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Susan S. Kennedy

Divorce and separation Attorney at Bellevue, WA

4.9   8 reviews

Licensed for 14 years

About Susan

Learn Susan’s areas of practice.

 

Susan has lived on the Eastside since 2004 and takes full advantage of everything Northwest.  She is intimately familiar with the tech industry particularly considering the fact that her electrical engineer husband sold his company to Broadcom in 2000. 

 

As a member of the legendary Stoops family out of Youngstown, Ohio, competitiveness and perfectionism is in her DNA. This carries over to her advocacy for her clients in and out of the courtroom.

 

Susan has a diverse set of legal skills that have been refined over the years working as a family law attorney and Guardian Ad Litem.

 

In court, she can quickly process complex circumstances, analyze arguments, and provide counter arguments with a clarity that typically influences the court to her client’s benefit.  Based upon Susan’s legal training and experience, there is no case too complex for her to undertake.

 

Susan takes a pragmatic approach, which permits clients to have enough information to make good decisions for their future.  Her top priorities are listening to her clients, providing them sound advice and then following through with the legal work necessary to achieve their goals.  “My clients will always know my analysis of where they stand in a case, so they can make good decisions for themselves,” says Susan.  Susan never backs down from a fight when she feels her client’s interests are not being addressed.  She cares deeply about providing excellent legal work to her clients who are often overwhelmed.

 

As a former Guardian ad Litem, Susan spent many years advocating for the best interests of children in the Superior Court of Washington.

 

Susan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with honors from the University of Washington and a Juris Doctor from Seattle University School of Law.

 

As mentioned above, in her free time Susan loves outdoor adventure, spending time with family (including two grown sons and hopefully grandchildren someday) and her Siberian Husky.  During late Spring to late Fall she’s often getting some waterskiing in on Lake Sammamish departing directly from her dock.   As an excellent downhill skier, in the winter she enjoys skiing at Crystal Mountain.

 

