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I am an Assistant Federal Public Defender for the District of Oregon, working in the Portland office. In this capacity, I represent indigent persons at all stages of proceedings in federal court. 


Languages spoken: English, Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Appeals: 50%
    13 years
  2. Criminal Defense: 50%
    17 years

Attorney endorsements

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  • Lila Jane Silverstein

    Susan is an exceptional criminal defense lawyer. Her written and oral advocay skills are unparalleled, and she cares deeply about her clients. She has extensive experience as both a trial lawyer and appellate attorney, and appears in both state and federal court. If a friend or family member were in trouble, Susan is the first person I would call.


    Lila Silverstein Appeals Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

  • Kimberly Gordon

    Susan is bold, incredibly smart, and thoughtful about her cases. I have seen her work at both the trial and the appellate level. She has the respect of her colleagues, the opposition and the judiciary. The respect is well-deserved and any client represented by her would be in very good hands.


    Kimberly Gordon Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Federal Public Defender - District of Oregon

101 SW Main St.
Suite 1700
Portland, OR, 97204


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Certificate of AppreciationWashington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers2010
Certificate of AppreciationWashington State Office of Public Defense2007
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Assistant Federal Public DefenderFederal Public Defender, District of Oregon2015 - Present
Senior Staff AttorneyWashington Appellate Project2002 - Present
AssociateLaw Office of Michael Iaria, PLLC2013 - 2014
Senior Litigation AssociateMcAllister Olivarius2009 - 2010
Senior Staff AttorneyWashington Appellate Project2002 - 2009
Staff AttorneyThe Defender Association1999 - 2002
Staff AttorneyThe Society of Counsel Representing Accused Persons1998 - 1999
Association namePosition nameDuration
King County Bar AssociationAttorney Member2013 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationAffiliate Member1998 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. Everybodytalksabout, 161 Wn.2d 702, 166 P.3d 693 (2007)First degree murder conviction reversed
State v. Perez-Mejia, 134 Wn. App. 907, 143 P.3d 838 (2006)First-degree murder conviction reversed
State v. Morse, 156 Wn.2d 1, 129 P.3d 832 (2005)Conviction reversed and dismissed.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Parents’ Representation Deskbook, Washington State Juvenile Non-Offender Benchbook, Washington State Office of Public DefenseReasonable Efforts2004
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Washington School of LawN/AJuris Doctor1998
Oberlin CollegeEnglishBA - Bachelor of Arts1993
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
WDA's Investigations Training: Challenging Identification ProceduresEyewitness Identification -- Investigation Strategies2014
WDA Annual ConferenceEyewitness Identifications: Litigation Strategies2014
WACDL: Essentials for Support StaffEthics for Legal Support Staff2014
Washington Defender Association Annual ConferenceEffective Representation of Juvenile Clients from Appointment to Appeal2009
Suppressing Evidence: Delivering the Knockout PunchSearch and Seizure2008
Office of Public Defense Parents Representation ProjectCaselaw Update2007