Debra Synovec, J.D.
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Whole Mediation & Consulting Services, P.C.
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1818 Westlake Avenue North, Suite 314
Seattle, WA 98109
Description of Practice
In counterbalance to the emotional turmoil inherent in typical legal confrontations, Debra's mediation clients and colleagues experience a sense of trust in her abilities to understand their needs as she helps them tailor reasonable, unified settlements.
Debra’s mediation process is client-centered and tailored to meet the objectives of each mediation engagement as defined by the clients.
In addition to mediation, Debra provides various consulting services, trainings and acts as a mentor for other professional mediators.
University of Minnesota, BS Accounting
St. Cloud State University, BA Social Work
|11/1988||Steve Erickson and Marilyn McKnight||40 Hour Divorce Mediation Training 40 hours|
|3/2002||Illinois State Board of Education||Special Education Mediation Training 10 hours|
|1/1996||CADRES||Civil Mediation Training 16 hours|
|6/2007||Ken Cloke Harvard Negotition Insight Initiative||Into the Heart of Conflict 40 hours|
|7/2009||CURS Institute||Peer Mediation Training 10 hours|
|2/2006||Pauline Tesler||Collaborative Law Training 12 hours|
|11/2006||Collaborative Divorce Team Training||Team Training 20 hours|
|8/2007||Joan Goldsmith||mediator as Leader 6 hours|
|3/15/2013||Joseph Shaub||Teamwork style 4 hours|
|5/3/2013||KCCL||Giving Clients Feedback 3.5 hours|
|6/10/2013||WSBA||De-Escalating Intense Emotions 1.5 hours|
|10/30/2013||Bill Eddy||Understanding and Managing HCP 6 hours|
Debra believes that this approach allows self-determination and empowerment of the parties. Her mediation approach is client-centered, allowing the parties to proceed in their own direction and at their own pace so that the process meets their unique needs.
Debra uses various procedures and techniques so that clients are able to have a more constructive dialogue and outcome. She uses rules and intervention techniques to help the parties define issues, gather information, develop options, evaluate solutions and structure an agreement.
Debra offers a one hour initial consultation at no cost for divorce and family dissolution cases involving financial issues. The purpose of the consultation is to review the mediation procedures and to determine whether mediation is an appropriate method for the parties to use to dissolve their marriage or domestic partnership.
Areas of Practice
- Adult Family
- Civil (general)
- Cross Cultural
- Divorce (all issues) (1,000 mediated)
- Divorce (parenting) (1,000 mediated)
- Estate Planning
- Land Use
- Landlord - Tenant
- Legal Malpractice
- Personal Injury
- Professional Fees
- Public Policy
- Real Estate
- Special Education
- Trust Management
- Victim - Offender
- Advanced Mediation Trainer
- Communication Skills Trainer
- Estate Planner
- Mediation Consultant
- Mediation Trainer
- Conflict Coach
- Mediating Lawyer
- Collaborative Professional