Jay & Campbell

Attorney Sarah Campbell

Sarah Campbell

Sarah is a founding member of Jay & Campbell, PLLC. Sarah is a trial attorney, fluent in Spanish, with over a decade of experience in criminal defense, dependency (foster care) and termination of parental rights, adoption, and paternity cases.

Sarah's desire to help families in need prompted her to volunteer and later serve as the Director of Client Services of a local womens' counseling center in Gainesville, Florida prior to attending law school. As the Director of Client Services Sarah was able to compassionately counsel hundreds of women facing unplanned pregnancies and link them with the appropriate services to meet their needs.

Sarah is an experienced guardian ad litem and is certified as a volunteer child advocate for the Guardian ad Litem Program for the 19th Judicial circuit. Sarah began her work in child welfare in 2008 when she was selected as a Florida Bar Foundation Fellow for Florida's Children First, a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to advancing the rights of at-risk children, especially those in foster care. Sarah continued her work in child welfare as a Senior Attorney for Children's Legal Services where she represented the State of Florida in dependency cases. After leaving Children's Legal Services Sarah went on to represent parents, custodians, and children in dependency cases and private adoptions.

Sarah has tried hundreds of child welfare cases, both as an attorney for the Department of Children and as a court appointed attorney representing children and parents involved in the dependency system. Sarah has in-depth experience litigating contested adoption cases, especially as it relates to adoptions of children in state custody. Sarah has also handled many cases involving the placement of children nationwide under the Interstate Compact for Placement of Children, Regulations 1, 2, 4, 7 and 12.

In an effort to support families involved in dependency and adoption proceedings, Sarah is regularly called upon to present to and educate foster parents and adoptive parents on their rights and roles. Sarah has been published on the topics of children's rights and parents' rights in the Florida Bar Journal and the Federalist. Sarah is a co-author of, "Adoption, Paternity, and Other Florida Family Practice." As a Fellow of the Academy of Adoption & Assisted Reproduction Attorneys, Sarah is recognized by colleagues as a vetted and experienced adoption attorney.

Sarah is fluent in Spanish, a graduate of St. Thomas University School of Law and she received her BA in Political Science and Spanish from the University of Florida. Sarah enjoys spending her free time with her husband, three children, and their assorted pets.