About Rachel


Rachel Felbeck

Rachel Felbeck has been practicing family law since 1995 and is the founder of the Collaborative Divorce movement in Washington State. Rachel has also been a leader in helping to reduce the cost and complexity of the divorce process for families who are not adversarial.

During my career, I directly witnessed the trauma families would experience when participating in a litigated divorce. As a result, I developed a strong interest in several forms of dispute resolution, all of which are designed to help families solve their divorce issues without having to go to Court. This allows separating couples to be more involved in the solutions to their disputes, save time and money and move forward in a post-divorce situation with security and stability.


Washington State Bar Association

Section Member of Family Law; Small and Solo Practice and Alternative Dispute Resolution Sections (current)

King County Bar Association

Section Member of Collaborative Law and Family Law (current)

Collaborative Professionals of Washington

Founding Board Member (2007)

King County Collaborative Law

Member (2003-present)

Founding Board Member (2003-2009, 2018-2021)

President (2003-2006)

Secretary (2019-2020)

Family Law Executive Committee Member

Washington State Bar Association (this 3-year committee position is by election, statewide within the Washington State Bar Association) (2005 – 2008)


1995 to the Washington State Bar
1995 to the United States District Court; Western State of Washington

Law School

1994 Seattle University (graduated cum laude)


1983 University of Delaware, B.A. in Political Science and History;

Speaking Engagements

Seattle, WA • Feb 2012

Co-Trainer “Introduction to Collaborative Law” (2 day training)

San Francisco, CA • Oct 2011

Co-Presenter “Advocacy in the Collaborative Law Model” IACP Annual Meeting

Gig Harbor, WA • Nov 2011

Co-Trainer “How Collaborative Law is Growing and Changing”

Washington D.C. • Oct 2010

Co-Presenter “Advocacy in Collaborative Law”, IACP Annual Conference

San Francisco, CA • Oct 2011

Co-Presenter “Special Needs Children and Collaborative Law” IACP Annual Meeting

Seattle, WA • Oct 2010

Co-Trainer “Introduction to Collaborative Law” (2 day basic training)


Fall 2009

Editor, Chapters 56 and 57, Washington State Bar Family Law Deskbook

Jan 2008

Co-author, "Collaborative Family Law and Ethics in Washington"

April 2009

Quoted in “Harmonic Divergence: A Win-Win Way to Divorce” by Karen West, Seattle Woman Magazine, April 2009. (http://www.seattlewomanmagazine.com/articles/april09-2.htm)

Spring 2007

"Collaborative Law: The Evolution of a Revolution", Published in Family Law Section Quarterly Newsletter

Sept 2008

Co-author, Amicus Brief on behalf of Washington State Bar Association, Family Law Executive Committee, Tresler v. Treadwell

Fall 2006

Editor, Chapter 56, Washington State Bar Family Law Deskbook

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