Pintel Law Firm PLLC

Firm Overview

I established my firm in February of 2009. From the beginning, the focus has been solely on family law. Although former clients have come back with requests for assistance in non-family law related areas, which I accommodate with additional research and/or bringing on an attorney who focuses in that field, my interest has always been mainly in family law.

The focus of our firm is singularly on Family Law. Regardless of the type of case, my goal is always to listen to the client's expectations, explain the steps involved, point out who, in addition to the judge and attorneys, will be a part of their family law case—e.g. parenting coordinator, therapeutic reunification therapist, court-appointed advisor—and give an honest answer as to what the outcome will likely be, all while maintaining that essential personal connection with the client.

The majority of the cases I handle are: Contested Divorces with Minor Children; Establishment of Paternity, Custody, Visitation (Parenting Time) and Child Support; Relocation Cases; Order of Protection Hearings (Restraining Orders); and Modification of Child Support. In addition, I handle Uncontested Divorces which either result in the presentation of a Consent Decree or a Default Decree to the court, Legal Separations and Annulments. I also draft Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements and Power of Attorney documents.

I firmly believe that a well-informed client who has both an understanding of the Family Law principles involved in their case and how their matter will proceed is in the best position to help me be their best advocate. That is why I not only focus on the immediate results that the client wishes to attain, but also on how the future circumstances will be affected by today's choices.

Example cases

One of my most memorable cases was a Modification of Custody, Parenting Time and Child Support. The case involved a Mother whose parenting time had been suspended due to Father's allegations of child abuse. Child Protective Services (CPS) had investigated the allegations, interviewed the children and found that cultural attitudes had caused the abusive episode between Mother and child. CPS recommended Mother attend anger management courses which she did. However, Father was making it difficult for Mother to comply with the court's order that she and the children participate in Therapeutic Reunification Therapy. Father and his attorney had been successful in derailing the process for nearly 12 months. When I was retained, it took nearly 6 months and several hearings to rebut all of opposing counsel's allegations and objections. The exhaustive evidence I gathered and presented ensured success for my client.

Another case involved a Petition for Relocation. Mother wished to move out of state with her young daughter but Father vehemently refused to grant his consent. A comprehensive presentation and application of the facts of the case to the factors under ARS 25-403 and ARS 25-408 proved to the court that such a move would indeed be in the best interests of the minor child. My client and I aggressively lined up all the information that we needed to not only prepare our case but also to rebut all of the groundless allegations being presented by the other side.

For a memorable divorce case, it was no small feat to get through all the assets and debts of a couple who had been married nearly 40 years. To be able to come to a settlement instead of going to trial required an understanding of the emotions of the parties and making certain that they had a real understanding of how their lives would change moving forward. Not only did the settlement save my client money, it saved her from reliving immense emotional grief repeatedly.

In all the cases, aggressive preparation coupled with a close working relationship with the client made the positive difference in the outcome.

Main Office
14362 North Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard
Suite 1000
Scottsdale  AZ  85260
  • (480) 247-2735


Free Initial Consultation?
No, but a one hour consultation is offered at a reduced hourly rate of $150 per hour.
Services Offered For Fixed Fees?
Fixed fees are available for Uncontested Divorces (Dissolution of Marriage by a Default Decree).
Hourly Rates
Varies from $200 to $250 per hour depending on issues involved in the case

Office Information

Office Hours
Monday through Friday
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Office Manager
Emergency After Hours
Languages Spoken
Yes, my office manager and I are fluent in Spanish

Is your firm willing to help a client with one discrete part of a case, without taking on the whole case?

Resolving problems, finding solutions, improving situations is something that I have done and enjoyed doing during my entire working life, regardless of the position I held in the company or the industry in which I worked. So, when I decided to pursue an advanced degree I thought back on my interests and on all the persons that I had come across.

The people who had earned a Juris Doctorate, whether they had practiced law or not, were the persons who had the best approaches to straightening out circumstances that had gone wrong. They had the best solutions because they could always look at a situation from various angles and think through an issue methodically while maintaining a degree of creativity.

I love that I get to do this every day as lawyer.

What are your policies about dividing work within the firm to make the process most cost-effective for the client?

