Downtown Seattle Members

Dr. Phil Brown, Marriage & Family Therapist
Beacon Couple & Family Therapy, LLC
The Pioneer Bldg., 600 First Ave.
Suite 516
Seattle, WA 98104

Dr. Brown is a 'Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist' with over 25 years experience counseling children, couples, and families.

Credentials: LMFT, Ph.D., AAMFT Clinical Member & Approved Supervisor

Collaborative Role(s): Coach, Child SpecialistMediator

Mindy M Carr Mindy M Carr, Attorney
Skellenger Bender PS
1301 Fourth Avenue, Ste. 3401
Seattle, WA 98101

Mindy Carr works hard to empower her clients to reach fair and durable agreements, to deescalate conflict, and to keep focus on the best interests of their children. Her background and training in psychology make her compassionate and supportive to her clients.

Collaborative Role(s): Divorce and Family Law Attorney

Christina L. Corwin Christina L. Corwin, Family Law Attorney & Mediator
Reed, Longyear, Malnati, & Ahrens PLLC
1415 Norton Building
801 Second Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104-1522
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206-624-6672, fax

Christina's practice as a family law attorney and family mediator is focused on healthy, respectful and efficient resolution of family disputes. She represents the interests of children and individuals with disabilities in her work as a Title 26 and Title 11 guardian ad litem. Prior to practicing law, Christina worked with children and families as a certificated teacher with endorsements in early childhood development.

Credentials: Family Law Attorney and Mediator

Collaborative Role(s): Divorce and Family Law AttorneyMediator

Jennifer A. Forquer Jennifer A. Forquer
Integrative Family Law, PLLC
901 Fifth Avenue
Suite 2800
Seattle, WA 98164
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206-859-6801, fax

I have been practicing family law since 2001 when I joined a family law firm in Bethesda, MD. This is when I was first exposed to the ideals of Collaborative Law. Over the years I've been a part of many traditional, adversarial divorces and I believe that Collaborative Law practice provides divorcing couples with a better alternative for shaping the future of their family and providing for their children. The practice of Collaborative Law provides a team of people dedicated to helping the clients explore and reach long term solutions for themselves and their children. The Collaborative process can be complex and at the same time rewarding. I find that the Collaborative process provides my clients the freedom and the power to create their own durable agreements instead of having decisions affecting their children and their financial future imposed upon them by the court system. My practice also involves litigation cases, which are often resolved amicably via the mediation process utilizing the ideals and concepts found in Collaborative Law. I grew up in Alaska and went to college at the Pennsylvania State University, graduating in 1989. In 1995 I received my JD from Seattle University School of Law. I practiced criminal defense and insurance defense for a few years before moving to Maryland in 2000. I lived in Maryland until 2007 when I returned to Washington. Since early 2009 I have lived in Seattle and practiced family law.

Credentials: Member of: King County Collaborative Law (current Chair of Standards and Best Practices Committee); International Academy of Collaborative Professionals; Compass Collaborative; King County Bar Assoc.(family law section) and American Bar Association. I've been a member of WA Bar Assoc. since 1995. I am inactive with the Maryland Bar and I resigned my Washington DC Bar membership as I no longer practice in those jurisdictions. I have a distinguished rating with Martindale-Hubbell meaning that I was rated very high in legal ability and ethical standards.

Collaborative Role(s): Divorce and Family Law Attorney

Leslie J. Garrison Leslie J. Garrison, Attorney
The Schwarz - Garrison Law Firm
2601 Fourth Avenue, Suite 470
Seattle, WA 98121
206-622-6636, fax

Providing creative solutions for dissolutions and other family law issues. Mediation services in employer/employee labor disputes.

Credentials: J.D. University of Oregon, practicing attorney since 1988, trained in collaborative solutions and mediated dispute resolution. Experience working with high conflict personalities and finding non-adversarial solutions.

Collaborative Role(s): Divorce and Family Law AttorneyMediator

Lisa M. Gilmore Lisa M. Gilmore, Attorney at Law
Helsell Fetterman
1001 Fourth Ave.
Suite 4200
Seattle, WA 98111-3846
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206-340-0902, fax

Lisa has presented at Continuing Legal Education seminars on the topics of the State Domestic Partnership Registry, Domestic Partnership Agreements and discovery of children's records. Lisa is experienced in a wide variety of family law matters, including adoption, divorce, domestic partnership, paternity, parenting and support matters.

