Professional Details

Linda Scher
Senior MediatorSenior MediatorSenior Mediator

Parting Waters Mediation, LLC

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3282 S.E. Hawthorne
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 232-8550


Description of Practice

Family Mediation and Facilitation. Assistance in all areas of family conflict, including divorce, post-divorce, separation, unmarried and same sex couples, open adoption, and adult siblings. Divorce and separation issues include parenting plan (schedule and decision-making), child finances, spousal support, and asset and debt division. VIDEO AND TELEPHONIC MEDIATION SERVICES AVAILABLE

Professional Background

BS in Sociology, University of Massachusetts, 1982. JD Law, University of Washington, 1986 (inactive member of Washington Bar). Forty-hour Family Mediation Training, Bellevue, Washington, 1987


Private Family Mediation practice since 1990. Approx. 500 cases mediated in private practice. One-year internship, Clackamas County Family Court Services, 1989-90. Child Welfare Mediator, Department of Human Services 1993-2006. Volunteer mediator, Resolutions Northwest (formerly Portland Neighborhood Mediation Center) since 1988. Appointed to Statewide Family Law Advisory Committee (FLAC), served since 1998. Chair, Parenting Plan Workgroup of FLAC since 2002. Practitioner member, Family Section of Association of Conflict Resolution. Lifetime Member, former board member and former President, Oregon Mediation Association. Associate Member, Oregon State Bar Family Law Section and Multnomah Bar Association. Member, Multnomah and Clackamas County Family Law Groups.


Dates    Trainer(s)    Title   
1986    Pacific Family Mediation Institute    Family Mediation, 40 hours
1989-90    Clackamas County Family Court Services    Family Mediation Internship, 12 months
1993    Cooperative Adoption Mediation Project    Open Adoption Mediation, 24 hours
1991    Multnomah County Small Claims Court    Mediation Trainer Training, 46 hours


Facilitative style. Joint sessions using individual caucuses, structured discussions and communication education. Written mediated agreement, collaboration with attorneys provided as requested.


$240 per hour, first introductory hour free. Visa and Master Card, check or cash accepted. No retainer required. Sliding scale available as appropriate.

Areas of Practice

  • Adoption (40 mediated)
  • Adult Family (35 mediated)
  • Community (50 mediated)
  • Divorce (all issues) (600 mediated)
  • Divorce (parenting) (225 mediated)
  • Family (100 mediated)
  • LGBTQ (90 mediated)
  • Marital Mediation (25 mediated)
  • Online Mediation (15 mediated)
  • Parent-Teen (15 mediated)
  • Pet Mediation (5 mediated)
  • Prenuptial (2 mediated)
  • Probate (2 mediated)

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Communication Skills Trainer
  • Mediation Trainer
  • Facilitator


Marlene Findling Attorney Nicole Deering Attorney Lauren MacNeill Director, Clackamas County Mediation Vana O'Brien Marriage and Family Therapist

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