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Zalena M Kersting

Family Attorney at Gilbert, AZ

5.0   12 reviews

also known as Z Kersting Family Law, Law Office of Zalena M. Kersting

  • State Years
    Arizona - AZ 34 years
    Illinois - IL 33 years
  • Licensed for 34 years
    State AZ
    Acquired 1989
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 33 years
    State IL
    Acquired 1990
    Administrative - Not Authorized to Practice No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Zalena

Learn Zalena’s areas of practice.

Practice area
  1. Family
    I have been practicing family law for nearly 30 years. I understand that whether my clients needs are protection of children or financial, it is one of the most challenging times in their lives. I listen to my client's concerns and desired outcomes

    35 years, 3,000 cases

I am a family law attorney practicing in the East Valley since 1989.  I am dedicated to assisting my clients and helping them through this difficult time in their life.  It is my goal to take the burden and stress associated with family law matters off my clients so that they can begin the process of rebuilding their lives.  I give my all to each case and strive to acheive the best outcome.  I do not believe in game playing or needlessly increasing attorney's fees.  I strive to resolve every case without court intervention if settlement is fair and appropriate given the risks of a judge making the decisions.  However, if settlement proposals are not what I believe to be fair, I have no problem litigating matters and try to make this process as painless for my client's as possible.

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Zalena M Kersting
633 E Ray Rd Suite 134
Gilbert, AZ, 85296-4206