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Licensed for 14 years
State WA
Status Active
Acquired 2008
Updated 11/25/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Susan S. Kennedy
1201 Pacific Ave. Ste. 1503
Tacoma, WA, 98402
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Posted by anonymous | January 22, 2022
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Fantastic Attorney
Susan was a source of guidance and strength while I went though a lengthy and emotional custody ordeal. She kept me very informed as well as provided realistic expectations for me throughout the whole process. Custody issues with a difficult co-parent at times felt endless and hopeless. Susan fought and made sure to cover every single detail at the same time keep me assured and calm throughout the entire time. Highly recommend Susan and her paralegal Donna.
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Posted by Josh | November 12, 2019
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Susan is THE best divorce lawyer in the area
I hired Susan Kennedy in a high conflict and lengthy Divorce case. I have sought advice and hired attorneys prior to deal with ongoing issues in my Divorce. Susan exceeded my expectation and coached right from get go. Susan is very thoughtful, thorough and understand client's perspective. She is compassionate but firm. During court hearing, I saw her present facts to ensure I was represented well in those court hearing. I can't be happier. I would hire Susan in a blink when needed in future.
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Posted by Luis | August 29, 2018
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Saved by Susan
Early this year, I left for work and upon my return my family was GONE. My significant other took our 5 yr old autistic son to her birth state of WA, over 3000 miles from our home in FL. A home we shared with my mother. I secured an attorney in FL and we filed a Motion of Paternity and an Emergency Motion for Pickup Order for my son, which would have brought my son back home. A few days after his mother received the order, she filed a Domestic Violence Protection Order against my mother and I in WA, providing her with temporary custody of our son. These DVPOs not only represented serious long term issues for my mother and I as to any future contact with my son, but they also frustrated the FL court as it pertained to the EMPO I had filed earlier. So, I began my search for counsel in WA for both my mother and I. Using the web and having knowledge of the Seattle area, I felt confident navigating for potential legal candidates. The first time I spoke with Susan I was taken aback at how calm and self assured she made me feel. It was such a great conversation that I ended my search there. My mother also loved what she was hearing, and we hired Susan and provided a retainer. My mother and I are realists, and we entered into this agreement knowing that having a good attorney did not guarantee a win for our DVPO cases. Susan and her paralegal, Donna, worked with my mother and I over the next weeks preparing for our cases in WA. I gave permission for both Susan and my FL attorney to confer with each other as I still have cases in FL that would be affected by the WA cases. Hearing day came, my mother and I were obligated to appear so we flew to WA. Susan had explained to us for the final time what her strategy for the hearings would be. In the end, both my mother and I were vindicated with denials on both DVPOs, not just dismissals. Since he was taken and until the day of the hearing, I had not had any communications with my son. But starting that afternoon after the hearing Susan secured for me weekly face time with my son. That same day my son's mother served me with Motion of Paternity in WA. Her MP directly conflicted with mine which forced a UCCJEA, Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Act, hearing. For me, it meant two hearings conducted in their respective states over a conference call. Susan represented me on the WA side of this hearing. We won that one as well. FL was determined to have jurisdiction for future cases involving my son and custody. Why should you retain Susan Kennedy and her team??? Ignore her years of employment in the field. Ignore her time as a "Guardian ad Litem", an attorney for the young victims of divorce or separation when neither of parents/guardians are acting in the best interests on their young victims. The former alone should be enough to seriously consider Susan Kennedy. But the following are the reasons why you should want Susan to help you during your difficult time: 1. Although she doesn't waste words, she does make a strong effort to explain everything. 2. She helps you manage your expectations. 3. If you have questions or concerns, she is great about replying in a reasonable amount of time. This has been a major calming factor for me specifically. 4. Susan and Donna made it easy when it came to sharing information and signing documents. If you are cpu savy you will benefit from the systems they have in place. 5. Brass tax, My mother and I are not loaded with disposable income. My mother is retired after 46 years with a major bank. I'm an Army Veteran currently in a civil service job. We live modestly in FL. We knew that hiring a lawyer, any lawyer, was not an inexpensive endeavor; yet Susan worked with us. This was really important because it made us feel that for Susan, we were not just another pay check and that she genuinely was empathetic to our situation and would be doing what she could to provided us with favorable outcomes. If I could clone her and her team, I would.
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Posted by James | May 9, 2018
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Outstanding character and values
I hired Susan in 2015 to gide me through a restraining order, divorce, and custody dispute. This was the most painful chapter of my entire life. Susan was amazing. Neither myself or my family was familiar with these types of conflicts. Susan was patient answering our numerous and frequent questions. She was honest and direct when answering questions and explaining potential outcomes. She guided us through the case and helped it come to a peaceful resolution. The education and the parenting plan that Susan helped put in place has helped keep healthy boundaries and respectful communication to this day. I can't thank Susan enough for the outstanding work that she has done.
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Posted by Dan | April 11, 2018
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Excellent attorney!!! Highly Recommended
Susan is a fantastic family law attorney! She has handled multiple family law issues for me dealing with child custody, child support, etc., dating back to 2013. I previously had a 50/50 custody arrangement with my ex-wife. When she wanted to relocate the kids to another part of the state in the summer of 2014, Susan helped me through the process of opposing the move and ultimately getting primary custody of my kids. Susan is straight forward, honest, and a great communicator. I've always felt like she was a great match for my situation and what I ultimately wanted for my kids. She has always been transparent and realistic about possible court outcomes. Most importantly, Susan is a good person that will always have your family and kids' best interests in mind. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her.
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Posted by Will | January 15, 2015
Best Family Law Attorney Ever!!
I was an active duty military member going through an ugly divorce when someone referred me to Susan. My ex had previously filed for separation 3 hours before my deployment and was trying to take my kids away from me. She accused me of abuse and many other things. (In short, she's just a nut). The attorney I had before Susan was terrible and just took my money. I started searching for other attorneys, but everyone gave me the same story: "you're a man in the military in Washington. You're going to pay your ex a ton of cash and you'll get to see your kids every other weekend." Susan was honest with me about my chances but said there were some particulars about my case that made her think a 50/50 arrangement could be on the table. She encouraged me to get a GAL involved and we were able to persuade the courts to do so. The GAL concluded what Susan had and recommended a 50/50 arrangement. Being difficult, as always, my ex refused to settle and agree to the GALs recommendations. Instead she insisted we go to trial. During the trial my ex's attorney showboated a lot and dragged things out insanely long. Susan stuck to the points and the facts of the case. In the end a female judge sided with the GAL's recommendations and implemented the parenting plan recommended by the GAL. Susan was amazing the entire time, kept me calm, even did not charge me for a few times I called her and needed her to play therapists and she even noticed me tearing up during the trial decision and passed me a box of tissues. As a side note, I did wind up paying my ex a ton of cash, but that's really not important to me. I think Susan protected my finances about as well as she could. She managed to get the courts to impute an income to my ex when she was claiming she had none--so there's something to be said for that. I will warn you, if you're a guy that just wants to screw your ex over, you should move on. If you're a man who genuinely cares about his children, I can't recommend Susan highly enough. I wish there was a rating above 5 stars.
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Posted by Robin Wolcott | February 19, 2010
Professional and Good Listener
Susan worked on a very complicated real estate case [with a few other lawyers] and was always on point, knew the details and impressed me with her grasp of a very confusing array of real estate contracts and previous legal paperwork.
Posted by Kathryn | March 22, 2018
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Attorney review
Susan has been my attorney since December of 2012. I was involved in a very complicated high conflict divorce. That to this day is still extremely high conflict. Susan was able to calm my fears on many different occasions. The court/trial process can be very overwhelming and Susan handled it with professionalism. I would recommend her to any of my friends if they were to need a great divorce attorney.
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AVVO RATING 9.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Envision Family Law
  • 2018 - Present
  • Owner
  • Kennedy & Braswell, PLLC
  • 2009 - 2018

Education

  • Seattle University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor - Cum Laude
  • 2008
  • University of Washington -Seattle
  • BA
  • N/A

Awards

  • Top 100
  • Association of American Trial Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Mary Gates Scholar
  • Mary Gates Endowment
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Attorney endorsements

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Family Attorney | Jul 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jul 17
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I had a very high conflict case against Susan. She was amazing in trial--so much so, her client was awarded more custody time by the Judge than he should have been in my opinion. Even though the case was high conflict, Susan was extremely professional throughout. So much so that I eventually made her a job offer and thankfully she accepted. Her clients are very lucky to have her as their advocate in Court. Susan can handle any level of case from the most simple to the most complex and nothing phases her."
Family Attorney | Apr 11
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"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 24
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"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 22
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"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 16
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"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 04
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"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Apr 03
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"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Mar 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Mar 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Nov 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 08
Relationship: Co-worker
"Susan Kennedy is a great attorney. She is extremely hardworking and ethical, and she consistently obtains favorable results for her clients. It is a pleasure to work with her, and I wholeheartedly endorse her work."
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Bellevue Divorce and separation Lawyer Susan S. Kennedy
Susan S. Kennedy
Divorce and separation Attorney
Bellevue, WA
Licensed for 14 years