  • Member, King County Collaborative Law
  • Board of Directors, GLBT Bar Association of Washington
  • Member, Family Law Section of the American Bar Association
  • Member, Alternative Families Division of the American Bar Association's Family Law Section
  • Member, Washington State Bar Association's Sexual Orientation and Gender Identification Legal Issues Section
  • Member, King County Bar Association Family Law Section

Credentials: Lisa has received recognition for her continued work with the King County Bar Association's Domestic Violence Family Law Clinic, She received a Special Recognition Award from the Greater Seattle Business Association for Collaboration for Social Change and received a Cynthia Gillespie Award from the Northwest Women's Law Center for her work with the Marriage Equality Team. Rutgers University School of Law (J.D., 1992) Ursinus College (B.A., 1988)

Collaborative Role(s): Divorce and Family Law Attorney

David Goodenough, MS, LMHC David Goodenough, MS, LMHC, President
Goodenough Company, Inc.
200 West Mercer, Suite #510
Seattle, WA 98119
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206 286-2265
206 286-3631, fax

I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Expert Witness in Career/Vocational Assessment for Collaborative, Mediated and Litigated divorce cases. I have worked in Collaborative Law for the last several years and have done many traditional divorce expert witness work for over fifteen years. I combine Mental Health sensitivity as well as significant background, thirty plus years of career assessment in my work.

Credentials: B.A. Sociology/Education, College of Idaho. M.S. Interdisciplinary Studies/Counseling, University of Oregon. Licensed Mental Health Counselor, WA State License # 00004919

Collaborative Role(s): Career Counselor

Allyson Henry Allyson Henry
1620 Broadway
Suite 203
Seattle, WA 98122
206-257-4192, fax

A licensed and highly skilled therapist who offers attached based parental therapy. I also do parent coaching to ensure a coherent parenting plan is implemented to ensure safety, consistency and structure for your children. I also work directly with children to discover and resolve issues. I offer a warm and caring environment during your difficult time.

Credentials: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Experienced Washington state Parent Child Interaction Coach, Certified Washington State Mediator

Collaborative Role(s): Coach, Child Specialist, Career Counselor, MediatorTherapist

Adrienne Keith Wills Adrienne Keith Wills, Attorney and Mediator
Keith Law & Mediation
1700 Seventh Ave, Suite 2100
Seattle, WA 98101
206-219-6714, fax

I help couples and families work toward win-win outcomes using mediation, collaboration and/or negotiation.

Credentials: Member, WSBA

Collaborative Role(s): Divorce and Family Law Attorney

Gwen C. Mathewson Gwen C. Mathewson, Attorney at Law
2601 Fourth Avenue, Suite 470
Seattle, WA 98121
206 447-4348
206 448-2252, fax

Because I believe that non-adversarial dispute resolution leads to better long-term results, I limit my practice to Collaborative Law, mediation, and mediation consulting. I have offices in both Seattle and Port Townsend, and welcome clients from both sides of Puget Sound.

Credentials: B.A., Yale University; M.A., University of Washington; J.D., University of Chicago. Member of the KCCL Board of Directors

Collaborative Role(s): Divorce and Family Law Attorney

Paul W McVicker Paul W McVicker
Seattle Law and Mediation.
14900 Interurban Ave S
Suite 271
206-456-6647, fax

Experienced family law attorney and mediator. Former guardian ad litem, child's attorney and child's representative in Cook County, Illinois, 1993-2004. Mediator since 2000. Collaboratively trained, 2007. Advanced ABA International Family Law Mediation training. Offices in Seattle and Federal Way.

Credentials: J.D. Illiinois Institute of Technology - Chicago Kent College of Law, 1977. AFM Family Law Mediation Certification - Aurora University School of Social Work, 2000. Family Law Mediation Program Panel - District Court of DuPage County, IL, Sara Bonkowski, Ph.D., Director, Family Law Modifications Mediation Panel, District Court of Kane County, IL. Specialized GAL training, Cook County, IL 1993-2000, KCBA Tiltle 26 Family Law Guardian ad Litem Training Specialized training in screening for domestic violence, psychological and cognitive disorders - Chair 2007 Seminar: Screening for Impairments. Member Hague Convention Attorney's network, Office of Children's Issues, U.S. Department of State litigation and mediation.