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5.0 / 5.0
  12 customer reviews
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Posted by Reggie | August 25, 2022
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Superior Client Representation
I had begun my Court case journey with Zalena during the early 1990's. My divorce took about two years to resolve, and child custody continued another five years before I received full custody of my daughter. The case was very difficult and complex at times mainly due to the financial means of my ex's family and the legal representation they were able to obtain. Zelena and her team had to contend with a couple of different high-powered AZ law firms in order to get the matter settled via the Court. Zelena was determined to obtain an outcome that would serve both my daughter and me over the long haul. We were eventually able to move on with our daily lives uninterrupted from court proceedings. This would not have happened without Zalena's tireless efforts with my case. Please remember during the 1990's, representing a guy was probably a bit more difficult at that time than it probably is today. Fast forward 25 years later, I'm a member of the Arizona State Retirement System and I begin looking into retiring, it was during that time that I found out that the Domestic Relations Order (DRO) was being interpreted by ASRS differently than what was intended. Lucky for me Zalena was still practicing, I called her up and discussed the issue, she refiled to correct the DRO and ASRS had the updated document within a month or so which was very timely because the Courts were closed for physical entry during this time due to the covid pandemic. I guess the most important thing that I would like you to know about Zalena is that she won't be out worked.
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Posted by Dana | August 12, 2019
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Thoughtful Representation in Extended Custody Proceedings
Zalena Kersting was my attorney of choice not once but three time in my divorce and child custody proceedings over 10+ years. Dealing with a narcissistic co-parent brings unique challenges to the table. At each phase, Zalena handled the case with competence and efficiency. I was always informed on the status of my case and her preparation prior to and in the courtroom gave me confidence I could protect my child. I have and would continue to highly recommend Zalena.
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Response from Zalena Kersting September 8, 2019
Thank you Dana for your review. I enjoyed working with you and am glad things we obtained a favorable outcome for you and your family!
Posted by Mary Lynn | June 20, 2019
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Best lawyer
Zalena kersting is truly the best!!!! She is amazing in and out of the courtroom. If you are looking for an experienced, knowledgeable, caring, warm hearted attorney....yet aggressive and fearless in the courtroom then your search is over. She has represented me for two divorces and child custody cases. I am more than pleased with the outcome!!!! I have recommended zalena to my brother for his divorce and my clients, and everyone was truly appreciative that she represented them. All of us have had great representation by her. When zalena tells you to listen to her, then do so because our emotions are involved and she knows what she's saying and recommending. Zalena doesn't miss a beat when your spouse exaggerates on the stand. But don't worry because she will put your spouse in their place very quickly. I know divorce and custody is a nightmare...but just know that you will be in great hands. Also you might want to retain zalena before your spouse does!! I highly recommend. Sincerely Mary
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Posted by CDG | March 22, 2019
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Sharp, thorough and vastly capable
Zalena Kersting and her team have supported my family court case for over 10 years. She takes the time to review every resource provided. During each step in the process, she will present clear action items for you and herself. She offers realistic advice for your next options. All legal briefings are thorough yet to-the-point, and her sharp capabilities in court will leave you feeling confident that you put your best foot forward - in an already stressful court situation. With decades of experience in family court in Arizona, Zalena combines her vast expertise with down-to-earth communication to deliver excellent legal services at every step. I would not consider going elsewhere for legal services.
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Posted by Matthew | November 30, 2018
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Zalena and her Expert Team
I am very satisfied with the legal representation provided by Mrs. Kersting. It was proven time and time again that she was the most prepared lawyer in the room, against three different Attorneys. Her legal arguments and supporting statements were spot an and clear, while other attorneys proved to be grasping-at-straws. She took care of my concerns, coached me where I needed it, and most importantly, she protected me and my children. Her team of staff is fantastic; punctual, kind, thorough. I trusted in her team during the most stress-filled time of my life (custody dispute), and somehow, she made it as stress-free as I could have ever thought. If you are looking for a legal solution to swoop-in and take care of everything, while making you feel like their most important client, then you have to pick Zalena. In a very ironic twist, I was referred to Mrs. Kersting by someone that she had previously opposed in a legal situation. I knew that if my friend was recommending a lawyer that had once represented against my friend in their own custody dispute, then that was a testament in-and-of-itself. My friend simply said “if you are looking for a lawyer that will be better than the other guys’, give Zalena a call”…. Now, after just finishing a high-stakes custody battle of my own, I couldn’t be happier with the decision I made to call Zalena several years ago.
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Posted by Brandi Sullivan | November 9, 2018
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Amazing Lawyer!!
Zalena Kersting is the only attorney one would want or need to represent them in their family law case. I have used Zalena twice now in my divorce 2012-2013 and parenting time issues 2018, both times she has represented me in the most professional way. Zalena is prepared and extremely knowledgeable in the law. Thank you so much for your expertise from Sullivan Family!!
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Posted by Travis | May 14, 2018
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Knows my case better than I do and is passionate to see it through!
After an unfortunate experience with a low cost, terrible attorney, I was advised by a friend to go see Zalena whom my friend had used for his divorce. While she was more expensive than my previous attorney, she completely made up for in work ethic and determination. There is a lot to be said about "you get what you pay for". She was impressive from the very beginning and within just a couple weeks was completely up to speed. She started out at a disadvantage having to come into an already pending and very messy divorce and has been a rock star for me ever since. Zalena worked and continues to work tirelessly for me and many nights I have received emails from her around midnight and many times I have spoken to her in the evenings and she is still in her office. Often times she has recalled something about the case or evidence that I have forgotten, her memory is astounding of the facts and events of my case. I would highly recommend her services to anyone. I know that she is just doing her job but I do feel as if she took my case very personally and because of that mentality, she made all of the difference. The system is skewed against father's in a divorce and without her, I am not sure where I would be. She fought hard for my rights as a dad and pushed back on the court on things that just were wrong and I am forever grateful for her help. Since my divorce started almost 2 years ago, she has helped at least 3 friends that I know of with their divorce situations and all 3 people are very happy with her services as well.
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Posted by Jeannie | March 28, 2018
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Excellent Family Law Attorney
We hired Zalena who took our highly emotional and very complicated case regarding a child custody issue. She is an excellent attorney who listens, understands, is very perceptive and knows how to achieve what it takes to win a case. Do not hesitate to consult with her. Trust her - she knows what she is doing!
Posted by anonymous | January 12, 2017
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Amazing Attorney
I hired Zelena for a divorce case. Zelena is compassionate, experienced, and dynamite in the courtroom. She will fight for you in court like it's her own case. She has 30 years experience and knows family law like the back of her hand. Her combination of experience and human compassion makes her an absolutely amazing family law attorney. I could not have asked for better representation. I highly recommend her.
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Posted by Ali | October 6, 2012
Thorough and Very Assertive
Zalena is very knowledgeable in family law and knows how to direct herself in a manner that is conducive to winning in court. She is very assertive and well prepared with thorough questions to ensure a fair and just outcome. I would highly recommend her for anyone with family court issues.
Posted by CC | August 19, 2011
Zalena Kersting~.An attorney who fights your case like you would!
If your life depended on her, she can handle it! I called with an emergency default divorce attempt. She took me the same day and worked all night(after 11pm) to file a detailed response. Her attention to detail and listening skills was beyond commendation. Her ability to comprehend the complexity of my case was amazing in such a short time. It was not only beyond what three other attorneys in two different states could fully grasp, it was like she heard everything I explained to her with razor sharp clarity. My case involved more complex issues that needed a cautious approach to the response to the default filing. She handled it with great delivery in the details. As we dealt with the issues unique to my case, she was fully versed on my case and ready for battle when the case called for a 3 hour hearing to allow the judge to sift through the evidence. My case wasn't usual, cut and dry or easy to defend but, Zalena, unlike the experience I had with several attorneys across two states, didn't blink! Attorneys are not guaranteed to "win" a case for you. In fact, in my experience and research, I realize attorneys get you heard with the correct legal terminology but aren't a guarantee of a favorable outcome. What happens beyond that makes the real difference. With Zalena, you can expect research of cases that can have a direct impact on your outcome, the most minute details that could sway a thought process, the connection between how something is said and interpretation to reflect how you want the judge to view it, the character issues of the other party(even possibly their attorney) that affect how the evidence is presented(even in this no fault state) but most of all knowing the details of the case intimately enough to explain it as if it were her own situation/life. This is the real test of an attorney! With everything that I was faced with, when we waited for the judge to give the ruling, I knew Zalena did everything to help me be heard as if I was an attorney presenting my own case. I feel no one should give their lives to an attorney or any other professional and should be 100% part of the team but, just know that this attorney will show up with her 100% too. My spouse hired a shark! He was also extremely exceptional in the courtroom and with his preparation. My case was a victory but, not actually because the evidence suggested I was right in the details of the law. I feel somehow, in my attorneys attempts to relay not just the details but underlying behavior, the judge saw through the facade of the other party. The ruling should have had a favorable ruling for my spouse by technical laws but, it did have the ability to be ruled either way as well. I was victorious before the reading happened because the truth was presented and whatever the law interpreted it to mean, I knew Ms Kersting had taken care of business before and during court. While the ruling appeared to be going against me, I didn't have one regret, second thought or even small seed that Zalena was the best one to have achieved what I needed. After the findings were read to suggest the other party was technically correct, I was given a gift. No one wins in divorce but, the value of integrity and honesty should not be dismissed. "No fault" has reduced our ability for protection and respect as families and individuals but, all is not lost! The more someone does against you can and does count if you have a voice in the courtroom. Let Zalena Kersting be that voice! The judge ruled in my favor in the end because the details do matter! I almost missed the shift since my spouse was "legally" correct. Thanks Zalena for listening and conveying the details so professionally, eloquently and confidently! Ps...she did have to pull out the "boxing" gloves a little in the courtroom and did it with professionalism.
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Posted by anonymous | August 10, 2011
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I have been a client of Zalena Kersting for eight years. She has been great to work with over these years. There have been many issues with my ex-husband that have not been typical or normal in a divorce. Ms. Kersting has been great; staying on top of each situation in order to best represent me.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 350-350 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.3 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Offices of Zalena M. Kersting
  • 1991 - Present


  • Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1989
  • Arizona State University
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • The Order of Barristers for Exellence in Courtroom Advocacy
  • Arizona State University Law School
  • 1989

Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (5)
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Family Attorney | Apr 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have know Zalena for over 20 years. She is an attorney that I would not hesitate to call for assistance. She is passionate about her cases and will always advocate zealously for her clients. I am glad to endorse Zalena."
Family Attorney | Jun 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Zalena is passionate about what she does. She is willing to go the extra mile for her clients. I have personally witnessed Zalena put in extra time on her client's case far, far above what any other family law attorney would do. She is smart and tenacious and gets great results. Her clients know how hard she works for them and they trust her completely."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 13
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Zalena is a lawyer's lawyer. She's effective, personable, and extremely knowledgeable. She also reasonable, which is an important factor to consider when money is so tight."
Family Attorney | Oct 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Zalena for ten years. In that time, Zalena has been an excellent role model to me as a newer attorney. She is a zealous attorney that works hard to achieve what is in her client's best interests. She is extremely knowledgeable in the family law area and communicates options efficiently to her clients. She is honest and objective. If I ever needed assistance, she would be the first attorney I would call."
Family Attorney | Oct 03
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have worked with Zalena on a number of contested family law matters and I find her to be extremely knowledgeable, professional and courteous. I am pleased to endorse her and highly recommend her services."
Family Attorney | Oct 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
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