Marlene A Pontrelli

Marlene A. Pontrelli


Education & Credentials


University of Southern California

B.A., Political Science and Speech Communication , 1979

University of California, Davis

J.D., 1982
  • Law Review member
  • Senior Articles Editor

Bar Admission

  • Arizona
  • California


  • Listed in Southwest Super Lawyers
  • AV-Preeminent rated by Martindale-Hubble

Prominent Assignments

Marlene A. Pontrelli is a certified specialist in family law. Her practice focuses on all aspects of family law including dissolution, post-dissolution, paternity, child custody and child support matters. She is admitted to practice in California and Arizona. She is a member of the State Bar’s Family Law Practice and Procedure Committee and is a judge pro tem for the Superior Court of Maricopa County in family law. Ms. Pontrelli obtained her life coaching certificate through the Professional Coaching Institute in 2005. She has extensive trial and appellate experience including appearing before the Arizona Court of Appeals, Arizona Supreme Court and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Ms. Pontrelli has written several books, including the recently published Divorce in Arizona,  She is a frequent lecturer in the area of family law and has conducted workshops throughout the country on time management and balancing work and personal life.

Professional Involvement

  • Maricopa County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Arizona State Bar
  • California State Bar
  • Judge Pro Tempore, Maricopa County Superior Court, Family Law division
  • Adjunct Professor in Family Law at Sandra Day O'Connor School of Law at Arizona State University


Publications - Partial List

  • Daily Meditations for Hearing from Divorce, Addicus Publishing (2016)
  • Divorce in Arizona, Addicus Books (Nebraska 2015) (Co-author with Robert L. Schwartz)
  • Fundamentals of Litigation for Paralegals, Aspen Publishers, 8th Edition (New York 2014) (Co-author with Thomas A. Mauet, University of Arizona)
  • Fundamentals of Litigation for California Paralegals, Aspen Publishers, 5th Edition (New York 2013) (Co-author with Thomas A. Mauet, University of Arizona)
  • Community Columnist for the Arizona Republic, (1997-2008)

Speaking Engagements - Partial List

  • Professional Goodwill in Family Law, State Bar of Arizona (2013)
  • Advanced Family Law, National Business Institute (2012)
  • Business Valuations, Arizona Society of Certified Public Accountants (2012)
  • Family Law Update, State Bar of Arizona (Scottsdale, AZ, April 3, 2009)
  • Family Law Litigation, National Business Institute (Phoenix, AZ, August, 2008)
  • Time Management Skills for Effective Leadership, National League of Cities and Towns (New Orleans, LA., November 14, 2007; Orlando, FL, November 12, 2008)
  • Developing Highly Effective Teams in the Workplace, International Municipal Lawyers Association (Washington, D.C., April 2007)
  • Life Coaching Skills for Effective Leadership: Balancing Your Personal and Professional Life, National League of Cities & Towns (Reno, NV., December 5, 2006)
  • E-Mails, Ethernet, and Privacy in the Workplace, International Municipal Lawyers Association (Portland, OR., September 2006)
  • Real World Ethics, Arizona State Bar (Phoenix, August 10, 2006)
  • Conducting Internal Investigations, Tempe Learning Center (2000-2005)
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