Dee Knapp

Visiting Professor


Dee Knapp is president and owner of Accord & Collaboration Dispute Resolution Services (ACDRS), a firm that provides workplace mediation, facilitation, conflict coaching and training. She has over twenty 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 mediation panels for the Interlocal Conflict Resolution Group of King County, the Dispute Resolution Center of Snohomish County, the Pierce County Center for Dispute Resolution, the EEO Commission, the Seattle Federal Executive Board ADR Consortium and the U.S. Postal Service REDRESS panel.

Ms. Knapp has over twenty-four years experience as an attorney. Prior to forming her current firm, Ms. Knapp spent 17 years with the Federal Aviation Administration specializing in environmental law, aviation enforcement, employment law and alternate dispute resolution. As lead employment law attorney, she successfully defended the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in a whistleblower case spanning 10 years involving thousands of documents and dozens of witnesses. She defended the FAA 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. 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. Because she has a wide variety of interests her background includes time as a criminal public defender early in her career.

Ms. Knapp is also an adjunct faculty member at Chapman University, Whidbey Island campus and the University of Phoenix, Western Washington campuses. She is a member of the Washington State Bar Association, the Washington Mediation Association, and the Association of Conflict Resolution.


Seattle University School of Law
Location: SLLH-140I
Phone: (206) 398.4462


  • B.A., University of Colorado; Phi Beta Kappa
  • J.D., University of Washington School of Law


  • Client Counseling and Negotiations