Susan J. Shulenberger

Top rated family law attorney in Seattle, Washington

Meridian Family Law
Susan J. Shulenberger
Meridian Family Law

Practice Areas: Family law

Licensed in Washington since: 1982

Education: Seattle University School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2023

Meridian Family Law

901 5th Avenue
Suite 2800A
Seattle, WA 98164 Phone: 206-838-9118 Email: Susan J. Shulenberger Visit website


As counsel at Meridian Family Law, Susan J. Shulenberger handles cases of family law in Seattle, Washington, and King County. With an Avvo “Superb” rating, she focuses on complex family law involving assets such as professional practices, stock options, real estate, ownership interests in different legal entities, management of closely held businesses, and the effects of these things on distribution and valuation during divorce.  Much of her practice is Collaborative Divorce.

After earning a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Washington, Ms. Shulenberger then attended the University of Puget Sound. There, she graduated cum laude with a Juris Doctor and has been admitted to practice in the state of Washington since 1982. For her high ethical standards and long list of successful results, she holds the highest peer rating possible of AV Preeminent* from Martindale-Hubbell.

Ms. Shulenberger is a current member of the family law section of the King County Bar Association (KCBA), the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA), King County Collaborative Law and the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. She previously served on the WSBA professionalism committee, the character and fitness board, the rules of professional conduct committee, and the KCBA gender equality in law committee and the judicial recommendation committee.

Throughout her career, Ms. Shulenberger has represented clients in financially complicated divorces.   She has also presented to various organizations regarding divorce litigation, including the National Business Institute Continuing Legal Education seminar and the WSBA Continuing Legal Education seminar. With a compassionate, knowledgeable and skilled approach, she helps her clients stay away from needless struggles in family law matters.

* AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

First Admitted: 1982, Washington

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Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Presenter, “Challenges and Strategies for Fostering Civility in our Practice,” The Civility Promise: The Foundations of Civility In the Legal Profession, Robert’s Fund (Seattle, 2014)
  • Presenter, “Conflicts of Interests” and “Moral Turpitude and Offensive Personalities” at Washington State Bar Association CLE, Family Law Ethics: Avoiding the Web of Ethical Pitfalls (September 2009)
  • Presenter, “Dissolution Procedure Updates” at National Business Institute CLE, Current Events for Family Lawyers: Legislative and Case Law Update (June, 2010)
  • Contributing author and editor, “Use of Professionals in Family Law Litigation,” Washington Family Law Desk Book 2012 Cumulative Supplement, (December 2011)
  • Presenter, “Divorce Litigation, Start to Finish, National Business Institute CLE (Seattle, 2011)
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Chair, WSBA Character and Fitness Board, 2003-2009
  • Member, International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • Chair, WSBA Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection Committee, 2008-2012
  • Panel Member, SBA Committee on Professional Ethics, Alternate
  • Member, King County Collaborative Law
  • Member, Washington State Bar Association (WSBA), Since 1982
  • Member, Family Law Section, King County Bar Association (KCBA)
  •  WSBA Adjunct Disciplinary Counsel, Panel Member 2013-present, 2014
  • WSBA-Board Member, Character and Fitness Committee, 2003-2008; Chair, 2006-2008; Lawyers' Fund for Client Protection Board, 2008-2011; Chair - 2010-11;   Member, Rules of Professional Conduct Committee, 2007-8; Judicial Recommendation Committee, 1998-2002; Professionalism Committee, 2003-2005) and American Bar Associations; Washington Women Lawyers.
  • Martindale AV Rated - Preeminent, AV Rated Preeminent,
  • 10 out of 10 AVVO rating
  • Top Rated by Super Lawyers® since 2015
Educational Background:
  • University of Washington (B.A., 1979); Seattle University (J.D., cum laude, 1982).
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Trained in Collaborative Law.  Actively certified, 2014

Office location for Susan J. Shulenberger

901 5th Avenue
Suite 2800A
Seattle, WA 98164


9 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2023

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