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Susan Wilder Troppmann

Susan Wilder Troppmann

Practice areas:

Employment & Labor, Litigation

About Me

I have been practicing law in state and federal courts in Washington and Idaho for over 17 years. My practice emphasizes employment and commercial litigation, including discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, and wage claims.


In employment litigation, I represent both employers and employees. My goal is to provide cost-effective, personal and winning representation to individuals and businesses. I have successfully pursued and defended hundreds of claims for individual clients, private companies and public entities, including trials, hearings and arbitrations. I have handled dozens of contract disputes and negotiations, including non-compete and trade secret litigation, and employment severance ageements.


I have obtained favorable decisions in a number of significant cases from Washington appellate courts including Schryvers v. Coulee Community Hospital, 138 Wn. App. 648 (2007) (FLSA resident employee provisions applied in adult assisted living home); Chase v. Spokane Valley Fire Department, 139 Wn. App. 143 (2007) (pretermination procedures satisfied employee's due process rights to notice and an opportunity to be heard); Christensen v. Grant County Hospital Dist. No. 1, 152 Wn.2d 299 (2004) (administrative collateral estoppels applies to PERC hearings); Miguel v. Guess, 112 Wn. App. 536 (2002) (employee stated claim for sexual orientation discrimination under federal law but her discharge did not violate Washington public policy); Christiano v. Spokane County Health District,  93 Wn.2d 90 (1998) (limiting scope of employer’s duty to reasonably accommodate employee suffering from generalized anxiety disorder as a result of job stress); McLeod v. Northwest Alloys, Inc., 90 Wn. App. 30 (1998) (statute of limitations runs from date trade secret was disclosed).


I am a member of the Spokane County, Washington and Idaho Bar Associations, and the Washington State Association for Justice (WSJA). I am a past president of the Spokane County Bar Association (SCBA), a co-founder of the SCBA Diversity Section, and serve on the WSAJ Diversity Committee. I received my law degree with high honors from Gonzaga Law School; a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Denver; and graduated with honors from Bowdoin College.



Practice Areas

Licensed since 1992

  1. Litigation: 50%
  2. Employment & Labor: 50%



Hourly ($200-300/hour), Contingent (35-40%)

Attorney Endorsements

5 total 

  • Michael Bradley Love

    I endorse this lawyer. I have known Susan on a professional level since 1993. Susan is an excellent lawyer and advocate for her clients. Susan is very professional and polished in the courtroom. Susan also has an excellent knowledge of employment law. I am happy to endorse Susan to any individual or business.


    Michael Love Employment & Labor Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • William M. Symmes

    I endorse Susan's work. She is a zealous advocate who fights for her clients. Smart, prudent, and achieves result.


    William Symmes Employment & Labor Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact Info

Paukert & Troppmann PLLC

522 W Riverside Ave
Suite 560
Spokane, WA, 99201-0519


IDAuthorized to practice law199406/13/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PrincipalPaukert & Troppmann, PLLC2009 - Present
Principal and PresidentEtter, McMahon, Lamberson, Clary, Troppmann & Oreskovich1995 - 2009
AssociateChase, Hayes & Kalamon1992 - 1994

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Washington State Association for Justice, Diversity CommitteeCommittee Member2009 - 2010
Spokane County Bar Association, Diversity SectionCo-chair2006 - Present
Spokane County Bar AssociationPresident2004 - 2005
Spokane County Bar AssociationPresident-Elect2003 - 2004
Spokane County Bar AssociationTreasurer2002 - 2003
Spokane County Bar AssociationSecretary2001 - 2002
Spokane County Bar AssociationTrustee2000 - 2002
Washington State Association for JusticeMember1997 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Riley v. Spokane Radio, Inc.Judgment for plaintiff $305,000.
Schryvers v. Coulee Community HospitalAll claims against the hospital dismissed.
Christensen v. Grant County Hospital District No. 1All claims against hospital dismissed.

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Publication NameTitleDate
Public Utiltites ReportsCompetition in Electricity1990

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Gonzaga University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1992
University of DenverBusiness AdministrationMA - Masters1985

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Spokane County Bar Association CLEEmployment Law Update 20082008
Spokane County Bar Association CLEEmployment Law Update 20072007
Spokane County Bar Association CLEEmployment Law Update 20062006
Spokane County Bar Association CLEEmployment Law Update 20032003
Spokane County Bar Association CLEEmployment Law Update 20022002
Spokane County Bar Association CLEEmployment Law Update 20012001