Susan has over 30 years of experience resolving complex business problems for clients, both in and out of the courtroom. She is a trusted advisor to businesses and individuals on strategic entity governance and restructuring issues, to meet specific company growth needs, or to confront serious challenges caused by distress situations. She specializes in Chapter 11 reorganizations, liquidations, and receiverships. Susan has represented all types of parties involved in restructuring situations, receiverships, Chapter 11 reorganizations, and liquidations, including debtors, creditors' committees, secured lenders, unsecured creditors, trustees and receivers, and asset purchasers. Susan is an experienced trial lawyer, representing parties in business and commercial litigation cases, regulatory-related actions, and in bankruptcy litigation. She practices primarily in Oregon and Washington, but also appears in jurisdictions outside the Pacific Northwest.
Susan is a partner in the firm's Business Restructuring and Bankruptcy Group, which was named a 2016 Tier One Law Firm by "Best Law Firms" U.S. News & World Report & Best Lawyers®, as well as in the firm's litigation department. She also serves on the firm's management committee. She has been individually named to Oregon's Top 50 Super Lawyers and Oregon's Top 25 Women Super Lawyers Lists. She has also been selected for inclusion by Best Lawyers in America in the practice area of Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law.
Susan has devoted substantial time to professional and pro bono organizations throughout her career. She currently serves as President of the Northwest Chapter of the Turnaround Management Association, covering Oregon, Washington, British Columbia and Alberta. She is also a past Chair and board member of the Executive Committee of the Oregon State Bar Debtor-Creditor Section. She is a frequent speaker and moderator at continuing legal education programs, and volunteers her legal services to the Oregon Legal Aid Bankruptcy Clinic. Susan has also volunteered as an Attorney-Coach for Jesuit High School's Mock Trial Program, including the team that won the Oregon State championship in 2012.