Collaborative Role(s): Divorce and Family Law AttorneyMediator

Alexandra/Xana Moore-Wulsin Alexandra/Xana Moore-Wulsin
Strata Law Group, PLLC
520 Pike Street
Suite 1205
Seattle, WA 98101
206-299-3556, fax

Alexandra (Xana), an attorney practicing for 28 years, guides her clients toward identifying long-term goals and objectives as they restructure their relationships through a legal process. Once identified, those goals and objectives become the beacons for clients in a divorce, legal separation, guardianship or other legal proceeding. She has witnessed this focus preserve relationships in transition by decreasing damaging conflict. As the client navigates the process, she focusses her clients on reaching an enduring settlement. A King County Collaborative Law board member and a member of the Probate, Elder Law and Guardianship Group, Xana sees a natural synergy in extending the collaborative practice to elder law clients too. Having litigated since 1987 and collaborated since 2008, Xana has keen insight into the pros and cons of a myriad of dispute resolution options from litigation to mediation to collaboration and more.

Credentials: Member Washington State Bar Assosciation (including section memberships), King County Bar Assosciation (including section memberships), Federal District Court for the Western District of Washington, Trained mediator and title 11 Guardian ad Litem

Collaborative Role(s): Divorce and Family Law Attorney, MediatorProbate and Elder Law Attorney

Leigh Noffsinger Leigh Noffsinger, Attorney
Bainbridge Collaborative Divorce
P.O. Box 11444
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

My law practice focuses exclusively on collaborative divorce and alternatives to litigation. With offices in downtown Seattle and Bainbridge Island, I serve both King and Kitsap counties and strive to provide support to enable more people to have a healthy divorce process.

Credentials: Past President, Collaborative Professionals of Washington and Kitsap Collaborative Law Professionals; Volunteer of the Year, King County Family Law Mentor Program, 2009; Former President, Madrona School Board of Directors, 2009-2011; J.D. with Honors, University of Washington School of Law, 2000, Order of the Coif, Washington Law Review Notes & Comments Editor.

Collaborative Role(s): Divorce and Family Law Attorney

Yoshimi Pelczarski Yoshimi Pelczarski, LICSW, ACSW
(206) 683-2754

Yoshimi specializes in working with children, teens and families. Her areas of expertise include: Inter-racial/Inter-cultural marriage, child maltreatment, PTSD, attachment issues, and family systems assessment. She is a skilled interviewer and psycho-social evaluator. As a trained clinical social worker, she understands the interconnectedness of person/family and environment. In addition, as a person of color, Yoshimi has a keen awareness of how cultural norms and traditions influence family dynamics. She appreciates the complexity and challenges of parenting after divorce and hopes to help parents to develop effective communication and practical problem solving skills. Yoshimi is fluent in Japanese and English. She is also conversant in Spanish having lived in Central America for several months. She is very familiar with both Asian and Latino cultures.

Credentials: Masters degree in Social Work from University of Washington, Academy of Certified Social Workers by National Association of Social Workers, Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker from State of Washington, and Certificate in Child and Adolescent Mental Health from University of Washington. She has had numerous hours of post graduate training in areas of PTSD, Child maltreatment, attachment, and family systems theory. She has completed Title 26 Family Law Guardian ad Litem training as well as basic mediation training. She is a published author on the subject of child maltreatment.

Collaborative Role(s): Child Specialist

Anne K Perry Anne K Perry, Coach
Integral Business Coach
4505 44th Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116
206-932-0332, fax

I am a development coach, specializing in communication, conflict, transition, awareness

Credentials: Doctorate of Educational Leadership; LMHC-WA; Member of The American Association of Pastoral Counsel

Collaborative Role(s): Coach

Andrew Schwarz Andrew Schwarz
The Schwarz-Garrison Law Firm
2601 Fourth Ave.
Suite 470
Seattle, WA 98121
206-622-6636, fax

We are a small, client oriented firm, providing high quality legal representation in the areas of Family Law, Criminal Defense, and Civil Litigation. We have extensive training and experience in Mediation, Collaborative Law, and other forms of ADR. There is nothing more satisfying than bringing distressed people through the most challenging period of their adult lives- shifting the focus from fear to expectation; watching them build the skills that will take them into a satisfying future. Collaborative Law works and it is changing lives for the better.

Credentials: Washington Bar: 1987; Law Clerk for Judge Marsha J. Pechman: 1988-89; 9th Cir. US Ct. of App.s 1992; Memberships: WSBA - Family Law Section,International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP),Collaborative Professionals of Washington (CPW), King County Collaborative Law (KCCL), Frequent Presenter at Continuing Education Programs in ethics, Criminal and Civil trial and pretrial practice. Instructor, University of Washington, Paralegal Certificate Program: Family Law and Criminal Law.

