Senior Mediator

Senior MediatorThis mediator has at least 100 hours of mediation training, 500 hours of mediation experience, agrees to take part in at least 12 hours per year of continuing mediation education, and subscribes to's required standards of mediation practice.


Mara is a highly skilled divorce mediator. She is a licensed Arizona attorney with a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology. Mara’s experience is complemented by her compassionate and creative approach to mediation. With over 29 years of experience practicing law and over six years working in the psychology field, Mara brings a limitless pool of legal, business, and psychological expertise, insight, and knowledge to her mediation sessions. Mara has mediated well over 2,000 divorce cases with almost every case finding a mutually acceptable settlement and avoiding court and the stress of litigation.

Mara’s experience is complemented by her compassionate and creative approach to mediation. She understands the complexity of interpersonal disputes and is sensitive to the needs of each party. Mara is dedicated to helping clients avoid the stress and financial costs typical of lawsuits while resolving their differences quickly and effectively.

Affordable Mediation’s practice includes additional trained mediators and a recently added Divorce Coach, as well as collaboration with a Certified Divorce Financial Planner.

• Graduated from one of the top law schools in the country, the University of Texas at Austin
• Spent the first part of her legal career as an attorney with the prestigious law firms of Gallagher & Kennedy and Steptoe & Johnson
• Obtained her Master’s degree in Professional Counseling with highest distinction
• Adjunct professor of Counseling Psychology at Argosy University
• Past President of the Arizona Counselors Association
• Active member of the State Bar of Arizona and has taught and published in the legal field
• Has been published in the Arizona Counseling Journal
• Member of the Alternate Dispute Resolution and Family Law Sections of the Arizona State Bar, the Association for Conflict Resolution (Practitioner status), the Arizona Association for Conflict Resolution (Practitioner status), the Employee Assistance Professionals Association, the Maricopa County Association of Family Mediators, the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, and Arizona Collaborative Colleagues (Professional Member)
• Extensive Mediation training and Continuing Education courses

ADR Experience

Mara has been mediating since 2007 and has worked with well over 2000 divorcing couples in assisting in reaching workable, sustainable, mutually comfortable agreements.


JD Law – University of Texas at Austin School of Law;
MA Professional Counseling – Argosy University;
BA Psychology – University of Texas at Austin

Areas Of Practice

  • Divorce (all issues)
  • Divorce (parenting)
  • Family
  • Marital Mediation
  • Online Mediation
  • Adult Family

Additional Services

  • Conflict Coach
  • Mediator
  • Mediating Lawyer
  • Collaborative Professional
  • Facilitator
  • Online Mediator
  • Parenting Coordinator

Fees and Provisos

Mediated Divorces with Affordable Mediation typically range from $1495 – $5900.

Liability Insurance

  • Yes

Professional Associations

  • ACR - Assoc. for Conflict Resolution
  • IACP - International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • ACR Advanced Workplace Practitioner

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