Dee Knapp is founder and president of Accord & Collaboration Dispute Resolution Services (ACDRS), a firm that provides workplace mediation, facilitation, conflict coaching and training. She has over twenty five years of experience as both a litigating employment attorney and a conflict resolution expert.
In addition to serving her public and private clients, Ms. Knapp serves on the following mediation panels: U.S. District Court of Western Washington (Rule 39.1), Interlocal Conflict Resolution Group of King County, Seattle Federal Executive Board ADR Consortium, EEO Commission, Department of Commerce Foreclosure Mediation, Dispute Resolution Center of King County, Sound Options Special Education Mediation and U.S. Postal Service REDRESS.
Prior to forming her current firm, Ms. Knapp served for 17 years as a general attorney for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) specializing in environmental law, aviation enforcement, employment law and alternate dispute resolution. As lead attorney, she successfully defended the FAA in a whistleblower case spanning 10 years involving thousands of documents and dozens of witnesses. She defended the agency in countless other cases, many of which were tried before the EEOC, MSPB and in Federal District Court for the District of Washington and others which were resolved in either settlement negotiations or mediation. Her advice to managers often helped agency managers avoid the necessity for later legal involvement. She resolved dozens of cases as a mediation advocate in mediation and served as a mediator in a neutrals sharing program for other federal agencies. Ms. Knapp has experience on both sides of employment law having spent time as a plaintiff's lawyer in private practice prior to joining the federal government. She also served as a public defender for the Society of Counsel Representing Accused Persons (SCRAP).
Ms. Knapp is a member of the Washington State Bar Association, the Washington Mediation Association, and the Association of Conflict Resolution.