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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.


Practice areas


  1. Mediation: 50%
    12 years
  2. Uncontested Divorce: 50%
    12 years



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  • Michael V. Fancher

    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 and separation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Jamie Corrine Clausen

    Rina is a very thoughtful interest based mediator.


    Jamie Clausen Estate planning Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Transforming Conflict LLC

2401 4th Avenue
Ste 840
Seattle, WA, 98121


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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Mediator of the YearDispute Resolution Center of King County2007
Certified MediatorDispute Resolution Center of King County2004
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
FounderTransforming Conflict, LLC2004 - Present
Contract AttorneySelf-Employed1997 - 1999
Trial AttorneySpeiser Krause, P.C.1992 - 1997
Assitant Circuit ExecutiveU.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit1991 - 1991
Legal ConsultantSquadron, Ellenoff, Plesent & Lehrer1990 - 1991
Association namePosition nameDuration
Annual NW Dispute Resolution Conference Planning CommitteeMember2008 - Present
Washington State Bar Association, Alternative Dispute ResolutionChair2011 - 2012
Washington State Bar Association, ADR SectionChair Elect2010 - 2011
Washington State Bar Association, ADR SectionChair, Education Sub-Committee2008 - 2011
Washington State Bar Association, ADR SectionSecretary2008 - 2010
Washinton Mediation AssociationBoard of Directors2008 - 2008
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Administrator, FAA v. NTSB and Richard A. Rolund(Client prevailed) Petition Denied
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Yeshiva University, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1990
New York UniversityNew Museology/Arts AdministrationMA - Masters1985
Sarah Lawrence CollegeLiberal StudiesBA - Bachelor of Arts1977
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Professionalism in ADRMediation2012
ADR PerspectivesMediation2012
ADR PanelMediation2012
Bridging the GapNegotiation and Mediation2010
Social Justice Tuesday: Role of MediationMediation2009
Building Mediation Markets/DemandMediation2009