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Donna G. Heller

Donna G. Heller

Phoenix, Arizona
888-839-0652 (Toll Free)

For over the past decade Ms. Heller has focused on only one area of law that is her passion -- family law.  Divorce and family law is an ever-changing area.  By devoting her time and attention to the study and practice of divorce and family law, Ms. Heller is able to stay current with continual developments and changes.  Some lawyers handle family law cases along with criminal or bankruptcy or personal injury or other practice areas.  Ms. Heller devotes her legal practice solely to divorce and family law.  She consistently surpasses all annual requirements for continued legal education.

Ms. Heller has an outstanding track record as a divorce and family law attorney and family law mediator and was named a "Leading Lawyer" by the Business Journal.  Her vast experience includes virtually all areas of family law, including divorces, complex child custody and parenting time, child support and child support arrears, paternity, spousal maintenance, post-decree modifications, third-party custody disputes (including grandparents' rights cases), prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, and jurisdictional issues.

Ms. Heller began her legal career as a civil litigator and began practicing exclusively in the area of divorce and family law in 2000. She has a great deal of personal insight and passion for client advocacy and financially-related issues. Ms. Heller is especially adept at providing advice in complex child support and arrearage matters. In her legal career to date, she has come to appreciate the detail and technical involvement necessary to handle complex child custody and property distribution cases and, as a result, is able to assist clients in achieving realistic goals.

In addition to  competence and legal knowledge, Ms. Heller possess compassion for the issues facing families in need of her services. She believes that it is important to have an attorney and/or mediator who will listen to the clients' wishes and concerns, and at the same time provide information to empower clients to reach their goals.

Ms. Heller completed a 40-hour family law ACR Certified Mediation Training with Coast to Coast mediation.  She has also completed the Full Team Interdisciplinary Collaborative Divorce Training and a Community Mediation Program with the Arizona Attorney General's office.

Ms. Heller is involved in various community, civil and professional activities. Ms. Heller also handled the appeal in the often-cited case, Hamblen v. Hamblen, 203 Ariz. 342, 54 P.3d 371 (Ariz. App., 2002), which concerned child support and adoption subsidy issues. If you would like to discuss your matter, please contact Ms. Heller at 602-748-4821 or toll-free 888-839-0652. You may also email her by following the link at the top of this page.

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law
  • Contested or Uncontested Divorce or Legal Separation
  • Annulment
  • High-Asset and Business Property Division
  • Sensitive Child Custody Issues
  • Non-Parent Custody
  • Complex Property Division
  • Post Decree Modifications and Enforcements
  • Relocation
  • Child Support
  • Spousal Support/Alimony
  • Paternity
  • Enforcement of Orders
  • Domestic Violence/Orders of Protection
  • Prenuptial Agreements
  • Postnuptial Agreements
  • Cohabitation Agreements
  • Negotiated Agreements
  • Parenting Meetings
  • Grandparents Visitation Rights
  • Mediation
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Family Conflict Prevention
  • Collaborative Divorce

Bar Admissions

  • Arizona, 1986
  • U.S. District Court District of Arizona, 1986
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1986


  • Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    • J.D. - 1985
    • Honors: Herman Ellis Award for Professional Promise
    • Honors: Academic Achievement and Leadership
  • Temple University School of Communications, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    • B.A. ( Cum Laude ) - 1981
    • Honors: With Honors
    • Major: Communications/Journalism

Honors and Awards

  • Named "Who's Who of Leading Lawyers", The Phoenix Business Journal, 2007
  • Advanced Practitioner Mediation - Association for Conflict Resolution

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Arizona
  • Maricopa County Bar, Family Law Section
  • Maricopa County Superior Court Roster of Parenting Coordinators, 2009 - Present
  • Maricopa County Superior Court Roster of Family Law Mediators, 2003 - Present
  • Community Mediation Project, Arizona Attorney General, Phoenix, AZ, Mediator, 1991 - 1992
  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Phoenix, Arizona, 1986
  • Association for Conflict Resolution [National Chapter]
  • Association for Conflict Resolution [Arizona Chapter], Advanced Practitioner Mediator
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • Maricopa County Association of Family Mediators
  • Arizona State Bar Alternative Dispute Resolution, Family Law and Sole Practitioner Sections
  • Collaborative Divorce Professionals of Arizona
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • U.S. District Court, E. District of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, summer 1984, for The Honorable William F. Hall (U.S. Magistrate), Law Clerk
  • Volunteer Law Project, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, 1990-1991, Attorney
  • Institutional Review Board, Paradise Valley (Humana) Hospital, Phoenix, AZ, 1989-1990, Chairman
  • The Maricopa Lawyer, Phoenix, AZ, 1986-1987, Writer/Editorial Board Member
  • Arizona Court of Appeals, Phoenix, AZ, 1984, Student Extern