About Susan Shulenberger
Susan Shulenberger has been practicing law in Washington State since 1982. Since 1998, she has focused her practice on complex family law in Seattle and King County. Before then, she built a solid foundation of experience practicing commercial law with leading Seattle law firms.
With this potent combination of both family and commercial law experience, Susan is highly skilled at representing high net worth individuals in their family law matters. Cases involving considerable assets such as real estate, stock options, professional practices or closely held businesses can often raise complex valuation and distribution issues. Susan has successfully represented clients with more than $1 billion in assets at issue.
Susan is viewed by her clients and peers not only as an astute and formidable family law attorney, but as an exceptional communicator. Communication is the hallmark of Susan's success with her clients.
"It’s not just a case to me. It is someone's life, livelihood, and family. I always listen to my clients and try to understand their perspective so I can develop a strategy tailored to achieve the legal outcomes that they desire."
Susan is also trained in alternative dispute resolution procedures, including mediation and arbitration. Susan believes in mediating disputes whenever possible and litigating whenever necessary.
"To help my clients get through challenging times, I try to maximize results and minimize stress. No matter what our strategy is, whether we are negotiating or going to court, I make myself completely accessible and make sure each client gets personal attention so they feel secure during the process," Susan says.
"I appreciated Susan's patience in letting me present my perspectives on different aspects of my case, instead of automatically pursuing some standard path in order to just be done with the case and collect her fees. She was exactly the opposite. Her judgment, counsel, and expert handling of every aspect of this matter could not have been better." —Former Client R.M., Seattle, WA
Susan is a leader within the legal community, where she is involved in issues of ethics in the practice of law. Susan is the past chair of the Washington State Bar Association's Lawyers' Fund for Client Protection Board, which is a fund that serves to compensate people for losses due to attorney negligence. She is a past chair for the WSBA Character and Fitness Board, a group that recommends character qualifications for attorneys in Washington State. Susan also worked as disciplinary counsel for the WSBA, where she argued before the Washington State Supreme Court as well as the Disciplinary Board of the bar association.