Sarah Berkus Gower

Berkus Sarah

Sarah practices exclusively family law, representing high net worth individuals in a variety of complex family law matters. Her cases have required the characterization, valuation and division of multifaceted domestic and international assets such as multi-layered business entities, extensive real estate holdings, publicly and privately held investments, stock options and other sophisticated compensation packages, retirement assets, professional practices, family trusts and personal property, as well as spousal support, child support and custody issues. Sarah represents clients across Southern California, including  Santa Barbara County, the Santa Ynez Valley, Los Angeles and surrounding areas. She has  participated in trials and successfully mediated cases.

Sarah joined Hollister & Brace as an attorney after being admitted to the California Bar in 2010.

Sarah is a third-generation Santa Barbara native and is strongly rooted to the community. Before attending law school at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, Sarah received her B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Global Management from the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business. At USC, she was a member of the selective Marshall Business Scholars program, and graduated in only three years, with cum laude University honors.

She was a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, and achieved Dean’s List honors all semesters.  While attending USC, Sarah spent a summer at the London School of Economics and Political Science studying Competitive Strategy and Game Theory, and International Political Economy. During law school, Sarah was a Member and Senior Editor of the Denver Law Review. She was published in the Law Review’s Tenth Circuit Survey issue for her article “En Banc Review in the Tenth and D.C. Circuits and United States v. Nacchio,” and also participated in the Student Law Office’s Advanced Mediation and Arbitration Clinic, where she provided free mediation services to litigants in the Denver County Court, and was a member of the Phi Delta Phi International Legal Honor Society – Brewer Inn.

One of the cases in which she participated at the trial level, Marriage of Williamson, was selected by the California Family Law Review as Case of the Month, in August 2014.  Link:


  • J.D. 2010, University of Denver Sturm College of Law
  • B.S. 2006, Business Administration, Global Management Concentration, University of Southern California Marshall School of Business, cum laude
  • American Bar Association
  • Santa Barbara County Bar Association
Community Involvement
  • Co-Chair 2015 - Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care Yachts of Love Charity Regatta
  • Committee Member 2014 - Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care Yachts of Love Charity Regatta
  • Past Vice President - Friends of VADA Board (Santa Barbara High School Visual Arts and Design Academy)