Debra Synovec

Seattle, Washington
Experience: 32 years
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About Debra Synovec

Debra Synovec, founder of Whole Mediation, Inc., provides skillful mediation services in Seattle, Washington. Whole Mediation offers clients a progressive, productive, and peaceful process to resolve family challenges and create a more balanced, empowering approach to conflict resolution. Debra ‘s mediation and divorce consulting practice primarily concentrates in: divorce, premarital and post-marital agreements, parenting plans, cohabitation and LGBT dissolutions, estate planning, estate administration and small business disputes.?? Debra combines her unique skills acquired as an attorney, CPA and social worker to pragmatically and compassionately help clients address the legal, financial and emotional issues that come up so that clients are able to reach optimum solutions taking into account their children’s needs, their needs, their financial situation, tax implications and legal consequences. Engaging, caring and resourceful, since 1988 Debra has dedicated her professional life to helping people resolve their divorce and family issues in a respectful, dignified manner by providing mediation services. Debra has achieved Advanced Practitioner Member of the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) and is a Founding Member as well as an Advanced Practitioner Member of the Academy of Professional Mediators. Debra is trained in Collaborative Divorce Practice in which she cultivates durable relationships with attorneys, financial specialists, parenting specialists and mental health professionals; she participates as a mediator in Collaborative Divorce Practice. If you are thinking about divorce at any time before or after your separation to the final written divorce settlement Debra can assist you whether your situation is relatively uncomplicated or complex, while significantly minimizing the cost and stress of divorce. Divorce is a problem to be solved not a battle to be won…it is a family problem, not a legal problem. Divorce mediation is

Practice Areas

  • Divorce
  • Elder Law
  • Family Law

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice

  • IllinoisSince 1990
  • MinnesotaSince 1986
  • WashingtonSince 2005

Professional Experience

  • Mediator Debra Synovec & Associates 1989 - Current Seattle Mediator providing mediation services including divorce mediation, post divorce mediation, estate plannning mediation, domestic partnership mediation, businesss mediation, real estate mediation
  • Mediator Erickson Mediation Institute 1988 - 1989 Mediator with nationally recognized mediation organization.
  • CFO Dain Corporation 1981 - 1987 Served as Controller and CFO for national real estate development and consulting organization.


  • William Mitchell College of Law J.D | Law 1983 - 1986
  • University of Minnesota - Twin Cities B.S | Accounting 1975 - 1978
  • Minnesota State College & University - St. Cloud State University B.A | Social Work 1971 - 1974

Professional Association

  • Academy of Professional Family Mediators #608858 Founding Member and Advanced Member 2012 - Current
  • ADR Section WSBA #608859 Chair 2008 - Current
  • Washington State Bar #608860 Member 2005 - Current
  • Association for Conflict Resolution #608861 Advanced practitioner Member 1990 - Current


  • Certified mediator
  • Advanced Practitioner Member Association for Conflict Resolution
  • Advanced Member Academy of Professional Family Mediators


1818 Westlake Avenue North, Suite #314
Seattle, WA 98109 USA

Telephone: (206) 568-5337

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