Shari M. Capra
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3030 N. 3rd Street, Suite 1300
Phoenix, AZ 85012
Description of Practice
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.
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.
J.D., Arizona State University College of Law, 1975.
B.A., summa cum laude, Arizona State University, 1972.
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.
Maricopa County Superior Court Alternative Dispute Resolution Project for the Probate and Family Court Divisions (2001-Present).
Association for Conflict Resolution (AFC) (interdisciplinary national organization (1994-Present)
Maricopa County Association of Family Mediators (MCAFM), 1993-Present (President 1996-97 and 2005-2006 terms).
Arizona Dispute Resolution Association (AARC), 1988-Present (Conference Presenter 1990).
Dispute Resolution Task Force, Arizona State Supreme Court Commission on the Courts, (1988-1991).
Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution, Maricopa County Bar Association,1990-1998 (Committee Chair for Pilot Civil Mediation Project, Jan./Feb. 1993).
Chair of Conference on Settling Commercial and Business Disputes, Nov. 1988).
Arizona Women Lawyers’ Association, 1979-Present (Founding Member).
Volunteer Lawyers’ Program, Maricopa County Bar Association (former Volunteer Lawyer of the Month).
Project Civil Discourse, a non-profit organization devoted to building effective community dialogue on important issues, 2009-present
Friends of O’Connor House, Chair of Community Awareness and Civic Engagement Committee, Jan 2009 - Present
Sojourner Center, (Domestic Violence Shelter for Women & Children) founding member of Board of Directors and past President, 1978-1985.
Raising Special Kids (formerly known as Pilot Parents), 1983-Present.Financial Perspectives, Inc., founding Board Member and Officer, 1979-1985.
Areas of Practice
- Adult Family
- Civil (general)
- Divorce (all issues)
- Estate Planning
- Marital Mediation
- Special Education
- Mediation Consultant
- Mediating Lawyer
- Online Mediator