Sarah Richter Perky

Sarah Richter Perky


Making a call to a divorce attorney is often a difficult step raising many questions about finances, children, businesses, and property which may seem overwhelming. Sarah has skillfully navigated her clients through their divorce, post-divorce issues and appeals for almost twenty years.

Sarah has extensive experience in difficult divorce matters involving complex financials issues, business valuations, and contentious child custody matters earning her recognition as a pre-eminent family lawyer in Super Lawyers since 2020 and the Best Lawyers in America since 2024.

Sarah builds a relationship of trust with her clients so that their personal stories are heard, their unique goals are reached, and they fully understand the process. She is a clear communicator and takes a collaborative approach with her clients formulating a tailored action plan for each case.

Relying on her prior experience working at the Tennessee Court of Appeals, Sarah is also well-known for appellate advocacy handling appeals for litigants dissatisfied with the results from their divorce and post-divorce trials including the issues of custody, parenting time, alimony, the division of property, and child support.

Outside the courtroom, Sarah enjoys spending time with her husband, Jefferson Perky, their two children, and their golden retriever, Milly.


The University of Memphis, J.D., 2005

  • Summa cum laude

The University of Tennessee, B.A., 2002

Experience & Honors


  • Best Lawyers in America, Family Law, 2024–present
  • SuperLawyers, Family Law, 2020–present


  • Tennessee Court of Appeals, Middle Section, Senior Law Clerk
  • United States Federal District Court, Western District of Tennessee, Judicial Extern
  • Williamson County Chancery Court of Tennessee, Judicial Law Clerk
  • Tennessee Bar Association – Guest Speaker – Discovery: Effective Use of Subpoenas
  • Tennessee Bar Association – Guest Speaker – Making the Most of Discovery: What You Don’tKnow Can Come Back to Haunt You


I can't imagine what it would be like without a great team to ensure you are protected. By the time the divorce was final I felt that I had an extended family with Sarah and her team. I never doubted that they were looking out for the best interest of my kids, and they would fight to protect my time with them. The process was efficient, as painless as I can imagine the legal process can be, and I know that I've been well served in every aspect.


Sarah is an excellent communicator. During my divorce, she explained the process to me thoroughly and managed my expectations accordingly. She took the time to gain insight into my personal situation and my concerns. She was always quick to answer my questions through the process.


I received several recommendations for attorneys from friends, which I called and/or met with personally. However, I just did not feel comfortable with or like any of them. I then received a referral from a close friend (also an attorney) to meet with Sarah Perky. I knew after our initial consult that she was the right attorney to represent me. Sarah did an amazing job and I would highly recommend her to anyone going through a divorce or dealing with any sort of child custody issues. She knows the law well and knows how to get things done. Sarah is also extremely personable and caring. When you hire Sarah, you are getting someone who genuinely cares and treats you like a brother or sister. Bottom-line: Sarah fought for me without spending money unwisely and got me what I always felt was fair and reasonable, along with greatly increasing the amount of days I get with my kids.


We retained Sarah Richter Perky and were beyond impressed with her services. She conducted herself with complete professionalism, and she was extremely organized, detail oriented, and thorough. She listened attentively to our concerns and thoughtfully evaluated our range of options before she helped us develop a plan. Sarah was truly collaborative, offering invaluable input to us throughout the process and ensuring we had opportunities for input as well. We also greatly appreciated her promptness in responding to contacts and her willingness to answer any and all questions. We would highly recommend Sarah to anyone in need of high-quality representation.

Kurt & Elizabeth

Sarah helped me with my divorce. There were kids and a house involved, so I asked around for recommendations, and ended up meeting with Sarah. I immediately felt comfortable with her- she is very smart, listens really well, and did a great job helping me understand the whole process. I felt like she had plenty of experience and knowledge, and she was always on time and responded to my emails and calls really quickly. In mediation is where she really had to fight, and she was assertive and didn't back for 10 hours straight she fought for me during the mediation process. I think one of the most important things in a divorce is for you to trust your lawyer, and I couldn't recommend Sarah more.