Rina M. Goodman

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2401 4th Ave.
Suite 840
Seattle, WA 98121

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Description of Practice

This Mediator is Certified
Non-adversarial conflict management and dispute resolution services for divorce, adult family, small business, and workplace conflict and disputes through mediation, facilitated conversations, conflict coaching, and Collaborative Divorce. I will help you: stop destructive conflict quickly, engage in constructive conversations, address pressing issues, create healthy boundaries, develop understanding, and create mutually satisfying and workable agreements.

Professional Background

Rina is a former trial lawyer. She received her initial mediation training at the highly-acclaimed Northern Virginia Mediation Service, which granted her certificates of completion in commercial and workplace mediation, and later participated in a one-and-a-half year mediation practicum with the Dispute Resolution Center of King County (King County DRC). In 2004, she was certified by the DRC to mediate civil and family disputes and to serve as a mentor mediator. In 2007, the DRC honored Rina by recognizing her as Mediator-of-the-Year.


Since establishing her ADR practice in 2004, Rina has earned a reputation as a tenacious mediator who blends compassion and understanding with a skillful ability to remain impartial. Throughout her professional career as a lawyer and mediator, she has been commended by employers, clients, associates, and judges for her professional knowledge and integrity. Her clients have praised her ability to instill confidence in what they can do for themselves and in her commitment to helping them find the best long-term solutions. Rina chaired the ADR Section of the Washington State Bar Association from 2011-2012. She served on the ADR Subcommittee of the WSBA Task Force on Eliminating Court Costs in Litigation (ECCL)from 20012-2014 and has been an active member of the planning committee for the Annual Northwest Dispute Resolution Conference since 2008. Presently, she is a volunteer mediator for the Seattle Federal Executive Board’s ADR Consortium and the King County DRC.


J.D., Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
M.A., Arts Administration, New York University
B.A., Sarah Lawrence College


Dates    Trainer(s)    Title   
1999    Maryland Institute of Continuing Professional Education for Lawyers    Kills-Based Mediation Training: 40 hours
2002    Julia Gold, University of Washington Law School    Professional Mediation Skills Training: 36 hours
2003    Dispute Resolution Center of King County    Deomestic Mediation: 20 hours
2004    Seattle Federal Executive Board ADR Consortium & TSA    Transforming Mediation: 2 Days
2005    Thurston County Dispute Resolution Center, Olympia, WA     Adult Guardianship/Family Caregiver Mediation Training: 2 Days
2006    Leah Green, Founder, Compassionate Listening Project    The Fundamentals of Compassionate Listening: Healing Our World from the Inside Out: 12 hours
2007    William A. Eddy    High Conflict People in Legal Disputes
2007    Jim Melamed    Mediating Divorce Agreement: 15 hours
2009    John Winslade, Ph.D    Re-Authoring the Relationship Story Through Narrative Mediation: 1 Day
2013    Ken Cloke    How to Mediate Public Policy Disputes & Facilitate Meetings, Focus Groups &
2013    Andrea Brenneke and Susan Partnow    Restorative Circles Facilitator Workshop: Advancing A culture of Peace: 1 Day
2013    Betsy BeMiller    Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High: 16 hours
2013    City of Seattle ADR Program    Anti-Racism for Mediators: 16 hours
2014    Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee    What I Said and What I Meant: Cross Cultural Communication: 2 hours
2014    Robert Stains and Maggie Herzig    Facilitating with Purpose and Poise: 12 hours
2015    Pat Hughes, Center for Ethical Leadership    Gracious Space: A Practical Guide for Working Better Together: 16 hours
2018    Kathleen MacFerran & Yoram Mosezon    Non Violent Communication: The Transformative Possibilities of Authentic Dialogue
2018    Lavender Rights Project    Working with Transgender, Gender Non-Conforming, & Gender Neutral People: 4 hours
2019    Leticia Nieto     Beyond Inclusion, Beyond Empowerment: A Training for Mediators/Facilitators: 2 days


Reduced fees available for those with financial need and nonprofit organizations. Please contact Rina Goodman for more information.

Other Information

Mediation clients are strongly encouraged to schedule a free consult to assess the appropriateness of mediation and to become familiar with the mediator's approach/style. Please send an email to: rina@transformingconflictllc.com or call: 206.523.7100.

Areas of Practice

  • Adult Family
  • Art
  • Boundary Disputes
  • Bullying
  • Business
  • Civil (general)
  • Civil Union Dissolution
  • Commercial
  • Community
  • Congregational
  • Contracts
  • Copyright
  • Divorce (all issues)
  • Divorce (parenting)
  • Elder
  • Employment
  • Entertainment
  • Estate Planning
  • Faith Based
  • Family
  • General
  • Hospitality
  • Landlord - Tenant
  • Marital Mediation
  • Neighbor to Neighbor
  • Online Mediation
  • Organizational
  • Parent-Teen
  • Partnership
  • Pet Mediation
  • Prenuptial
  • Probate
  • Professional Fees
  • Trust Management
  • Workplace

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Mediating Lawyer
  • Collaborative Professional
  • Facilitator
  • Online Mediator
  • Ombud
  • Conflict Coach
  • Advanced Mediation Trainer
  • Communication Skills Trainer
  • Systems Designer
  • Mediation Consultant
  • Mediation Trainer

This dispute resolution professional keeps professional liability insurance.