Susan is a native Washingtonian who has worked in the legal field for over two decades. She was fortunate enough to reconnect with Jeff Campiche and Leslie Harris while working with opposing counsel in trial in a federal district court case sixteen years ago. Their respect has been mutual over the years and Susan is very pleased to be part of the Campiche Arnold PLLC team.
Growing up close to the Port of Tacoma lent itself to Susan’s interest in the maritime field and working as a paralegal on maritime cases was a natural mix of her interests. She works closely with Attorney Phil Arnold on a variety of personal injury cases in addition to maritime cases, including bicycle injury/death cases, defective products cases, and defective highway design cases – to name a few.
Susan has worked on both the plaintiff and defense sides of the legal spectrum during her career, and has been involved with trial teams in both state and federal courts around the country.
Susan graduated from Whitman College, in Walla Walla, Washington, and spent her breaks from college working as a legal assistant in personal injury firms in the Pacific Northwest in the days of typewriters and carbon paper. Since then, she has mentored Whitman College students who are interested in the legal field.
As Susan’s career progressed, she saved her money and traveled for months throughout Europe and North Africa; not only to gain insight into other cultures, but to see the art she studied in college. She continues to follow her wanderlust when she is able. She lived in Mexico as a child and as an adult for several months at a time, which she found gave her an invaluable insight into her Latina origins.
Susan has enjoyed volunteering within the penal system as a panel member of Pierce County’s Juvenile Court’s Diversion Program. She also tutored inmates in Cook County Jail, Chicago, where she spent a semester attending an Urban Studies Program, while interning at the Art Institute of Chicago. She has also worked with various groups to secure donated funds to support Children’s Hospital in Seattle, among other charitable entities.