Carroll Law Group, PLLC, originally opened in 2005 as the Law Offices of Susan Carroll, PLLC.  Over the years our practice has grown, always focusing on family law and other areas of law that touch the most personal aspects of our clients’ lives. We help clients address legal issues regarding the most important things in their lives: their family, their money, and their jobs.  Most of our work is in family law—divorces, child custody, property division, domestic violence protection orders, adoption, and third-party custody. We also help and advise on estate planning, tax, and employment issues.

You can start working with us no matter where you are in the legal process—we assist clients with everything from simply exploring their options in advance of making decisions; with mediations, arbitrations, negotiations, and collaborations; with contested court hearings, trials, and appeals; and with administrative hearings and interacting with government agencies on your behalf.

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Susan Carroll

Founder, Carroll Law Group, PLLC


Focus Areas Include:

  • Family Law, including dissolutions, prenuptial agreements, property settlements, child custody, parenting plans, paternity, adoptions, and child support.

When you need to resolve family law issues, Susan Carroll can provide legal advice and stand by your side throughout the process as your legal advocate and representative. She assists clients by acting as their representative in negotiations with other parties outside of court or before a judge if needed. She also helps clients represent themselves or can act as a collaborative attorney in cases where the parties have agreed not to rely on the courts.

Susan graduated from the University of Washington School of Law where she was Executive Comments Editor for the Pacific Rim Law & Policy Journal, extern for Washington Supreme Court Justice Mary E. Fairhurst, and the administrative assistant for the Washington State Bar Association's Ethics 2003 Special Committee. She is a previous chair of the KCBA Family Law Section, was twice selected as the KCBA Volunteer of the Year for her family law advocacy and mentorship,  and was selected by her peers as a Superlawyers© Rising Star for five years.

Prior to law school, she worked in the arts, for independent bookstores, and in the computer industry working with complex data structures in banking, securities trading, and utility/industry grid software.  Susan earned her undergraduate degree from Purdue University; she graduated with honors and a triple-major in English Literature, Professional Writing, and Creative Writing. A desire to use her analytic skills help people in crisis led Susan to law school where she pursued family law studies.

In her free time, Susan enjoys spending time with her family; she loves reading, writing, cooking, and getting as far out into the wilderness as possible. Susan led the University Bookstore-Bellevue reading group for over ten years and always keeps a good book close at hand.


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Amy Phillips

Attorney


Focus Areas Include:

  • Family Law actions, including adoptions, prenuptial agreements, cohabitation agreements, dissolutions, child custody, modifications, child support, and domestic violence protective orders. She also represents parents and children in dependency proceedings.

  • Estate Planning, including wills, trusts, healthcare power of attorney, and more.

  • Tax Law, responding to letters from the IRS, past tax settlements, and audits.

  • Employment Law, including wrongful termination, severance negotiation, review of non-compete or complex employment agreements.

Amy enjoys putting her diverse background to work for clients. She feels strongly that her legal expertise, her experience with financial matters, and knowledge of tax regulations make her uniquely suited to find the best solution to complex legal and financial challenges many families face.  She is passionate about finding the best solution for each client.  While collaborative outcomes can be best when possible, having begun her legal career representing companies at a big NYC corporate firm, Amy has the trial experience to handle cases that cannot be resolved amicably.  Amy understands how impersonal the law can seem in matters with deep personal impact and strives to ensure her clients are informed of both the process of the law as well as how various legal outcomes may impact them financially.

Amy represents clients in family law actions including adoptions, prenuptial agreements, cohabitation agreements, dissolutions, child custody, modifications, child support and domestic violence protective orders.  She also has experience representing parents and children in dependency proceedings.  Amy helps families prepare for the future through estate planning with special emphasis on the intersection with tax law.  She also represents employees who have been wrongfully terminated or who need to negotiate severance, non-compete or employment agreements. 

Amy is an adoptive mother of 6 kids and has been a foster parent to many more.  She enjoys a close relationship with the biological parents of many of the children she has parented over the years.  These personal relationships and experiences give her a unique perspective into diverse family dynamics and the impact on children when the adults in their world disagree.


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Betsy A. Crumb

Attorney


Focus Areas Include:

  • Family Law, with a primary focus on working with domestic violence victims.

  • Appellate Work, filing appeals to unfavorable or disputed judgments and defending when the other side appeals.

Betsy is a compassionate and skilled advocate who works hard to resolve her clients’ conflicts in the most efficient manner possible.  She understands that going through a family law dispute is often the worst time in anyone’s life and she strives to always keep their priorities in mind while also advocating their best interests and their family’s.  

Betsy graduated from Vermont Law School where she was a member of the VLS Moot Court team and awarded best oralist for her legal argument skills. She worked as a judicial extern for the Honorable Ronald B. Leighton in Federal District Court in Tacoma and has won awards for her dedication to promoting the interests and progress of women’s legal rights. She is the incoming chair of the King County Family Law Section, co-chair of the LGBT Washington State Bar Section, co-chair of the Judicial Affairs Committee of the Washington Women Lawyers, and a volunteer CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) for children in contested family law cases. Betsy has been selected by her peers as a Superlawyers© Rising Star.

An East Coaster by birth, as soon as Betsy experienced the mountains of the west coast, she knew she’d found her true home. Betsy spends her free time running marathons, hiking, biking, and exploring all the Pacific Northwest has to offer.


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Hilary Harty

Legal Assistant


Hilary assists clients and attorneys at Carroll Law Group, PLLC. She helps prospective clients learn more about the practice, spearheads various administrative responsibilities, and keeps the office running smoothly. Hilary is the go-to person to schedule appointments, make payments, and discuss billing issues. Before joining the Carroll Law Group, PLLC in April 2017, Hilary worked in San Antonio, Texas as a Viennoiserie baker and a freelance journalist.