Liz Silvestrini

Adjunct Professor


Seattle University School of Law
901 12th Avenue, Sullivan Hall
P.O. Box 222000
Seattle, WA 98122-1090


JD, University of Utah, 2011
MA, Seattle University, 2018
BA, University of Michigan, 2006


Alternative Dispute Resolution
Client Counseling
Lawyer Mental Health and Well-Being


Liz is an attorney, mediator, and licensed mental health counselor associate. Liz practiced law at Parsons Behle & Latimer in Salt Lake City, and Betts, Patterson & Mines in Seattle before returning to graduate school to study existential philosophy and psychology. She earned a master's degree in clinical psychology from Seattle University and is building a supervised practice as a psychotherapist with Seattle Anxiety Specialists, PLLC. Liz helps her clients find meaning and relief from stress in demanding professional settings, career transition, and existential crisis.

Liz remains active in the legal and ADR community, serving as the Vice Chair of Programs for the KCBA ADR Section from 2015-2018, providing more than 250 hours of pro bono legal service to the KCBA family law mentor program, and volunteering for the King County District court small claims court mediation program. She graduated from the King County Dispute Resolution Center practicum and has more than 80 hours of public, professional, and non-profit mediation experience.


Mediation Ethics: Application in Real Time
     Ethics CLE Training to King County Bar Association ADR Section (December 2017)

Apology, Courage and Stamina: Embodied Conversation and the Ethical Dimension of Self-Care
     Presentation at Fifteenth Annual Psychology for the Other Conference (October 2017)

Privilege and Historically-Effected Consciousness: A Phenomenological Description of Dialogue
     Presentation at Seattle University and Duquesne University Student Symposium (April 2017)

Examining Lawyer-Mediator Ethics Opinions in Washington and Other States
     Ethics CLE Training to the King County Bar Association ADR Section (December 2016)

Links Every Washington Lawyer Should Add to a Favorites Toolbar
     Publication in NW Sidebar Blog (Voted #1 Blog Post of 2014); (May 2014)

Discoverability and Admissibility of Immigration Status
     Co-publication with Charles Thronson in Utah Trial Journal (Summer/Fall 2010)