Hollie Del Vecchio
Hollie Del Vecchio

We assist public and private parties in resolving land use, real property, employment and agriculture disputes in a manner that fosters trust, respect and understanding.

What to Expect

Hollie Del Vecchio is now offering dispute resolution services—including mediation and conflict coaching—within her practice areas of land use, real property, employment and agriculture. Our dispute resolution services can be conducted virtually (using our secure client portal) or in-person (within western Washington). We will slowly be adding details to our website and blog, but feel free to submit a services request form if you would like someone to follow up with you to answer any questions.

About Mediation

My best explanation I’ve heard to date is that mediation represents the “insertion of a human buffer” (that’s the mediator) between people who need assistance interacting with each other. The end goal is to reach some form of resolution, but there can still be benefits to simply going through the process.

A few key features to mediation are:

  1. it is entirely voluntary (even if mediation has been court-mandated, no one can force you to reach an agreement);
  2. the parties determine the outcome (as opposed to litigation or arbitration, where a judge or arbitrator makes the decision for you);
  3. it can lead to a binding and written agreement (and one that is less likely to fail since the parties participated in the resolution);
  4. it is less costly than going through the courts (less costly in terms of time, resources and energy); and
  5. it is confidential (if the dispute does not get resolved, nothing shared during mediation can be repeated in court).

About Hollie

Welcome to my law firm! I am a second career attorney who brings a variety of background, experience and passion as I help farming, food and forestry clients plan for the future and problem solve. I am a part time attorney, part time Christmas tree farmer and forest landowner–in addition to being a wife, mother and daughter. I wear many hats, but they all support each other in their own unique way, and–most importantly–they make me who I am.

I earned my law degree in 2011 from Lewis & Clark Law School, where I emphasized in agricultural and natural resources law. Ten years prior to that, I earned a Ph.D. in Urban Studies and Planning from Portland State University and taught urban and land use planning to undergraduate and graduate students at Cal Poly Pomona in southern California. I also hold a B.A. in Planning and Environmental Policy from Western Washington University’s Huxley College in Bellingham, Washington, and an associate’s degree from Shoreline Community College in Seattle, Washington.

I am now excited to be merging my past education and experience to provide mediation services in the areas of land use, real property and agriculture. I have completed 35 hours of basic mediation training through the Northwest Mediation Center and am working toward earning my Professional Mediation Certificate from Cornell University. I continue to provide pro bono legal services through Skagit Legal Aid, and am proud to be on the Board for Skagitonians to Protect Farmland.

As the result of a challenging COVID-19 “season”, I am now working from home a few days a week and making the absolute best use of technology to support myself and my clients. I recognize that technology is simply a tool, though, and that it simply doesn’t work for everyone. At the end of the day, my focus is on creating relationships and building trust. I am a mother, a wife, a daughter, a business owner, a neighbor, a volunteer, and a friend. I am human, and I am not perfect. And I don’t expect you to be either. I will not judge, and I will not try and fit you into a box. I sincerely look forward to working with you.

My past (relevant) accomplishments, in brief form:

  • Professional Mediation Certificate from Cornell University (TBD April 2022)
  • 35 hours of Basic Mediation Training with Northwest Mediation Center (2022)
  • Graduate, WSU Extension Forest Stewardship Coached Planning Program (2021)
  • Pro Bono Service Award, Skagit Volunteer Lawyer Program (2019)
  • Commissioner (District 3), Skagit County Planning Commission (2016-2019)
  • Admitted to Washington State Bar Association (2015, License No. 48993)
  • Admitted to State of Montana Bar Association (2011, License No. 11922)
  • Jim Fell Memorial Scholarship for Energy Law (2010-11)
  • Lewis & Clark Law School Pro Bono Certificate of Merit (2008-09)
  • Early Tenure & Promotion with California State University (2006)