Rebecca Crumrine Rieder (“Becca”) is a full-time mediator and arbitrator. As a former Superior Court Judge, civil litigator, family lawyer, and middle and high school teacher, she has decades of experience mediating and consulting to resolution.
Recognized by her peers and the legal community as one of the top-rated attorneys in Georgia, Becca is a past chair of the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia, a Fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers; and, prior to taking the bench, Law & Politics and Atlanta Magazine repeatedly recognized Becca as one of Georgia’s “Top 100 Lawyers” and “Top 50 Women Lawyers.”
As Becca explains her passion for alternative dispute resolution: “Alternative Dispute Resolution solves problems. People end up in the court system because of a crisis. Resolution to the crisis and direction to move forward is needed. But the law is not designed to solve problems. Mediation solves problems, creates solutions not able to be reached in court, and allows parties to build within their own space. Arbitration provides parties room to fully develop and explain their positions. It is an honor and privilege to assist parties in moving forward – from being stuck in a place that is not working – by being attentive and resolute and providing tools to resolve issues and provide relief.”
Prior to practicing law, Becca taught middle and high school at Davidson Fine Arts School in Augusta, Georgia. She received the system nomination for the Walt Disney/McDonald’s American Teacher Award and a PTA Academic Scholarship for Summer Study with the National Holocaust Museum. She continued her teaching career as an adjunct professor at Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School.
Becca received her undergraduate degree from Sewanee: The University of the South in 1991, her MEd from the University of Georgia in 1994, and her JD from the University of Georgia School of Law in 2001. Becca spent her formative years in Memphis, Tennessee and Augusta, Georgia.
Becca frequently authors materials and speaks on professional and legal matters throughout the state and the country, including prior speaking engagements with the Superior Court Judges Council and Continuing Legal Education Seminars sponsored by the State Bar of Georgia, as well appearing as a legal expert on Nancy Grace. Becca publishes often, including “Equitable Division of Property in Georgia: What’s Mine is Mine and What’s Ours is Mine Too,” published by The Law Review of Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School¸ Rebecca L. Crumrine & Rachel K. Miller, Vol. IV (2011).
Becca believes in giving back to her community both professionally and personally. Becca has extensive community involvement including volunteer leadership roles with several non-profit boards throughout metro Atlanta, including Oakland Cemetery, DeKalb Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, Neighbor in Need and Breakthru House Woman’s Advisory Board. Currently, Becca serves the Atlanta Bar Association; as Alumni Council Chair and as a member of the Board of Trustees of her alma mater, Sewanee; and, as a member of the Bascom Board in Highlands, North Carolina.
Becca resides in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband, Doug Rieder.