Sara Sidebottom

Attorney at Law

Sara is admitted to practice law in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, as well as before the:

  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Sara Sidebottom joined Ziegler and Schneider, PSC, as of Counsel, after retiring from two decades at Northern Kentucky University (NKU) as Vice President of Legal Affairs and General Counsel. Sara held that position as NKU’s General Counsel from May, 1996 to July, 2016.

Prior to her time at NKU, Sara maintained a general civil and criminal law practice for 16 years, including 10 years as a public defender and six years as a prosecutor. She then served as district judge in Kenton County immediately preceding her tenure at NKU.


Sara Sidebottom is a native of Kenton County and graduate of Villa Madonna Academy, the University of Kentucky and Northern Kentucky University Chase College of Law.

Sara began her career as a public school teacher and continued to teach part-time as an assistant professor at the University of Cincinnati until 1999.

Sara is co-founder of the Northern Kentucky Women’s Lawyer Association. As a member of the Kentucky Commission on Women from 1995-2004, Sara served as vice chair and as a member of the Steering Committee for the “Governor’s Summit on the Economic Status of Kentucky’s Women.”

She is a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys, Kentucky Bar Association, Northern Kentucky Bar Association, Cincinnati Bar Association and the Federal Bar Association (6th Circuit). Sara also currently serves as Chair of the Kenton County Police Merit Review Board.

Areas of Practice


  • Undergraduate: University of Kentucky
  • Law School: NKU Chase College of Law

Bar Admissions

  • Kentucky: 1979

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