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Marlene A. Pontrelli

Member and Domestic Relations & Family Law Practice Group Co-Chair

Marlene A. Pontrelli is a certified specialist in family law. Her practice focuses on all aspects of family law including dissolution and legal separation of marriage, business valuations, division of property, spousal support, post-dissolution modifications, premarital and post-marital agreements, paternity, child custody, parenting time, and child support matters. She is admitted to practice in Arizona and California. She also acts as a private mediator for parties wishing to settle outside the traditional court process.

Ms. Pontrelli is an adjunct professor at the Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law at Arizona State University where she teaches the family law class. 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 been named as a Southwest Super Lawyer multiple times and was named by Arizona Business Magazine as Top 100 Lawyers in Arizona for 2020.

Education & Credentials


University of Southern California

B.A., Political Science and Speech Communication

University of California, Davis

  • Law Review member
  • Senior Articles Editor

Bar Admission

  • Arizona
  • California


  • Best Lawyers in America®
    • Family Law, 2021-2023
  • Az Business Magazine
    • "Top 100 Lawyer in Arizona," 2020
  • North Valley Magazine
    • "Top Attorney in Family Law," 2019
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
    • "10 Best Family Law Attorneys," (Arizona) 2018-2019
  •  Martindale-Hubbell® Judicial AV Preeminent® Rating
  • Arizona Attorney at Law
    •  "Women of the Year," List, 2018 
  • Southwest Super Lawyers®
    • Family Law, 2015-2024

Prominent Assignments

As a certified specialist in family law, Ms. Pontrelli handles complex family law matters involving not only difficult division and valuation of community businesses, but high conflict parenting and custody issues. While the goal is to always try and settle a matter without the necessity of trial, when trial is required clients benefit from her over 30 years of trial experience. Ms. Pontrelli obtained her life coaching certificate through the Professional Coaching Institute in 2005.

Ms. Pontrelli has written several books, including Divorce in Arizona, Daily Meditations for Healing from Divorce, and the recently published Focus on Family Law. She is a frequent lecturer in the area of family law and has conducted workshops throughout the country on parenting skills, 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

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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