A licensed attorney for over 20 years, Suzanne fights for children to get the free appropriate public education (FAPE) they are entitled to from public school systems. Her interest in special education began after placing her own children in Oregon public schools and witnessing the systemic problems and their impact on children and their families. Suzanne is excited about the opportunity to help families navigate the complexities of special education law and arm children with disabilities with tools to achieve their fullest potential.
Prior to moving to Oregon, Suzanne practiced workers compensation for 15 years in Colorado. She now uses the experience she gained to advocate for the unique needs of each child she represents. She views the education process as a collaborative effort and does what she can to resolve disputes prior to proceeding to any litigation, to try to avoid the emotional and financial costs of in-depth legal processes.
Suzanne received her J.D. from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1997. She majored in English and Art History at Loyola University in Maryland, receiving her B.A. in 1994. She is a member of the Counsel of Parent Attorneys and Advocates and has participated in numerous COPAA attorney trainings. When Suzanne isn’t at work, she can be found juggling the busy schedules of her two daughters, spending time with her husband, playing with her dog, enjoying Portland’s culinary delights with family and friends, reading a good book, and running.