Professional Details

Richard Barrier
Practitioner MediatorPractitioner Mediator

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3818 NW 26th Avenue
Camas, WA 98607


Description of Practice

Mediator with over 35 years experience in government and private sector finances and management, including construction, small business, and real estate. Eleven years of Mediation experience in construction, divorce, employment and business disputes.

Professional Background

I have spent many years working with the Alaska Court System, as well as a number of other careers I helped to start the small claims mediation program in the Anchorage District Court. I have had the opportunity to see first hand the qualitative benefits of mediation, as compared to a judge-decided cases.


Over 200 mediations, including construction contracts, general civil disputes, labor/management issues, divorce, custody, victim/offender, parent/adolescent


B.S. from Yale University, MBA from Stanford University


Dates    Trainer(s)    Title   
1998    Jim Melamed    Civil and Workplace Mediation 30 hours
1998    Kris Conquergood    Victim-Offender Mediation 24 hours
1999    Kris Conquergood    Parent-Adolescent Mediation 8 hours
2001    US Postal Service    Advanced Mediation Skills 20 hours


My approach to mediation places an emphasis on each of the parties doing their work in the mediation process. I am not there to tell them how to settle the case, but rather to facilitate their better understanding of each other and their perspectives of the issues. I generally utilize an interest-based approach to mediation, whereby I assist the parties to find a common ground in their mutual interests. I also enjoy the transformative mediation process, in which the parties are given even more responsibility for the outcome, and develop personal skills to deal with conflict in the future.


I generally charge $500 for a half day mediation session, and $150/hour for additional hours. For for domestic cases, I typically charge $120/hour, with no minimum. Payment for domestic cases is collected at each mediation session.

Other Information

I have been successful in helping many individuals and organizations to resolving their disputes. I enjoy this work and believe it is the best solution for resolving conflict issues.

Areas of Practice

  • Adult Family (5 mediated)
  • Business (50 mediated)
  • Civil (general) (30 mediated)
  • Commercial
  • Construction (15 mediated)
  • Contracts (10 mediated)
  • Divorce (all issues) (30 mediated)
  • Divorce (parenting) (10 mediated)
  • EEOC (30 mediated)
  • Employment (10 mediated)
  • Family (5 mediated)
  • Foreclosure (40 mediated)
  • Labor - Management (5 mediated)
  • Landlord - Tenant (15 mediated)
  • Organizational (4 mediated)
  • Postal Service (20 mediated)
  • Professional Fees (5 mediated)
  • Real Estate (15 mediated)
  • Workplace (15 mediated)

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Mediation Consultant
  • Online Mediator

References available upon request.