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Alona M. Gottfried
Simmons & Gottfried, PLLC

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8160 E. Butherus Drive, Suite 7
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Fax: 480-998-6074

Description of Practice

Alona M. Gottfried is an experienced mediator, attorney (25 years), mediation instructor, and conflict resolution trainer in Arizona who is committed to resolving conflicts through collaborative and peaceful means. She mediates family law matters, including divorces, legal separations, custody matters, child support matters, reconciliation mediation, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, and unmarried couples/gay couples issues. She also mediates real estate disputes for the Arizona Association of Realtors. In addition, she mediates employment law disputes, neighborhood and family disputes, and a wide range of other disputes, and she enjoys a high success rate in resolving disputes. Alona, a native of Arizona, obtained her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Arizona State University (Summa Cum Laude) and her law degree from the College of Law at Arizona State University (Cum Laude). She twice received advanced mediation training at the prestigious Pepperdine School of Law, and she has taught mediation to new and experienced mediators across the state of Arizona. Alona also facilitates conflicts between groups and trains employers to help them improve employee relations and avoid employee lawsuits. Alona served as the State Bar of Arizona Alternative Dispute Resolution Executive Council Chair in 2020-2021 and is now a Member at Large. She previously served as an executive officer of the Arizona Dispute Resolution Association and is trained in Collaborative Divorce Law. She also helps resolve legal actions as a Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Pro Tem.

Professional Background

Settlement Judge Pro Tem, Maricopa County Superior Court (2004 to present); Community Legal Services Mediation Volunteer (2010 to present); ARIZONA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® MEDIATOR; International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (2004 to present); Collaborative Divorce Professionals of Arizona (2004 to present); Alternative Dispute Resolution, Family and Employment Law Sections of the State Bar of Arizona; Arizona Dispute Resolution Association, Executive Secretary and Board Member (2003 to 2004)


Arizona State University College of Law Juris Doctorate, May, 1995 (Cum Laude). Honors: - Williard H. Pedrick Scholar - Maricopa County Bar Association Outstanding Student Award - Alan A. Matheson Service Award; Arizona State University Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, May, 1992 (Summa Cum Laude). Honors: - Phi Beta Kappa; Bar Admissions: State Bar of Arizona, United States District Court, United States Supreme Court


Dates    Trainer(s)    Title   
June 22-24, 2006    Pepperdine University School of Law Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution     Advanced Family Mediation Skills. 18 hours
June 16-18, 2005    Pepperdine University School of Law Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution     Advanced Mediation. 18 hours
November 4-16, 2002    Merge Consultants Mediation & Conflict Resolution Training     Mediation training. 40 hours
Multiple dates    Numerous others through Arizona State Bar    Varied


Alona developed an interest in mediation and other forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution after witnessing the effect litigation had on her clients in her almost 20 years of practice. Litigation is expensive, emotionally exhausting, and time consuming. Ultimately, parties place their fate in the hands of attorneys, judges and juries, and good results in Court are never guaranteed. Although litigation is necessary in some circumstances, Mediation is almost always a better method to resolve issues. Mediation allows parties to settle disputes on their terms, which results in better outcomes for all involved.


Alona's rate is $250.00 per hour. She offers a sliding scale in some circumstances. Alona also offers a 30 minute complimentary consultation. For family law mediation, she offers a "pay as you go" fee structure to assist parties financially.

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Online Arbitrator
  • Parenting Coordinator
  • Advanced Mediation Trainer
  • Mediator-Arbitrator
  • Mediation Consultant
  • Mediation Trainer
  • Representational Lawyer
  • Mediating Lawyer
  • Collaborative Professional
  • Arbitrator
  • Facilitator
  • Online Mediator

References available upon request.