Collaborative Role(s): Divorce and Family Law Attorney, Mediator, OtherOther Civil Law Attorney

Justin M Sedell
Lasher Holzapfel Sperry & Ebberson, PLLC
601 Union Street, Ste. 2600
Seattle, WA 98101
206-340-2563, fax

Justin is an experienced collaborative attorney that is committed to helping his clients achieve the best possible results for themselves and their families using the benefits and tools available in the collaborative model.

Collaborative Role(s): Divorce and Family Law Attorney

Susan J Shulenberger Susan J Shulenberger
Integrative Family Law
901 Fifth Avenue
Suite 2800
Seattle, WA 98164
(206) 859-6800
206-859-6801, fax

I believe that the traditional dissolution practice focuses on short-term results and can damage long-term relationships. I work to help clients avoid unnecessary conflict in divorce and other family law matters and focus on their long-term well-being. I began my career with a solid foundation in business law at leading Seattle law firms. Since 1998, I have focused my practice on complex family law in Seattle and King County. My focus has been to represent high and mid net worth individuals in family law matters. Cases involving assets such as real estate, stock options, professional practices, ownership interests in varying legal entities, and ongoing management of closely held businesses can often raise complex valuation and distribution issues. That does not mean that the dissolution needs to be contentious

Credentials: Member of King County Collaborative Law, International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, and King County Bar Assoc.(family law section). Member of WSBA since 1982. I am actively involved in the WSBA and currently an Adjunct Disciplinary Counsel Panel member, helping the Office of the Discipline Counsel prosecute grievances. I have an AV Peer Review rating with Martindale-Hubbell

Collaborative Role(s): Divorce and Family Law Attorney

Jeff D. Shushan Jeff D. Shushan, MA, LMHC, Collaborative Divorce Coach, Marriage & Family Therapist, Mediation
Legacy Counseling, Coaching & Training
1818 Westlake Ave N
Seattle, WA

How you approach your Divorce, may help you create a 'Legacy', that still matters. Jeff brings over 30 years of experience working with relationships and personal growth, to Collaborative Divorce Coaching. He specializes in helping couples resolve conflict in the context of co-creating a vision for a positive and transformed future. You can feel empowered with support as you navigate your way through a respectful Divorce and Family Planning process.

Credentials: MA, LMHC, Couples/Family Therapy & Mediation

Collaborative Role(s): Coach

Teresa M Sisk Teresa M Sisk
Pathways To Resolution
100 West Harrison
South Tower Ste. 470
Seattle, WA 98119
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As a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst working in a Collaborative Law Environment, Teresa works with couples that value preserving family, relationships and dignity throughout the dissolution process. She has been trained in the financial and emotional issues relating to divorce. She is committed to helping couples make financial decisions that support their families and futures.

Credentials: CDFA, Mediator

Collaborative Role(s): Financial SpecialistMediator

Alexis Squier Alexis Squier, Attorney
Strata Law Group, PLLC
520 Pike St
Suite 1205
Seattle, WA 98101
206-299-3556, fax

Alexis brings her experience and determination in partnering with her clients and team members to provide fertile ground for creative and sustainable resolutions in family law matters. Having served as a litigator and as a Guardian Ad Litem, she has seen first-hand the impact of acrimony and divisiveness on separating families and is passionate about paving a new road with better choices for families in transition.

Credentials: Mediation 40-hour training; Collaborative Practice Basic Training; Collaborative Practice advanced trainings; Guardian Ad Litem Title 26 Mandatory Training. Current Board Member, King County Collaborative Law; Current Treasurer, King County Collaborative Law; Chaired Family Law Section of King County Bar Association; Chaired Guardian Ad Litem Section of King County Bar Association; BA, 1987, Whitman College; JD, 1993, Seattle University School of Law

Collaborative Role(s): Divorce and Family Law AttorneyMediator

Megan Stanley Megan Stanley, Attorney
Integrative Family Law, PLLC
901 Fifth Avenue
Suite 2800
Seattle, WA 98164
206 859-6801, fax

I believe that collaborative or cooperative approaches to family disputes lead to better outcomes. I strive to find common ground and amicable resolutions whenever possible.

