Susan Carroll’s practice focuses on family law, including dissolutions, prenuptial agreements, property settlements, child custody, paternity, adoptions, and child support. She assists clients by acting as their representative in negotiations or at court if needed, as a collaborative attorney in cases where the parties have agreed not to rely on the courts, or as mediator.
Susan Carroll was educated at Purdue University, where she triple-majored in English Literature, Professional Writing, and Creative Writing. She worked in the arts and for independent bookstores until transitioning into the computer industry where she worked on banking, securities trading, and utility/industry grid software. This mixed background in arts and technology led Susan to law school where she pursued family law studies as an avenue to use her analytic skills to help people.
On a personal note…
In her free time, Susan spends time with family and pony-sized dogs. She led the University Book Store- Bellevue reading group for ten years and still can’t be found without a book on her. She rides motorcycles, sails sailboats, hikes, and enjoys experimenting in the kitchen, sometimes even with success.
Purdue University, B.A. with honors, triple-major in English Literature, Professional Writing, Creative Writing, 1992
University of Washington, J.D., 2005
Susan received her J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law and began practicing family law as an intern even before her graduation. While in law school, she was also employed by the Office of Disciplinary Counsel at the Washington State Bar Association as the administrative assistant for the Ethics 2003 Special Committee, as well as interning for a quarter with Justice Mary E. Fairhurst of the Washington State Supreme Court.
Specialized training in Collaborative Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution
Susan Carroll is specially trained in Collaborative Law and is certified in mediation by the University of Washington Professional Mediation Training Program.
Other Web Resources
Volunteers skills to organizations working towards improving family law
Susan volunteers with the King County Bar Association as a family law mentor and is the liaison between the KCBA Family Law Section and the Unified Family Court Training Oversight Committee. She has previously chaired the KCBA Family Law Section Local Rules Committee and still serves as member on both the Local Rules Committee and the Legislation Committee. She has previously volunteered for the King County Dependency CASA program as a volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for foster children and was the 2010 volunteer of the year for the KCBA Kinship Care program assisting with third party custody cases.
Washington State Bar Association
American Bar Association
American Bar Association: Family Law Section
Washington Bar Association: Family Law Section
King County Bar Association
King County Bar Association: Family Law Section
King County Bar Association: Collaborative Law Section
King County Bar Association: Solo and Small Practice Section
International Association of Collaborative Professionals
“Caught Between a Rock and a Soft Place: Regulating Legal Ethics to Police Corporate Governance in the United States and Hong Kong,” Pacific Rim Law and Policy Journal, Vol. 14, Book 1 (Fall 2004).
SuperLawyers, “Rising Star”, 2010, 2011, 2012
Co-chair for WSBA CLE “Discovery in Family Law”, 2008
Co-chair for the WSBA CLE “Mediation/Arbitration Bootcamp”, 2010
Liaison between KCBA Family Law Section and the Unified Family Court Training Oversight Committee, 2006 – present
Chair of the KCBA Family Law Local Rules Committee, 2006-2007
Secretary of the KCBA Family Law Section, 2011-2012
Vice Chair of the KCBA Family Law Section, 2012-2013
Title 26 Guardian ad Litem for King County Superior Court
Honors and Awards
SuperLawyers “Rising Star”, 2010, 2011, 2012
KCBA Kinship Care Program, Volunteer of the Year, 2010
Executive Comments Editor, Pacific Rim Law and Policy Journal, 2004-2005; Editorial Staff, 2003-2004
CALI Excellence for the Future Award, Law B510: Problems in Professional Responsibility, Winter 2005
Mediation Certification, Professional Mediation Skills Training Program, University of Washington
Collaborative Law Certification, Washington Collaborative Law