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Merle L. Stolar

Merle L. Stolar

Tucson, Arizona
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Merle Stolar has practiced law since 1983. She is licensed in Ohio, Missouri, and Arizona. Prior to practicing law, after earning her Master of Education Degree, Merle taught for the Cincinnati Public Schools for seven years at Children's Hospital Medical Center. After graduating 6th in her law school class, Merle practiced law in a corporate setting and in private practice in Cincinnati, Ohio and St. Louis, Missouri. In 1987, she earned a Master of Law Degree in taxation from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, Missouri. From 1987 – 1995, Merle worked for the U.S. Department of Treasury and the St. Louis Circuit Attorney's Office. In 1996, Merle relocated to Tucson, Arizona. From 1996 until 2003, she practiced law as a sole practitioner emphasizing family law.

In 2003, Merle's daughter, Karen Pollins, who besides a law degree also holds a M.B.A. degree, joined her mother, and together they formed the law firm of Stolar & Pollins, P.C. With Merle's advanced law degree in tax and Karen's advanced degree in business, the firm is uniquely qualified to deal with issues related to business and tax as they relate to their family law practice. Merle and Karen take pride in the personal service to each of their clients.

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law
  • Child Custody
  • Child Support
  • Dissolution of Marriage (Divorce)
  • Parenting Time (Visitation)
  • Paternity
  • Post-Decree Modifications of Custody
  • Parent/Child Relocation
  • Pre-marital and Post-marital Agreements
  • Spousal Maintenance (Alimony)

Bar Admissions

  • Arizona, 1990
  • Missouri, 1984
  • Ohio, 1983
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1987
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio, 1983
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Missouri, 1986
  • U.S. District Court District of Arizona, 1990


  • Washington University School of Law, St. Louis, Missouri
    • L.L.M., Master of Laws (Taxation) - 1987
  • Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Highland Heights, Kentucky
    • Juris Doctor - 1983
    • Law Review: Law Review, Notes & Comments Editor, 1982 - 1983
  • University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio
    • Master of Education - 1974
  • Miami University, Oxford, Ohio
    • B.S., Bachelor of Science - 1965
    • Honors: Dean's List

Published Works

  • Criminal Procedure, Due Process and Fourth Amendment Violations/Government Involvement in Criminal Enterprises, 635 F.2d 1207 (6th Cir. 1980), 8 N. KY. L. Rev. 679, 1981
  • Service Arrangements Pursuant to the Regulations Under the Education For All Handicapped Children Act of 1975 And the Establishment Clause, 9 N. KY. L. Rev. 305, 1982

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Arizona (Active/In Good Standing)
  • State Bar of Missouri (Inactive/In Good Standing)
  • State Bar of Ohio (Inactive/In Good Standing)
  • Prima County Bar Association, 1996 - Present
  • Morris K. Udall Inn of Court, 2010-present, Co-Administrator, 2011-present
  • Tucson Tax Study Group, 1996 - Present


  • English

Stolar & Pollins, P.C.
177 N Church Avenue, Suite 807
Tucson, AZ 85701

Phone: 520-441-6846
Fax: 520-770-9658
Tucson Law Office