Nancy Retsinas
Retsinas Collaborative Law Center

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Vancouver, WA 98661

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Description of Practice

This Mediator is Certified
I am a collaboratively trained lawyer, certified mediator, facilitator, trainer, and settlement advocate practicing in Washington and Oregon.

I provide a safe place for parties to my clients to feel comfortable resolving their disputes. I value transparency, respectful interactions, and fairness. I seek to ensure everyone involved in a dispute feels heard and understood, and has the information needed to make good decisions. I believe it is in my client's best interests to address the needs of all parties in settlement negotiations to ensure durable agreements are reached.

I am committed to peaceful conflict resolution for families in transition, as I have seen first-hand through my litigation practice the results of chronic conflict on children and adults alike.

Collaborative law allows family members in the midst of conflict to negotiate a settlement without going to court. Collaborative Law changes the culture of conflict resolution by allowing individuals to take control of their future as opposed to leaving decision–making about their lives to a judge

Professional Background

Licensed to practice law in Washington (1991) and Oregon (1992).


BA, Communications, University of Portland (1986)
JD, University of Oregon School of Law (1991)


Dates    Trainer(s)    Title   
2000    Family Law Mediation Training    Jim Melamed, 40 hours
2007    Advanced Mediation Training    Carol Goodwin, 30 hours
2007    Civil Mediation Training    Nancy Pionk, 40 hours
Various    Basic, Intermediate, Advanced Collaborative Law and Negotiations Training    Various, more than 100 hours


I provide a safe, coherent place for parties to come to the table to resolve their disputes. I value transparency and fairness, and seek to ensure everyone involved in a dispute feels heard and understood, and has the information needed to make good decisions.


My base rate is $300 per hour, but I work on a sliding fee scale and regularly reduce fees to make my services affordable to a broad range of clients.

Other Information

I have a particular focus in matters involving pre-marriage planning, transformations of long-term marriages by separation or divorce, spousal support and maintenance, death and dying decisions, trust/guardianship disputes, probate disputes, parenting of special needs children, creation of unique residential schedules, dissolution of closely held businesses, and family business disputes.

Areas of Practice

  • Adoption
  • Boundary Disputes
  • Business
  • Community
  • Divorce (all issues)
  • Divorce (parenting)
  • Elder
  • Family
  • Marital Mediation
  • Online Mediation
  • Partnership
  • Pet Mediation
  • Prenuptial
  • Probate
  • Public Policy
  • Real Estate

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Communication Skills Trainer
  • Mediator-Arbitrator
  • Mediation Consultant
  • Mediation Trainer
  • Representational Lawyer
  • Conflict Coach
  • Strategic Planning
  • Mediating Lawyer
  • Arbitrator
  • Collaborative Professional
  • Facilitator
  • Online Mediator

References available upon request.

This dispute resolution professional keeps liability insurance.