Regarding COVID-19:

Collins, Buckley, Sauntry & Haugh remains open for business during this Stay at Home period as our work has been deemed essential by Governor Walz. To ensure we can serve our clients and that our staff is safe and healthy we are doing our work remotely. We continue to work on current and new client matters. Minnesota Courts are determining which cases will be heard based on their priority level. If you have an active case and an upcoming hearing date, we will notify you regarding any additional impact the circumstances surrounding COVID-19 may have on your case. Thank you for your continued patience and cooperation during this time.

Sarah J. McEllistrem

Sarah A. Peterson

Sarah A. Peterson

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Practice Experience

Sarah Peterson practices in the area of family law at Collins, Buckley, Sauntry & Haugh, P.L.L.P. After spending two years at Collins Buckley as a law clerk, Sarah is excited to continue her legal career at Collins Buckley as an associate attorney. She uses her background in accounting to aid clients with complex financial issues through separation and divorce. Sarah is passionate about women’s issues and volunteers with Global Rights for Women to end violence against women. Sarah handles matters of divorce, custody, parenting time, child support, orders for protection, spousal support, and post-divorce matters.

Personal Bio

Sarah excels at oral arguments and legal writing. Sarah has competed on trial advocacy teams for the past 11 years. While in law school, Sarah was a member of the Trial Advocacy Team and an officer of the Delta Theta Phi legal fraternity. During her final year of school, Sarah was the editor of Adelphia—the national law journal of Delta Theta Phi. Sarah is dedicated to her alma mater, Kansas State University. As an alumna, Sarah is on the Leadership Council for the Young Alumni Leaders association of the College of Business. She also is an Alumae Chapter Officer for her sorority, Alpha Gamma Delta.

During her free time, Sarah reads from her collection of over 200 books and spends time with her twenty-pound cat named Walter.


  • University of St. Thomas School of Law, Minneapolis, Minnesota
    • J.D. - 2020
  • Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas
    • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
    • Honors: Honors Program
    • Major: Accounting
    • Minor: English

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, 2020

Professional Associations

  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Ramsey County Bar Association
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers
  • National Association of Women Lawyers
  • Young Alumni Leaders, Kansas State University

Pro Bono Activities

  • Global Rights for Women
  • Tubman Safety Project