Professional Details

James Sullivan
Practitioner MediatorPractitioner Mediator

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26338 119th Drive Southeast
Kent, WA 98030


Description of Practice

Headquartered in the Seattle area and serving clients remotely across the US, Listen to Understand LLP specializes in parenting plan modifications and divorce mediation and also has experience mediating conflicts within families.

We recognize that the best solutions come from the people involved in the situation. Courts are not able to take the time to understand what is important to you and they are limited by the letter of the law. We help parties understand what is truly important to each other and craft solutions that meet everyones needs.

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Professional Background

* Mediation training at the Green River College Peace Institute in partnership with the King County Dispute Resolution Center
* Internship at Pierce County Center for Dialog and Resolution
* Divorce Mediation Advanced Training with Robert Collins at PCCDR
* Conflict Coaching Training with Berry Kruijning at PCCDR
* Elder care mediation training at PCCDR
* Collaborative Leadership training at GRC Peace Institute
* Mental Health First Aid training at PCCDR


Jim has conducted more than 100 mediations since 2014 with his primary focus on parenting plan modifications, dissolutions, and other family mediations.


  • MS Chemical Engineering University of Washington
  • BS Chemical Engineering University of Washington
  • Certificate Data Science University of Washington


Dates    Trainer(s)    Title   
06/2014    Dee Knapp    Basic Mediation Training, 40
02/2015    Bob Collins    Divorce Mediation Advanced Training, 16
04/2015    Berry Kruijning    Conflict Coaching & Homelessness Diversion, 32
09/2015    PCCDR    Elder Care Mediation, 16


I believe the best solutions come from the people involved in the situation. I function as the street signs and the guardrails to keep you on the road to a solution, but you control the steering wheel, the gas pedal, and the brakes.

I focus on family mediations because 99.99% of people have good intentions and common interests can almost always be found.


My fees are competitive and I will consider your situation if you ask me to modify my fees.

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Mediation Consultant
  • Mediation Trainer
  • Conflict Coach
  • Facilitator
  • Online Mediator
  • Parenting Coordinator

References available upon request.