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Ms. Cotto has been practicing law since 1993.  She received both her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and her Juris Doctorate from Arizona State University.

About Us

Ms. Cotto began her legal career as a Maricopa County Deputy Public Defender.  As a defense attorney she handled hundreds of cases ranging from misdemeanors to homicides.  Daily court appearances and numerous successful jury trials quickly earned her a reputation as a formidable advocate.

She began practicing family law in 1999 and established her own firm in 2002.  As a family law practitioner, Ms. Cotto represented clients in Divorce, Paternity and Enforcement or Modification proceedings.  She has handled more cases than she can count but never forgets how rewarding the work could be. Estate planning was a natural transition. Her training in psychology, vast litigation experience and years of family law practice uniquely qualify her to provide outstanding legal services. She is passionate about the law and helping people.  She takes the time to explore each client’s needs and goals and explain their options in terms they can understand.

Ms. Cotto is a member of the Arizona State Bar Probate and Trust Law Section, the Maricopa County Bar Estate Planning, Probate & Trust Section and Wealth Counsel. She has served and chaired various Arizona State Bar and Arizona Supreme Court committees. She is a frequent volunteer for the Arizona State Bar and other community legal outreach events.

She is licensed to practice in Arizona State and Federal Court.

Born in Montevideo, Uruguay, Ms. Cotto is fluent in Spanish.  She enjoys hiking, cooking and traveling.


What Our Clients Say

“Sylvina was well recommended and performed up to these recommentations. She was descreet and always kept my best interest in mind. She kept me well informed and thoroughly investigated all avenues which enabled me to make the best choices. Her assistance enabled me to make it through my divorce with dignity. She was very professional, courteous, and innovative. Her hard work allowed me to concentrate on what I needed to, and put comfort at her efforts. Her office staff, Kim, also was very professional. Without hesitation, I would highly recommend her for any divorce.”


“Thank you so much for all the time, energy and personal attention you put into my case. Your ability to connect with clients on a personal level and still remain professional, I would think, is a rare quality in your line of work and I truly appreciate it. You are so good at what you do.”


“When approaching my divorce I researched, and then interviewed 3 lawyers. I selected Sylvina Cotto based on her professional style and experience in the court system. Sylvina and her staff were always responsive and timely. Ms.Cotto was knowledge and guidance helped me make good decisions with regard to my divorce. Her charging practices were extremely fair and I appreciated her personal attention to my case. I felt fortunate to have worked with her. I would highly recommend Sylvina Cotto.”