Ms. Zarling has worked in the legal field since 1996 in varied capacities including as an attorney, paralegal, trial consultant and instructor. Throughout this time, Ms. Zarling has achieved great success in her career.
Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Ms. Zarling graduated from Concordia University in 1997. While attending college, Ms. Zarling interned at the Milwaukee County Children's court and volunteered with CASA (Children's Advocacy Services Association). In Milwaukee, Ms. Zarling began her career as a paralegal for a family law firm. Within a year, Ms. Zarling began working for a boutique firm where she was a key member of the legal team that was awarded the largest punitive damages jury verdict in the state of Wisconsin. Subsequently, Ms. Zarling was recruited out by one of the top criminal defense firms in the state to assist with legal writing and trials.
In 2001, Ms. Zarling relocated to Phoenix, Arizona where she was employed with various complex litigation firms. Ms. Zarling remaining portion of her paralegal career on trials and trial preparation.
Ms. Zarling is admitted to practice in the federal and state courts of Arizona. As an attorney, Ms. Zarling's practice emphasizes on family and domestic issues, custody disputes, custody and child support modification, adoptions, divorce, separation, wills, trusts, estate planning, probate, business and contract disputes, contract drafting for small and large businesses, and commercial and business litigation.
Sara J. Smith
Ms. Smith has worked in the legal field since 2001, but her career started in social work. Ms. Smith grew up in Burnsville, Minnesota, but relocated to Arizona to attend the University of Arizona. With a bachelor's degree in Sociology, Ms. Smith worked at a Domestic Violence shelter, after graduation 1999. Knowing there was something more she could do to advocate for the women and children she was working with, Ms. Smith decided to go to law school in an effort to pursue her passion of helping people in need.
Ms. Smith graduated from the University of Denver College of Law in 2001 and returned to Arizona to be admitted to the Bar that fall. During her third year at DU, Ms. Smith participated in the Children's Legal Advocacy Group and was a member of the Public Interest Law Group. This was invaluable experience for Ms. Smith's first position as a trial attorney with the Protective Services Section of the Child and Family Protection Division of the Attorney General's Office.
From 2006-2013 Ms. Smith worked as Guardian ad Litem/Attorney at the Maricopa County Office of the Legal Advocate, advocating for children in the custody of the Department of Child Services. In 2013, Ms. Smith started her solo practice, contracting with Maricopa County to represent parents and children in Dependency, Guardianship and Termination proceedings. Ms. Smith also begin focusing on adoptions, including DCS, private and step-parent adoptions.
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