The ability to read people and situations, the ability to find what the motivating factors are for any given individual, these traits go a long way in knowing whether a certain approach will work or fail. These abilities were refined during more than a decade of working with a varied group of individuals from diverse backgrounds in different settings. I am comfortable with expecting and working with another point of view or point of reference. These are all skills that I use daily when working on the family law matters that I handle.

How frequently does your firm use mediation, arbitration, or collaborative law to resolve cases?

Family Law can tend to be more emotionally intense than other areas of the law because of what is involved: people's children, their lifelong accumulation of assets, and property, as well as debt. I not only deal with the legal issues; I also deal with the really personal issues. I therefore feel more satisfaction when I have a client thank me for having helped them through the process and who in turn feels confident to refer another client or come back for a post-decree issue.

Does your firm provide pro bono legal services or otherwise participate in your community?

No two cases are alike. The issues may be the same whether it be a divorce, paternity, or child support matter but the people, their attitudes, their emotions all make it a wholly new experience each time.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

Being a solo practitioner means working directly with all of my clients at all stages of their case and in all capacities. Because I know each client's case exhaustively I can be more aggressive in rebutting the other side's testimony and/or evidence in court or negotiating with opposing counsel in an attempt to reach settlement. I really do handle each client's case from A to Z and that level of involvement makes a huge difference.

I also am fortunate to have recently added an office manager who interacts with clients by scheduling appointments and handling billing concerns.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

An educated client makes me a much more effective advocate. When a client retains me, I sit with the client and go over the principles of law that will affect their case, e.g. community property principles or the statutes that discuss what is considered to be in the best interests of the minor children. However, I find that when the client comes to me already having researched some of the legal principles in their family law matter, my effectiveness increases exponentially. The client is already focused on the items and factors that will have a greater impact on the outcome of their case. I still go over legal principles and procedures with these clients but the dialogue during the consultation, and throughout representation in their matter, is more directed to the central issue which helps to streamline the process, thereby saving money and time.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

I am absolutely willing to review documents prepared by clients. A considerable portion of time during any given month is spent with clients who have accessed the family law forms available on the Maricopa County Superior Court website's Self Help Center. It makes sense, for example, that a party who is filing for a modification of child support and who believes that their financial circumstances warrant a request to decrease the order would want to do as much of the upfront "leg work" as possible. This typically means that I will review the documents that the client has brought to me already prepared to ensure that the party has used the correct form as well as filled them out correctly.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

Although I have had few requests for this service, I am still willing to assist clients who wish to represent themselves at hearings or at trial. The clients whom I have helped in this capacity tend to be those who have a post-decree issue- e.g. modification of spousal maintenance, child support, parenting time or custody. These clients have previous experience testifying in a courtroom but find it useful to engage in a mock session of direct and cross examination.

Susan Pintel

Between my graduation from college, and then from law school, I spent nearly one decade working in marketing, sales, product and business development. I worked for a business owned by my family for three years. This, coupled with my work at two other law firms in the roles of office manager, legal assistant and paralegal, has enabled me to really understand the concerns of clients not only from the legal perspective but from the administrative/financial perspective as well.

The ability to read people and situations, the ability to find what the motivating factors are for any given individual, these traits go a long way in knowing whether a certain approach will work or fail. These abilities were refined during more than a decade of working with a varied group of individuals from diverse backgrounds in different settings. I am comfortable with expecting and working with another point of view or point of reference. These are all skills that I use daily when working on the family law matters that I handle.

I am very direct with my clients. I always tell them that I need to know the good, bad, and ugly of the situation so that I can be their most prepared advocate. I need to trust my client and my client needs to trust me.

Personal interests:

I travel abroad one week per year when possible. This is a great exercise in adaptability, flexibility, and creativity. I also enjoy reading nonfiction and historical fiction because I get to live vicariously through the characters and learn more than I could have otherwise

  • Bar Number: 026731
    Arizona , 2009
  • University of Arizona
    Juris Doctorate , 2005
    Tucson, AZ
    • VLP-Volunteer Lawyer's Program in Domestic Relations (Divorce) 2003 and 2004

    • Translator/Interpreter (Spanish) for the Domestic Violence Law Clinic Spring 2003/Fall 2004
  • Claremont McKenna College
    Bachelor of Arts , 1991
    Claremont, CA
    Liberal Arts

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