"When you do a thing, do it with all your might. Put your whole soul into it. Stamp it with your own personality. Be active, be energetic and faithful, and you will accomplish your object. Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Successful businesses are built by hard work, creativity, and good judgment. When the product of that effort is threatened, whether by internal dissension or by external challenges, litigation often results. Susan’s goal is to solve those problems through the legal system without letting the enterprise, and the people who make it successful, be harmed in the process.
For more than 30 years, Susan has advocated for her clients at the trial court level and on appeal. She has obtained favorable results in disputes over ownership and valuation of businesses, patents and other intellectual property, and a variety of other subject areas. She is admitted to practice in Oregon, Washington, California, and in numerous federal courts, including the Federal Circuit and the US Supreme Court.
Susan received her law degree from the University of California – Berkeley Law School (Boalt Hall) in 1977, and her undergraduate degree from Portland State University in 1974. After earning an Arabic Language Certificate at the Bourguiba Institute of Modern Languages in Tunis, Tunisia, she served as Associate Country Director for the Peace Corps in Yemen.
Susan’s professional expertise has been recognized by various organizations, including:
Susan has written reference resources for lawyers, including the Oregon State Bar’s Barbooks chapters on “Jurisdiction, Removal and Remand,” “Statutes of Limitations and Statutes of Repose," and "Special Writs: Writ of Review and Quo Warranto." She has given instructive presentations to lawyers on shareholder derivative actions, business valuation disputes, and various other litigation and appellate topics.
Susan is a director of the Lawyers Campaign for Equal Justice, which raises money to support legal aid services to indigent Oregonians, and she is a member of the amicus committee of the Oregon Association of Defense Counsel. She has served on the boards of the national Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and the Multnomah Bar Association. Susan served on the Local Rules Advisory Committee for the US District Court of Oregon for a decade and chaired the committee for three years.
The legal community has recognized Susan’s commitment to improving the legal profession and her service to the community with honors that include: