand her client’s goals, evaluate his or her circumstances, consider all options, and avidly advocate for her client. Whether dealing with child related issues or financial issues, Sara’s knowledge, relatability, and drive create a comfortable, secure environment for her clients and aid her in gaining positive results in negotiations and in litigation.
Sara has held several positions within state and local family law organizations. She’s currently a council member of the State Bar of Texas, Family Law Section and has been serving as a council member since 2015. Sara has been serving on the board of the Gulf Coast Family Law Specialists since 2017. From 2010 to 2015, Sara served as a board member of the Houston Bar Association, Family Law Section. Sara has also served as a Team Leader in the Burta Rhoads Raborn Family Law Inn of Court.
In addition to her involvement in family law organizations, Sara contributes to the family law profession through publishing articles and presenting at various state and local family law conferences.
Sara’s Practice Includes
- Divorce Litigation
- Collaborative Divorce
- Pre-Marital and Post-Marital Agreements
- Parentage Actions
- Child Custody & Support
- Enforcement Actions
- Modification Actions
- Step-Parent Adoptions
University of Texas at Austin
B.B.A., Finance and Business Honors Program, 2004
South Texas College of Law
Membership and Affiliations
- Family Law Section, State Bar of Texas (Council Member 2015-2020)
- Family Law Section, Houston Bar Association (Board Member 2010-2015)
- Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists
- Gulf Coast Family Law Specialists (Board Member 2017-2020)
- Collaborative Divorce Texas
- Collaborative Divorce Houston
- Sara is an active member of Second Baptist Church and has served on the board of Rexanna’s Foundation for Fight Lung Cancer since its inception in 2007
Recognitions and Awards
Board Certified, Family Law Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 2014 – present
Texas Super Lawyer, 2022-2023 (by Thomson Reuters as listed in Texas Monthly)
Rising Star, 2011-2022 (by Thomas Reuters, as listed in Texas Monthly)
Houstonia Magazine Top Lawyer (Family Law), 2021-2022
Pamela E. Family Law Award, 2007
Up-and-Coming 50: Women Texas Rising Stars, 2020-2022 (by Thomson Reuters as listed in Texas Monthly)
Sara has been married to her husband, Glenn, for over ten years, and they have two young children – Luke and Peyton. Sara enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, being outdoors, watching sports, and reading (or listening to) a variety of fiction and non-fiction books.