Credentials: Washington State Bar Association member, King County Bar Association Family Law Section member, King County Collaborative Law, International Association of Collaborative Professionals, King County Family Law Guardian Ad Litem Panel, WSBA Adjunct Investigative Counsel Panel

Collaborative Role(s): Divorce and Family Law Attorney

David A. Strickland David A. Strickland, Attorney at Law
1100 Dexter Ave. N.
Suite 100
Seattle, WA 98109

For twenty five years I have helped clients find effective solutions to their family law, business, probate and real estate concerns.

Credentials: I am a trained collaborative attorney and mediator. I am a member of American Bar Association Dispute Resolution and Family Law Sections, the Washington State Bar Association Dispute Resolution and Family Law Sections, the King County Bar Association Collaborative Law (former Co-Chair),Dispute Resolution, Real Estate and Probate sections,King County Collaborative Law, Chair of the Civil Practice Group and member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals.

Collaborative Role(s): Divorce and Family Law Attorney, Mediator, Probate and Elder Law AttorneyOther Civil Law Attorney

Debra Synovec Debra Synovec, Mediator, CDFA, Attorney
Whole Mediation & Consulting Services, P.C.
1818 Westlake Avenue North, Suite #314
Seattle, WA 98109

Debra Synovec, founder of Whole Mediation & Consulting Services, P.C. is a skilled mediator and certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA) located in Seattle, Washington. Debra combines her unique skills acquired as an attorney, CPA and social worker to provide CDFA and mediation services with compassion and pragmatism. Engaging, caring and resourceful, she gives clients and their attorneys confidence while helping the clients to reach agreements. ?? ?Debra has achieved Advanced Practitioner Member of the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) and is a Founding Member and Advanced Practitioner Member of the Academy of Professional Family Mediators and is currently Treasurer and Board Member. She limits her practice to Mediation and Divorce Financial Analyst but is admitted to practice law in Washington, California, Minnesota, Illinois, the United States Tax Court and before the Supreme Court of the United States.?? Debra helps clients have a progressive, productive, and peaceful process for resolving family challenges and uses her skills to create a more balanced, empowering approach for transitions.

Credentials: JD; CDFA, CPA (inactive status); Founding Member, Board Member and Advanced Practitioner Member of the Academy of Professional Family MediatorsAssociation of Conflict Resolution Advanced Practitioner Member; Certified by; Harvard Negotiation Insight Initiative; WMA Certified Mediator

Collaborative Role(s): Financial SpecialistMediator

John Twitchell John Twitchell, Economist, Certified Divorce Financial Analyst
Financial Settlement Solutions LLC
1001 Fourth Avenue
Suite 3200
Seattle, WA 98154
206.260.2993, fax

John works on the Eastside as well as the greater Seattle area and Bainbridge Island. He received his Master's in economics from the University of California at Santa Barbara. he has worked as an economist in the divorce field for 19 years, including experience as a trial expert in Washington State. John is a member of the American Association of Individual Investors, Institute for Divorce Financial Analysts, International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, King County Collaborative Law, King County Bar Association - Collaborative Law Section and Collaborative Professionals of Washington.

Collaborative Role(s): Financial Specialist

J. Mark Weiss J. Mark Weiss, JD, AAML
Law Office of J. Mark Weiss, P.S.
Seattle Collaborative Law Center
100 W. Harrison St., South Tower, Ste. 470
Seattle, WA 98119-4116

Mark helps divorcing and separating clients resolve conflict so they can move forward. He works with clients to create reality-based agreements that are consistent with their values and goals. Among the Top 25 family law attorneys in the State of Washington per Washington Law & Politics Magazine. 'Super Lawyer ' - Wash Law & Politics annually since 2007. ; Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. 2005 'Ken Weber Attorney of the Year' award - Washington State Bar Association Family Law Section. Former Trustee of the King County Bar Association, and former Chairperson of the Family Law Section of the Washington State Bar Association. Director, International Academy of Collaborative Professionals.

Credentials: JD ('87); AAML Fellow. Mark has participated many hundreds of hours of training in mediation, negotiation and Collaborative Law, including training conducted by Kenneth Cloke, Joan Goldsmith, Chip Rose, Pauline Tesler, Peggy Thompson, Stu Webb, Catherine Conner, Rita Pollak, Sharon Strand Ellison, the Harvard Law School Program on Negotiation, and many more. Mark is also a Collaborative Law trainer himself, having trained other Collaborative Law practitioners in basic and advanced topics.

Collaborative Role(s): Divorce and Family Law AttorneyMediator