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Shari Capra

Family, Mental Health, Elder, and Probate Matters

SHARI M. CAPRA, Esq., has over thirty years of professional experience in the areas of family, mental health, elder, & probate law. Ms. Capra now concentrates her energies in the field of private mediation. She also serves as a legal consultant for clients who are participating in mediation. On a regular basis Ms. Capra assists couples going through the marital dissolution process, parents wishing to develop effective parenting arrangements, business associates seeking to redefine their goals and operations, families seeking assistance with placement & healthcare arrangements for an elderly or incapacitated family member and people addressing the details of estate planning and end of life care plans for themselves and loved ones. Ms. Capra meets with clients in person, by telephone and via electronic mail.

Shari M. Capra, P.C., Phoenix, Arizona, 1999-Present. Mediation and Law Office of Shari M. Capra, Phoenix,Arizona, 1986-1999.

Consulting Mediator with Mediation Associates, Inc., 1986-1994.

Partner, Capra & Beckett, 1981-1985.

Partner, Venable, Rice, Lee & Capra, 1975-1981.

Judge and Commissioner Pro Tempore, Maricopa County Superior Court, 1988-Present. (Assigned to Probate and Mental Health Division).

Judge Pro Tempore, Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One (Department E), 1985.

ADR Experience

Recognized as an Advanced Practitioner Member by the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR), a national organization of dispute resolution professionals), Ms. Capra is active in a number of professional associations which promote mediation and other alternative dispute resolution services in the community. She is a current board member and former president of The Maricopa County Association of Family Mediators, a former board member of the Arizona Association for Conflict Resolution and she is a regular participant in the Maricopa County Superior Court Alternative Dispute Resolution Program [assigned to the probate and family law sections]. Ms. Capra prepared for her role as a mediator and facilitator by completing a two year training program developed by The Win-Win Institute of Phoenix, Arizona, as well as specialized course work with Dr. John Haynes, co-founder of the Academy of Family Mediators, and other professional mediation programs.


Ms. Capra believes that the heart of mediation and dispute resolution starts with looking at her clients’ goals. The first step is a face to face conversation (if possible) with them in order to learn about their backgrounds and objectives. She then works with clients to create a path to resolution by identifying necessary information, consultants and other people who will help them make progress. Her overall approach is facilitative in nature and she also employs directive and transformative techniques where beneficial.


J.D., Arizona State University College of Law, 1975.
B.A., summa cum laude, Arizona State University, 1972.

Bar Admissions:
State of Arizona, 1975.
United States Supreme Court, 1980.
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 1981.
United States District Court for the District of Arizona, 1975.

Areas Of Practice

  • Adult Family
  • Business
  • Civil (general)
  • Divorce (all issues)
  • Elder
  • Estate Planning
  • Family
  • Marital Mediation
  • Organizational
  • Probate
  • Special Education

Additional Services

  • Facilitator
  • Mediating Lawyer
  • Mediation Consultant

Fees and Provisos

No charge half hour courtesy consultation. $250 per hour for mediation and related services.

Professional Associations

  • ACR - Assoc. for Conflict Resolution
  • AFM AP - ACR Acad. Family Mediators AP