Dee Knapp is president and owner of Accord & Collaboration Dispute Resolution Services providing mediation, dialogue facilitation, conflict coaching and training.  She is also a Distinguished Practitioner in Residence at Seattle University School of Law where she directed the Mediation Clinic and presently teaches Mediation Skills.  Before becoming a lawyer and mediator, she was a counselor for abused and neglected teenagers in residential settings.  Dee is presently co-chair of the Sustainable Development Action Group, part of MBBI’s United Nations Multilateral Working Group. 

Practice Areas *

  • Workplace, Community and Special Education Mediation,
  • Public Policy Facilitation
  • Organizational Development
  • Conflict Coaching
  • Restorative Practices
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Discrimination
  • Government
  • Indigenous Communities
  • Higher Education
  • Training
  • Dialogue Facilitation
  • Interest-Based Negotiation
  • Environmental and Employment Law


BA Psychology and Sociology, JD Law


Representative clients and experience: 

  • 2020 U.S Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), United States, ADR Reservist. Hired to deploy to disaster areas and consult with FEMA employees and management on issues ranging from interpersonal disputes to training in effective communication in 60-day deployments which will begin when there is a COVID-19 vaccine or is otherwise deemed safe to travel.
  • 2020 Dispute Resolution Center of King County, Seattle, Washington. Converted a live interactive 40- hour training in basic mediation skills to an online platform, then coordinated and taught the training along with guest presenters and coaches. 2010-2019, Coordinated and taught the live 40-hour training an average of 4 times a year.  
  • 2019 Mediators Beyond Borders International, United Nations Multilateral Working Group, New York, New York, conducted Mediation Workshops at parallel events to the Commission on the Status of Women and again at the High Level Political Forum.
  • 2018 to present, University of Washington Consulting Alliance, Seattle, Washington. Design and conduct consultations for faculty and staff having difficulties in the workplace.  Consultations have included facilitated dialogues, conflict coaching, and facilitated team development meetings for teams struggling to move forward in positive way.
  • 2000 to present, United States Postal Service, Seattle, Washington. Have mediated hundreds of workplace disputes and continue to mediate EEO discrimination cases through the REDRESS program.
  • 2017 to present King County Interlocal Conflict Resolution Group. Help train youth in restorative justice and victim-offender mediations and consult as part of community panel on best practices.
  • 2015 to present, Sound Options, mediate disputes between parents of special education students and school districts under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), facilitate Individual Education Plan (IEP) meetings.
  • 2015 to present, Washington Department of Enterprise Services, Washington state.  Facilitation of public policy matters and mediation of disputes for a variety of departments.
  • 2015 Native American Tribe,  Washington state, training and mediation.
  • 2009 Seattle Listens, Seattle, Washington. Restorative circle process with Tibetans and Chinese living in the United States.
  • 2000 to present Seattle Peace Chorus, Seattle, Washington, singer and Board member (2014-2020), in a community chorus that has traveled to destinations such as Cuba, Venezuela and southwest U.S./Mexico border states, promoting peace, justice and harmony by presenting multicultural events. 


English written and spoken, some spoken German, some spoken French.


  • Oceania
  • Central Asia
  • East Asia
  • South Asia
  • Southeast Asia
  • West Asia
  • Europe
  • Central Africa
  • East Africa
  • North Africa
  • Southern Africa
  • West Africa
  • North America
  • South America