Alona M. Gottfried is a divorce mediator, attorney, and conflict resolution trainer in Scottsdale Arizona who is committed to resolving conflicts through collaborative and peaceful means. 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 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 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.
Alona developed an interest in divorce mediation and other forms of ADR after witnessing the effect litigation had on her clients. Litigation is expensive, emotionally exhausting, and extremely time consuming. Ultimately, parties place their fate in the hands of third parties, 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.