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Susan has a background in employment law and general civil litigation, and continues to represent clients in these areas.

Originally from Kettle Falls, Washington, Susan graduated from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in History, with a Minor in Mandarin Chinese. During college, Susan spent a year abroad studying Mandarin Chinese in Tai Zhong, Tai Wan and Bei Jing, China.

Susan attended law school at Case Western Reserve School of Law in Cleveland, Ohio, where she earned a concentration in Patent, Software, Copyright and Technology law. During law school Susan clerked for Judge K.J. Montgomery in Cleveland, Ohio for two years.  Susan is admitted to practice in the State and Federal courts of Washington and the State courts of Oregon.



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Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 40%
    12 years, 15 cases
  2. Employment: 35%
    10 years, 6 cases
  3. Civil Rights: 25%
    8 years, 3 cases


Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

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  • Milton G. Rowland

    Susan is a passionate, dedicated lawyer committed to her clients and is a formidable adversary, while remaining collegial. I recommend Susan Nelson for any and all representation.


    Milton Rowland Real Estate Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

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    Susan is a sharp, intelligent, knowledgeable and conscientious lawyer. I have and will continue to refer cases to her with absolutely no reservation.


    Dianne Rudman Probate Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Dunn & Black, P.S.

N. 111 Post St.
Ste 300
Spokane, WA, 99201-0705


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Spokane's Top LawyersSpokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine2015
Clients' Choice AwardAVVO2015
Top Women Attorneys in WashingtonSeattle Metropolitan Magazine2014
Spokane's Top LawyersSpokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine2014
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2014
Spokane's Top LawyersSpokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine2013
Top Women Attorneys in WashingtonSeattle Metropolitan Magazine2013
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2013
Spokane's Top LawyersSpokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine2012
Spokane's Top LawyersSpokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine2011
Certificate of Concentration in Law, Technology & the ArtsCase Western Reserve University School of Law2004
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PrincipalDunn & Black, P.S.2015 - Present
AttorneyDunn & Black, P.S.2008 - Present
AttorneyBailey Pinney & Associates2006 - 2008
DATG AttorneyPreston Gates & Ellis2005 - 2006
Law ClerkShaker Heights Municipal Court2003 - 2004
Marketing AnalystNational Car Rental1999 - 2001
N/AMicrosoft1997 - 1999
Association namePosition nameDuration
U.S. Supreme CourtN/A2012 - Present
WSBA, Labor and Employment Law SectionN/A2011 - Present
WSBA, Civil Rights Law SectionN/A2011 - Present
WSBA, Intellectual Property SectionN/A2011 - Present
Washington State Bar Association, Litigation SectionN/A2011 - Present
Washington Women Lawyers (Spokane County chapter)N/A2010 - Present
Spokane County Bar AssociationN/A2008 - Present
Oregon State BarN/A2007 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationN/A2004 - Present
U.S. District Court of Eastern WashingtonN/AN/A
U.S. District Court of Western WashingtonN/AN/A
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth CircuitN/AN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Burchfiel, et ux v. The Boeing Corp., et. al.Appellate Court re-instated jury verdict.
ING Fertility, et. al. v. Wisconsin Pharmacal, et. alConfidential Settlement
Nosey Parker, LLC v. Purple TurtleComplaint was successfully dismissed
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Publication nameTitleDate
Sterling Educational Services (SES)Sexual, Racial, and Other Harassment and Discrimination2015
The Seminar GroupSocial Network Issues2011
Sterling Education Services, Inc.Employee Privacy in the Workplace2009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Case Western Reserve University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2004
Whitman CollegeHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1993
Beijing Foreign Studies UniversityMandarin ChineseCertificate1992
University of Massachusetts, AmherstChineseSummer Study Program in Tai Zhong1991
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Employment Law: Beyond the BasicsSexual, Racial, and Other Harassment and Discrimination2015
Hiring and Terminating: The Ins and Outs of Employment LawBackground Checks & Hiring Decisions2014
LuncheonMillion Dollar Verdicts2012
3nd Annual Labor & Employment LawSocial Network Issues2012
2nd Annual Labor & Employment LawSocial Network Issues2011
Fundamentals of Employment LawEmployee Privacy in the Workplace2009