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.
Hourly ($200-300/hour), contingent (35-40%)
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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.
|ID||Authorized to practice law||1994||02/13/2017|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Principal||Paukert & Troppmann, PLLC||2009 - Present|
|Principal and President||Etter, McMahon, Lamberson, Clary, Troppmann & Oreskovich||1995 - 2009|
|Associate||Chase, Hayes & Kalamon||1992 - 1994|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Spokane County Bar Association, Diversity Section||Co-chair||2006 - Present|
|Washington State Association for Justice||Member||1997 - Present|
|Washington State Association for Justice, Diversity Committee||Committee Member||2009 - 2010|
|Spokane County Bar Association||President||2004 - 2005|
|Spokane County Bar Association||President-Elect||2003 - 2004|
|Spokane County Bar Association||Treasurer||2002 - 2003|
|Spokane County Bar Association||Secretary||2001 - 2002|
|Spokane County Bar Association||Trustee||2000 - 2002|
|Riley v. Spokane Radio||$305,000 judgment for the plaintiff|
|Riley v. Spokane Radio, Inc.||Judgment for plaintiff $305,000.|
|Schryvers v. Coulee Community Hospital||All claims against the hospital dismissed.|
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|Public Utiltites Reports||Competition in Electricity||1990|
|Gonzaga University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1992|
|University of Denver||Business Administration||MA - Masters||1985|
|Spokane County Bar Association CLE||Employment Law Update 2008||2008|
|Spokane County Bar Association CLE||Employment Law Update 2007||2007|
|Spokane County Bar Association CLE||Employment Law Update 2006||2006|
|Spokane County Bar Association CLE||Employment Law Update 2003||2003|
|Spokane County Bar Association CLE||Employment Law Update 2002||2002|
|Spokane County Bar Association CLE||Employment Law Update 2001||2001|