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Nancy Retsinas, JD

Harnessing collaborative problem-solving principles and conflict management strategies to guide people through conflict and change, Nancy specializes in preserving relationships during challenging times. She has practiced law since 1991, and is an experienced mediator, facilitator, and collaborative lawyer who believes in the power of respectful, healthy dialogue and its ability to transform the way people experience conflict.

Combining her significant experience as a courtroom litigator with her commitment to bringing about a paradigm shift in dispute resolution, Nancy stopped litigating family law disputes in 2015 and founded Retsinas Collaborative Law Center, where she specializes in collaborative law, conflict coaching, and mediation for couples, families, and organizations. Nancy also serves as a Pro Tempore Superior Court Commissioner in Clark County, Washington, where she presides over an array of family law and juvenile law matters.

Nancy has been training professionals in innovative dispute resolution methods since 2008. She volunteers her time as a mediator with Community Mediation Services and as a volunteer lawyer for the Lawyer Talk program of the Clark County Volunteer Lawyers Program. Nancy currently sits on the board of Collaborative Professionals of Washington (board treasurer), and is a contributing author to Mosten and Cordover’s book, Building a Successful Collaborative Law Practice (2018), as well as the Washington Practice Manual–Family Law, a West publication (2016). She recently co-authored a Commentary on Interdisciplinary Teamwork in Family Law Practice, Family Court Review, Vol. 56, No. 3 (July 2018).

She graduated from University of Oregon School of Law (1991), and has a BA in Communications from University of Portland (1986). Nancy holds a license to practice law in Washington (1991) and Oregon (1992).