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At Integrative Family Law, we know that you and your family are seriously impacted by conflict created during your divorce.  Wherever possible, I help clients reach agreements in the least contentious, most cost effective, way.   Although I have litigation experience, as well as trial backing in my office, I  work  as cooperatively and amicably  as possible.   I am also trained in collaborative law and as a mediator.


I have been practicing law in Washington State since 1982. Since 1998, I have focused my practice on complex family law in Seattle and King County. Before then, I built a solid foundation of experience practicing commercial law with leading Seattle law firms.With this  combination of both family and commercial law experience, I have experience representing high net worth individuals in their family law matters.




Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 70%
  2. Family: 10%
  3. Alimony: 10%
  4. Mediation: 10%



Retainer (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

12 total 

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  • Stacy Dyan Heard

    Susan has exceptional knowledge in family law, which is well-balanced with her pragmatic approach to handling cases. She is reasonable, yet advocates strongly for her clients. I recommend her without reservation, and refer clients to her if I am unable to take a case.


    Stacy Heard Child custody Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • David Brendan Starks

    I endorse this lawyer. Susan is an unbelievably skilled attorney. Her instincts are unmatched. She provides the highest caliber legal services to her clients and wins excellent results.


    David Starks Divorce and separation Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact info

Integrative Family Law

901 5th Avenue
Suite 2800
Seattle, WA, 98164


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Of CounselIntegrative Family Law2014 - Present
Of CounselMcKinley Irvin2011 - 2013
PrincipalSusan J Shulenberger Family Law PLLC2005 - 2011
PartnerWechsler Becker LLP2003 - 2005
AttorneyPreston Gates Ellis LLP2000 - 2003
AssociateGordon Wilcox PC1998 - 1999
Disciplinary CounselWashington Bar Association1991 - 1992
AssociateCable, Langenbach, Kinerk & Bauer, LLP1986 - 1989
AssociateDavis Wright Tremaine1982 - 1986
Association namePosition nameDuration
Washington State Bar Association, Adjunct Investigative Counsel PanelAdjunct Disciplinary Counsel2014 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1982 - Present
King County Bar Association, Family Law SectionMemberN/A
Washington State Bar Association, Committee on Professional EthicsMember2013 - 2014
WSBA Committee on Professional EthicsAlternate2013 - 2014
Washington State Bar Association, Lawyers' Fund for Client Protection CommitteeChair2008 - 2012
Washington State Bar Association, Rules of Professional Conduct CommitteeCommittee Member2007 - 2010
King County Bar Association, Gender Equality in Law CommitteeMember2007 - 2009
Washington State Bar Association, Character and Fitness BoardImmediate Past Chair2004 - 2008
Washington State Bar Association, Professionalism CommitteeMember2003 - 2005
Washington State Bar Association Judicial Conduct CommitteeMember1998 - 2002
Magnolia Community Center Advisory CouncilPresident1994 - 1997
Magnolia Community CouncilTrustee1994 - 1996
Publication nameTitleDate
Washington Family Law Desk Book 2011 Cumulative SupplementUse of Professionals in Family Law Litigation2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Seattle University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1982
University of WashingtonPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1979
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
The Civility Promise: The Foundations of Civility In the Legal ProfessionChallenges and Strategies for fostering civility in our profession2014
Divorce Litigation: From Start to FinishEthics2011
Current Events for Family Lawyers: Legislative and Case Law UpdateDissolution Procedure Updates2010
Family Law Ethics: Avoiding the Web of Ethical PitfallsMoral Turpitude and Offensive Personalities2009
Family Law Ethics: Avoiding the Web of Ethical PitfallsConflicts of Interests2009