Suzanne Pierce

shareholder | seattle | LICENSED IN Washington & Oregon

“My words to live by: be efficient, collaborate when possible, and represent the highest ethical standards.”

Working diligently to meet your goals

With more than three decades of experience, Suzanne Pierce has contributed her legal expertise and prowess to a wide variety of clients and industries. She has defended professionals (engineers, doctors, psychologists, and attorneys), police officers and municipalities, individuals sued in auto and trucking accidents, large corporations sued for environmental discharges and wrongful death, construction contractors and developers, and property owners regarding premises liability.

Suzanne has also presented on premises liability, auto liability, construction defect, and insurance bad faith. She has won several appellate victories for her clients in published decisions that help create a more reasonable premises liability law in Washington State.

Before joining our firm, Suzanne worked as the Senior Assistant City Attorney for the City of Seattle in the Torts Section, where she was part of the city’s defense in civil litigation by the parents and guardians of disabled children who had been sexually abused, photographed and videotaped by a foster parent who had distributed the images internationally. Litigation was complicated by the involvement of two state defendants and Scotland Yard, as well as carefully-prepared special-needs trusts and the search for long-term guardians. She also provided policy advice to City departments regarding ADA accommodations, sidewalk maintenance, and stormwater system inspections.

Prior to her work for the City she was in private practice in Seattle for fifteen years (focusing on civil litigation) and was also a Judicial Clerk for the Honorable Alan A. McDonald in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington.

Suzanne appreciates working with smart, team-focused lawyers who love what they do. She believes in providing honest assessments to her clients that address both business and personal goals to achieve satisfying results. She has been complimented for her efficient resolutions and creative settlements.

Suzanne enjoys camping, hiking, and outdoor photography with her teenaged son.




  • University of Michigan Law School – J.D., 1992
  • University of Michigan – B.A. with high honors and magna cum laude, 1988

Bar / Court Admissions

  • Washington State Bar, 1993
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington, 1993
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Washington, 1993
  • United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, 2009
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 2014
  • Oregon State Bar, 2018

Professional & Civic Involvement

  • Suzanne is currently defending a negligent supervision and hiring suit against a Washington church and diocese whose youth group leader is alleged to have sexually abused a child member repeatedly in the early 2000s. Trial is scheduled for February 2021 in Seattle.
  • Suzanne is administering settlement among numerous claimants to limited policy funds for sex abuse by a priest in the 1970s.
  • Last year Suzanne obtained early dismissal of her hotel client from federal multi-district class action involving child sex trafficking in numerous hotel chains.
  • Suzanne mentors local lawyers and gives back to the larger community by volunteering in support of low-income women and neglected and abused children.

Organizational Memberships

  • Washington State Bar
  • Oregon State Bar
  • Washington Defense Trial Lawyers
  • Legal Voice (formerly Northwest Women’s Law Project), Board Member, Self-Help Committee
  • Puget Sound Adjusters Association, Associate/Attorney Member
  • QLaw Member; Supporter of queer, trans, and non-binary individuals and their rights

Notable Trial & Appellate Victories

  • 2008: Defense verdict in solo jury trial (alleged traffic signage defect; brain injury)
  • 2009: Defense verdict in solo arbitration (alleged stormwater drain defect; residential flooding)
  • 2009: Published appellate verdict (sidewalk trip-and-fall, reversing summary judgment)
  • 2014: Published appellate verdict (premises liability, affirming summary judgment dismissal)
  • 2014: Appellate verdict (personal injury, affirming summary judgment dismissal)
  • 2014: Appellate verdict (personal injury, affirming summary judgment dismissal)
  • 2015: Trial verdict of no wage loss (MVA, alleged lifetime wage loss)
  • 2014: Defense verdict in solo jury trial (alleged civil rights violations and personal injuries to retail store customer)
  • 2016: Summary judgment dismissal in federal court (commercial factoring)