Monica has had a diverse and successful legal career, which has led her to focus her practice on mediation. She has made the shift from zealously advocating for her clients to compassionately helping others resolve their disputes.
Since being admitted to the Arizona Bar in 1998 she has been a prosecutor, criminal defense attorney and civil litigator practicing in the areas of criminal, bankruptcy, administrative law, educational law, complex civil litigation, insurance, real estate, landlord tenant, employment, discrimination, contract, and family law.
During her career she has been, and continues to be, a judge pro tem with the Maricopa County Superior Court, an adjunct professor, legal commentator/analyst and radio host. Monica currently teaches several classes, including Mediation, as a professor at Arizona Summit Law School. She teaches law students the basics of, and theory behind, mediation and alternative dispute resolution. This includes how to be an effective mediator, arbitrator and negotiator. In a litigious society such as our own, mediation is a popular alternative that can bring resolution to people’s lives without the astronomical costs. Monica focuses on preparing her students for mediations and arbitrations as well as practicing law in the “real world.”
Monica is involved in both her legal and civic communities. She is Past-President and current Board Member of the Scottsdale Bar Association, current member of her church’s Board of Trustees, past member of the Thurgood Marshall Inn of Court, and past member of the City of Scottsdale Board of Adjustments. She volunteers and helps with numerous other groups that usually focus on children.
Monica is often called upon as a key note speaker, emcee, and a panelist for speaking presentations on a variety of topics to legal and non-legal groups. In the recent past she has given presentations (oftentimes for continuing legal education credit) on professionalism in the law (Arizona State Bar), speaking and working with the media, active listening, mediating, the Jodi Arias trial, ethics and Deflategate. She has also been involved with charities such as the Arizona Foundation for Women, Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Lift Up America and the 15th Annual McDowell Mountain Music Festival.
She currently co-hosts The Agenda and is KTAR News’ and Arizona Sports’ legal expert. You can find her #LegallySpeaking blog containing informative posts and videos on KTAR.com. In addition, she has been, and will be, featured in various programs on the Investigation Discovery and the Oxygen Network.
Monica received her Juris Doctorate from California Western School of Law and her Bachelor of Science from Northern Arizona University. Go Jacks! She is licensed to practice in Arizona and California, in both the state and federal courts. Monica is a member of the: Arizona State Bar, California State Bar, and the Scottsdale Bar Association You can follow her on Twitter @MonicaLindstrom, Facebook and Google+.