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Mediators Federal Way WA

Mediators provide mediation services for disagreements concerning such issues as premarital agreements, financial disagreements, separation, divorce, parenting plans, wrongful termination, labor management, victim-offender mediation and more. See below for local businesses in Federal Way that give access to qualified mediators and for more advice and content on facilitative mediation and evaluative mediation.

Rhonda Lee Laumann
(206) 790-2395
533 S 336TH ST STE A
FEDERAL WAY, WA
 
Eileen S. Peterson
(253) 620-6500
WELLS FARGO PLAZA 1201 PACIFIC AVE STE 2100
TACOMA, WA
Specialties
Elder Law, Probate, Trusts, Guardianship, Mediation
Education
Seattle University School of Law,University of Oregon,Washington State University
State Licensing
Washington

Marc T Christianson
(253) 952-4290
THE HOLMAN BUILDING 4041 RUSTON WAY STE 200
TACOMA, WA
 
Timothy Elliott Williams
(253) 591-7088
1111 FAWCETT AVE STE 101
TACOMA, WA
Specialties
Estate Planning, Elder Law, Guardianship, Mediation, Probate, Wills, Trusts
Education
Seattle University School of Law
State Licensing
Oregon, Washington

Susan L. Caulkins
(253) 620-1500
920 FAWCETT AVE
TACOMA, WA
Specialties
Family, Litigation, Mediation, Construction, Foreclosure, Landlord & Tenant, Probate
Education
Lewis & Clark Northwestern Law School,Pacific Lutheran University
State Licensing
Washington

Michael Vincent Riggio
4505 PACIFIC HWY E STE A
TACOMA, WA
Specialties
Litigation, Maritime, Personal Injury, Mediation, Military Law
State Licensing
Washington

Joseph Harold Gordon JR
(253) 620-6500
WELLS FARGO PLAZA 1201 PACIFIC AVE STE 2100
TACOMA, WA
Specialties
Arbitration, Mediation, Business, Estate Planning, Landlord & Tenant, Real Estate, Workers Compensation
Education
Stanford Law School,Stanford University
State Licensing
Washington

Donald Herbert Thompson
(253) 620-6500
WELLS FARGO PLAZA 1201 PACIFIC AVE STE 2100
TACOMA, WA
Specialties
Arbitration, Mediation, Lawsuits & Disputes, Appeals, Litigation
Education
University of Washington School of Law,University of Washington -Seattle
State Licensing
Washington

Barbara Jo Reisinger Sylvester
(253) 627-1181
1102 BROADWAY STE 500
TACOMA, WA
Specialties
Family, Elder Law, Mediation, Civil Rights
Education
University of Puget Sound,University of Washington
State Licensing
Washington

Mary Gail Carver
(253) 845-8895
Po Box 217
Puyallup, WA
Specialties
Real Estate, Mediation
Education
Seattle University School of Law,Embry Riddle Aeronautical University - England
State Licensing
Washington

Conflict: A New Perspective

by Julie Fuimano

I was recently asked to address the issue of conflict resolution at the hospital of one of our clients. In today's fast-paced and stressed-out society, conflict resolution is a critical issue. People don't always have the time or the tools to handle conflict.

The word ‘conflict' connotes something bad. People think of conflict and they think of two people in a heated argument. But as the workplace shapes itself to recognize and be more accepting of diversity and differing opinions and as companies write their diversity policies, why not change the way we view conflict and embrace it as something to be valued instead of dispelled?

Conflict Defined

Conflict is defined as a disagreement, a battle or to be at odds. In essence, conflict is a differing of opinions, point of views or ideas. Conflict occurs when two or more people see things from different perspectives, given their education, background, upbringing, knowledge of the issue, beliefs, time of day, mood, etc. Is this not the definition of diversity? Diversity is a variety, an assortment or a mixture. And accepting diversity means accepting that people have inherently different views on how they see the world and how to get things done.

The Source Of Conflict

So why then do people get so uptight and agitated when disagreements occur? There are two main reasons: one, when the idea is presented and then rejected, the person may take it as a personal attack. The second reason is that the person might be attached to it being done their way.

As a leader and a role model, recognize there is always another way to accomplish something, not just your way or the way it's always been done. Be open to receiving input from others, recognizing that their perspective offers you the opportunity to see the issue or problem in a way that you might not have considered. When you present your suggestions and opinions, detach yourself from whether your suggestion is implemented. While it may seem like the best choice from your vantage point, realize there may be many other factors that go into making the decision and that it's not about you as a person.

Acknowledge The Conflict

When faced with conflict, don't run from it; acknowledge it for what it is - diversity of thought. Ask each person to share his or her ideas. Compliment each of them on their innovative and unique perspectives. Praise each of those on your team so they understand how important their differing opinions are. By doing so, you are demonstrating leadership and showing respect for their diverse perspectives. Seek to understand where each person is coming from and help each of the participants understand the other's point of view. Once you understand the framework behind their perspective, you can help to dissolve the conflict and refocus their energies on finding solutions.

Focus On The Outcome

When its time to focus on selecting the most appropriate course of action, focus on ac...

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