Matrimonial, Litigation


Susan’s practice focuses on complex family law involving significant assets or complex financial issues. Susan began her practice in 1982 working in business law and commercial litigation at a leading large Seattle firm. Since 1998, Susan has focused her practice on complex family law in Seattle and King County. Whenever possible, Susan works to help clients avoid unnecessary conflict in divorce and other family law matters and focus on their long-term well-being. Susan is trained and experienced in collaborative law.

With a potent combination of both family and commercial law experience, Susan is skilled at representing high net worth individuals in divorce matters. Cases involving assets such as real estate, stock options, professional practices, ownership interests in varying legal entities, and ongoing management of closely held businesses often raise complex valuation and distribution issues. Susan is viewed by her clients and peers not only as an astute and knowledgeable attorney, but also as kind and creative.


Susan is a Seattle native. She and her husband, Doug, recently downsized to a condominium in Burien, where they were both raised. Despite living with two dogs and two cats, Susan and Doug have the freedom to travel and pursue their numerous athletic interests. Susan has competed in numerous triathlons and half marathons and has participated in yoga retreats in Greece and in northern Canada. They welcomed their first grandchild in February 2018.


  • Seattle University, J.D. cum laude
  • University of Washington, B.A.


  • Super Lawyers® list since 2015
  • AV Preeminent® rating, Martindale-Hubbell® Law Dictionary
  • Avvo “Superb” rating
  • International Academy of Collaborative Law Professionals
  • Collaborative Professionals of Washington
  • King County Collaborative Law, Secretary
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • King County Bar Association

Seminars and publications

  • Contributing Author and Editor, “Use of Professionals in Family Law Litigation,” Washington Family Law Desk Book 3rd edition (scheduled to be published 2021), as well as the 2012 Cumulative Supplement, (December 2011)
  • Contributing Author and Editor, Washington Practice, Family and Community Property Law, Supplement (2016)
  • Presenter, “Divorce Litigation, Start to Finish”, at the National Business Institute CLE (Seattle, 2011)
  • Presenter, “Dissolution Procedure Updates” at National Business Institute CLE, Current Events for Family Lawyers: Legislative and Case Law Update (June, 2010)
  • Presenter, “Conflicts of Interests” and “Moral Turpitude and Offensive Personalities” at Washington State Bar Association CLE, Family Law Ethics: Avoiding the Web of Ethical Pitfalls (September 2009)


  • International Academy of Collaborative Law Professionals, Member-Membership & Outreach Committee, Member-2020 Standards and Ethics Committee
  • WSBA, Practice Monitor
  • WSBA Adjunct Disciplinary Counsel
  • King County Collaborative Law, Member of Standards Committee and Section Secretary

She previously served on the WSBA Professionalism Committee, the Character and Fitness Board, Lawyers Trust for Client Security Board, the Rules of Professional Conduct Committee. She also served on the Gender Equality in Law Committee, and the Judicial Recommendation Committee of the KCBA.

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