Sarah Read, J.D.

Expertise: Dispute Resolution, Arbitration, Community Engagement



  • Owner, Law Office of Sarah J. Read, Columbia, MO (2000-Present)
  • President, The Communications Center, Inc., Columbia, MO (2003-Present)
  • Member, Commercial Panel of Neutrals, American Arbitration Association (2003-Present)


Sarah J. Read has more than 25 years’experience in helping others work through complex issues. She has designed collaborative processes to resolve energy and other regulatory issues, facilitated a range of community dialogues, provided trainings on dialogue and civic engagement to several different organizations, and helped lead visioning and strategic planning efforts.

Sarah’s clients have included governmental organizations, both large and small businesses, professional firms, non-profits, community groups, and educational institutions. Sarah serves on the Missouri Supreme Court Commission on Alternative Dispute Resolution, received an AV® Preeminent™rating from Martindale Hubbell for her legal work, and has received numerous other professional awards and recognitions. As an Adjunct Professor, she teaches the Public Policy Dispute Resolution class at the University of Missouri School of Law.  

Sarah has co-authored two books with SCI Associate David Overfelt: Civic Engagement: 10 Questions to Shape an Effective Plan (2014); and The Civic Health Diagnostic Workbook (2013). MORE