Curriculum Vitae


I am dedicated to helping couples, families, and individuals in business create sustainable solutions to their conflicts by guiding them, impartially and compassionately, through open and constructive conversation and collaborative and informed decision-making.


  • Highly-skilled: Completed 1.5-year practicum with Dispute Resolution Center of King County, Seattle, WA (2004); more than 500 hours of continuing education in non-adversarial forms of conflict resolution.
  • Highly-experienced: Private practitioner for more than 10 years, providing non-adversarial dispute and conflict resolution services through mediation, facilitation, conflict assessment, conflict coaching, and conflict resolution trainings with respect to divorce and family and workplace conflict.
  • More than 7 years of litigation and other legal experience.
  • Strong communicator, able to clearly present complex information to diverse audiences.
  • Creative and resourceful, with exceptional abilities in establishing professional alliances and creating and spearheading projects and programs to advance the understanding and practice of mediation.
  • Results-oriented with a reputation for quality, accuracy, and client satisfactions.

Professional Experience

Transforming Conflict, LLC, 2004 to present. Founder and principal of a firm serving Seattle, surrounding regions, and all other areas of Washington State and the US. Provide mediation, facilitation, conflict coaching, and training for conflicts and disputes involving couples, adult families, and organizations.

Seattle Federal Executive Board ADR Consortium, 2004-2006; 2013-present. (Volunteer) Provide mediation, conflict coaching, and facilitation services for disputes and conflicts involving federal, state and local government agencies. Develop conflict resolution trainings as member of curriculum committee

Dispute Resolution Center of King County, 2004-2008; 2013-present. (Volunteer) Mediate divorce, adult family, and business disputes.

Appointments, Offices & Community Service

Dispute Resolution Center of King County

  • 2007 Mediator of the Year (certificate of recognition for volunteer services)

Washington State Bar Association

  • ADR Subcommittee, Task Force on Escalating Costs of Civil Litigation, Member, 2012-present
  • Executive Committee, Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Section
    • Chair, 2011-2012
    • Member, 2007-2013
    • Education Subcommittee, Chair, 2008-2011
    • Task Force to Form Executive Board Committee of the ADR Section
      Member, 2008-2014

Annual Northwest Dispute Resolution Conference
Member, Planning Committee, 2008 to present

Washington Mediation Association

  • Member, Board of Directors, 2008
  • Co-Chair, Education Committee, 2008

Certifications and Specialized Training (Highlights)

Karen Bonnell, MS
The Essentials of Co-Parent Coaching (3 Days), 2017
Kirkland, WA

Center for Ethical Leadership, Seattle, WA
Gracious Space: A Practical Guide for Working Better Together (2 Days), 2015

Public Conversations Project, Seattle, WA (Boston, MA)
Facilitating with Purpose and Poise (2 Days), 2014

Dispute Resolution Center of King County, Seattle, WA

  • “Using Appreciative Inquiry for Deep, Positive Changes” (2 Days)
    Presented by Gloria DeGaetano, 2015
  • "What I Said And What I Meant": Cross-Cultural Communication
    Presented by Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee, 2014
  • Crucial Conversations Training (Vital Smarts™) (2 Days), 2013
  • Mentor Mediator, Civil and Family Cases, 2004
  • Certified Civil & Family Law Mediator, 2004
  • 20-hr. Domestic Mediation Training, April 2003

City of Seattle Alternative Dispute Resolution Program, Seattle, WA
Anti-Racism for Mediators (2 Days), 2013

Antioch University, Seattle, WA

  • How to Mediate Public Policy Disputes & Facilitate Meetings, Focus Groups & "Dangerous Dialogues"
    Guest facilitator Ken Cloke, JD, PhD. (1 Day), 2013
  • Re-Authoring the Relationship Story Through Narrative Mediation
    Presented by John Winslade, Ph.D. (1 Day), 2009

Andrea Brenneke and Susan Partnow, Seattle, WA
Restorative Circles Facilitator Workshop: Advancing a Culture of Peace (1 Day), 2013

High Conflict Institute for Family Law Professionals, Seattle, WA
High Conflict People in Legal Disputes, Presented by William A. Eddy (2 Days), 2007 (The Oregon Mediation Center)
Certificate of Completion, Mediating Divorce Agreement (15 hr.), 2007

The Compassionate Listening Project, Seattle, WA
The Fundamentals of Compassionate Listening: Healing Our World From the Inside Out
Facilitated by Leah Green, (12 hrs.), 2006

Thurston County Dispute Resolution Center, Olympia, WA &
The Center for Social Gerontology, Ann Arbor, MI

Adult Guardianship/Family Caregiver Mediation Training, (2 Days), 5/1-5/2/05

Seattle Federal Executive Board ADR Consortium, Seattle, WA
Transformative Mediation Training, (2 Days), 2004

