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Rina Goodman, founder and principal of Transforming Conflict, LLC, is a mediator and Collaborative Divorce attorney who has been providing alternative dispute resolution services to couples, families, and organizations since 2004. As a former trial lawyer, Rina understands the financial and personal impact litigation often has on parties. Today she is passionately committed to helping her clients achieve mutually satisfying solutions—even when the conflict appears to be intractable—without going to court.
Rina brings to her practice a background that distinguishes her from many other attorney mediators in Washington state. Prior to engaging in mediation practice, she immersed herself in mediation study and hands-on mediation experience. 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, 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 is currently a member of the ADR Subcommittee of the WSBA Task Force on Eliminating Court Costs in Litigation (ECCL) and the Legislative Committee of the WSBA’s ADR Section. She has served on the planning committee for the Annual Northwest Dispute Resolution Conference since 2008. She also serves as a volunteer mediator for the Seattle Federal Executive Board’s ADR Consortium and the King County DRC.
In 2007, Rina was certified as a Collaborative Divorce lawyer. She is pleased to announce that she now offers Collaborative Divorce as well as mediation services to her clients.
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I have worked with Rina on a number of cases. She is an excellent mediator and has helped clients get to resolution even on cases where we did not think they were going to be able to agree. She has great compassion and patience, and I expect to work with her on many more cases to come.
Michael Fancher Divorce & Separation Attorney
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Mediator of the Year||Dispute Resolution Center of King County||2007|
|Certified Mediator||Dispute Resolution Center of King County||2004|
|Founder||Transforming Conflict, LLC||2004 - Present|
|Contract Attorney||Self-Employed||1997 - 1999|
|Trial Attorney||Speiser Krause, P.C.||1992 - 1997|
|Assitant Circuit Executive||U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit||1991 - 1991|
|Legal Consultant||Squadron, Ellenoff, Plesent & Lehrer||1990 - 1991|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Washington State Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution||Chair||2011 - 2012|
|Washington State Bar Association, ADR Section||Chair Elect||2010 - 2011|
|Washington State Bar Association, ADR Section||Chair, Education Sub-Committee||2008 - 2011|
|Washington State Bar Association, ADR Section||Secretary||2008 - 2010|
|Annual NW Dispute Resolution Conference Planning Committee||Member||2008 - Present|
|Washinton Mediation Association||Board of Directors||2008 - 2008|
|Administrator, FAA v. NTSB and Richard A. Rolund||(Client prevailed) Petition Denied|
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|Yeshiva University, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1990|
|New York University||New Museology/Arts Administration||MA - Masters||1985|
|Sarah Lawrence College||Liberal Studies||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1977|
|Professionalism in ADR||Mediation||2012|
|Bridging the Gap||Negotiation and Mediation||2010|
|Social Justice Tuesday: Role of Mediation||Mediation||2009|
|Building Mediation Markets/Demand||Mediation||2009|