Robert B. Nettleton

Harlowe & Falk LLP

Seattle, Washington 98101


Child Custody, Child Support Modification, Commercial, Contract, Divorce, Divorce Modification and Enforcement, Elder, Family, Guardianship, Personal Injury, Probate, Real Estate, Trusts and Estates, Wills


Rob’s practice focuses on guardianship, probate, trust, and vulnerable adult proceedings, including litigation when appropriate. Rob also advises fiduciaries and beneficiaries on their rights and responsibilities.


• University of Puget Sound/Seattle University School of Law (J.D.)
• Gettysburg College (B.S. in History and Political Science)

Published Cases:

• In re the Irrevocable Trust of Michael A. McKean, 144 Wn. App. 333, 183 P.3d 317 (2008).
• Estate of Treadwell v. Wright, 115 Wn. App. 238, 61 P.3d 1214 (2003), review denied 150 Wn.2d 1008 (2003).

Affiliations, Publications, and Honors:

• American Bar Association
• Washington State Bar Association
• Tacoma–Pierce County Bar Association
• Past Chair of the WSBA Elder Law Section
• Past Chair of the TPCBA Guardianship Committee
• Past Vice–President of the TPCBA Family Law Section
• Elder Law Section Guardianship Task Force
• Ad hoc committee to draft statewide Vulnerable Adult Protection Order Proceeding forms, instructions, and court handbook
• Co-author of 2005 Edition of Title 11 RCW Guardian ad Litem Handbook
• Actively involved in the drafting and passage of guardianship and vulnerable adult related legislation
• Speaker at numerous professional seminars
• Designated a “Super Lawyer” in Elder Law by Seattle Met Magazine
• Sub-committee to draft statewide Guardianship forms

Mediation, as used in law, is a form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), a way of resolving disputes between two or more parties with concrete effects. Typically, a third party, the mediator, assists the parties to negotiate a settlement. Disputants may mediate disputes in a variety of domains, such as commercial, legal, diplomatic, workplace, community and family matters.

The term "mediation" broadly refers to any instance in which a third party helps others reach agreement. More specifically, mediation has a structure, timetable and dynamics that "ordinary" negotiation lacks. The process is private and confidential, possibly enforced by law. Participation is typically voluntary. The mediator acts as a neutral third party and facilitates rather than directs the process.

Mediators use various techniques to open, or improve, dialogue and empathy between disputants, aiming to help the parties reach an agreement. Much depends on the mediator's skill and training. As the practice gained popularity, training programs, certifications and licensing followed, producing trained, professional mediators committed to the discipline

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