University of Washington Law School, Seattle, WA
Professional Mediation Skills Training, (36 hr), October 2002

Northern Virginia Mediation Services, Fairfax, VA
Certificate: Workplace Mediation & Conflict Resolution, (76 hr), Spring 1999

Maryland Institute of Continuing Professional Education for Lawyers, Baltimore, MD
Skills-Based Mediation Training, (40 hr), January 1999

ADR-Related Teaching and Speaking Engagements

Faculty, The Scrivener’s Dilemma: Mediators Who Draft Settlement Agreements
21st Annual Northwest Dispute Resolution Conference
University of Washington School of Law
Seattle, WA (3/29/14)

Panelist, Professionalism in ADR ADR Sectio
Washington State Bar Association
Seattle, WA (3/13/13)

Guest Speaker, ADR Perspectives
Assist. Prof. W. Covington’s General Externship Perspectives Class
University of Washington School of Law
Seattle, WA (7/2/12)

Panelist, ADR Panel, Don Desonier, JD, Moderator
Seattle University School of Law; The Dispute Resolution Board
Seattle, WA (4/5/12)

Guest Speaker, Alternative Dispute Resolution and Family Law
Prof. D. Bowen’s Family Law Class, Seattle University School of Law
Seattle, WA (4/15/10)

Panelist, Bridging the Gap: Negotiation and Mediation
Young Lawyers Division of the Washington State Bar Association &
The Young Lawyers Division of the King County Bar Association
Seattle, WA (3/26/10)

Panelist, Social Justice Tuesday: Role of Mediation
University of Washington School of Law
Seattle, WA (4/14/09)

Panelist, Building Mediation Markets/Demand
Seattle University School of Law; Dispute Resolution Board;
and King County Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution
Seattle, WA (4/3/09)

Guest Speaker, Alternative Dispute Resolution and Family Law
Prof. D. Bowen’s Family Law Class, Seattle University School of Law
Seattle, WA (3/4/09)

Presenter, The Use and Abuse of Deception in Mediation
Skagit Volunteer Lawyer’s Program
Mount Vernon, WA (12/2/08)

Trainer, Family Mediation Intake
Dispute Resolution Center of King County
Seattle, WA (8/4/08)

Faculty, ADR 2.0: Science, Technology & New Developments
WSBA ADR Section-Sponsored CLE Seminar
Seattle, WA (2008)

Resolving To Use ADR: How Mediation Can Help You, Your Clients and Your Practice
(with John Shaffer and Adrienne Keith)
King County Bar Association Breakfast Club CLE
Seattle, WA (11/8/07)

What’s In Your Mediator Toolkit? Styles & Methods for Helping Parties in Conflict
(with Mark Kuciemba)
Pierce County Dispute Resolution Center
Tacoma, WA (8/7/07)

Is the Co-Mediation Model Working?
(with Mark Kuciemba)
Pierce County Dispute Resolution Center
Tacoma, WA (11/30/06)


Kate Gosselin, One Year After the Divorce: One Seattle Lawyer’s Alternative to Lessen Blow of Divorce
Dr. Patricia Nan Anderson, Parenting: A Field Guide: Handling Difficult People Over the Holidays: An Interview with Rina Goodman


Professional Experience

Law Office of Rina M. Goodman, 1997-1999. Counsel for indigent defendants under the Criminal Justice Act. Co-counsel for plaintiffs in federal sector employment discrimination mediations.

Speiser Krause, PC, Arlington, VA, 1992-1997. Plaintiffs’ litigation for aviation and maritime wrongful deaths and personal injuries.

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, 1991. Temporary Assistant Circuit Executive, managing activities of Judicial Counsel’s Historical Subcommittee on Exhibits.

Squadron, Ellenoff, Plesent & Lehrer, 1990-1991. Consultant on complex commercial and bankruptcy law.

Articles & Reported Cases

Goodman, R.M., Kuciemba, M., (2007, Jan.-Feb.). Is the Co-Mediation Model Working? Update Newsletter, Bellevue Mediation Program. Retrieved from

On brief: Administrator, Federal Aviation Administration v. National Transportation Safety Board and Richard A. Rolund, 57 F.3d 1144 (D.C.Cir. 1995) (cert. denied) Lear, Gerard R., Goodman, Rina M., (1993).

The Government Contractor’s Defense, American Trial Lawyers Association.


The Academy of Professional Family Mediators

King County Bar Association (ADR Section)

Washington Bar Association (ADR & Family Law Sections)

Washington Mediation Association


Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Juris Doctorate

New York University, Master of Arts, Arts Administration

Sarah Lawrence College, Bachelor of Arts


State: Washington, 2004; District of Columbia, 1992 (inactive); New York, 1991 (inactive); Florida, 1991 (retired); New Jersey, 1990 (retired)

Federal: U.S. Supreme Court