Susan L. Beecher – Susan L. Beecher, Attorney at Law

Practice/Organization Description

Providing the legal attention my clients deserve

I opened the firm to provide legal services to the small entrepreneur. My mission is to provide the highest quality legal advice and assistance while keeping costs at a reasonable level. It is my goal whenever possible to find the pathway to enable small businesses to legally reach their objectives.

My firm is small, and thus can provide personalized service, competitive rates because of low overhead, and a flexible approach to problem solving. Small firms are not right for every legal need, and if my firm is not right for your situation, I will tell you so rather than provide you with service that does not meet my standards.

I practice in the following areas:

Employment law - (Includes discrimination and labor law) - Your employees are the hands and feet of your business. As federal and state regulations become more complex, many business owners are turning to their attorneys to keep them on course with what the government requires, and to help them develop policies that are fair to employees, but leave employers appropriately in control of the workplace. And sometimes, even employers who are enlightened and completely compliant with government regulations will still find themselves faced with legal action from an unhappy employee. This firm is here to help with these needs.

International trade and transportation - International transactions in goods and services with parties overseas implicate a different set of laws and a different set of problems than do domestic sales. Because of my years of experience prior to entering the legal profession, I have a particular understanding of the problems facing importers and exporters, as well as customs brokers, freight forwarders, NVOCCs and others who do business beyond our borders. With legal changes brought about by the Department of Homeland Security and particularly Customs and Border Protection, it is important to work with an attorney who understands the unique legal challenges facing clients who ply this trade.

Entity formation - Even the most modest business venture will benefit from seeking legal advice at startup. The decision about whether to incorporate, form an LLC, act as a sole proprietor or form some other entity, will deeply affect many aspects of the business's future throughout its life. Proper structuring can result in significant tax savings, more harmonious interaction between business owners, protection of the owners' private assets, and a smoother exit strategy, to name just a few benefits. Restructuring later in the company's life can sometimes also correct problems with minimal complications.

Contracts and disputes - At the heart of every business transaction, from selling a corporation to buying a latte, there is a contract, whether written or unwritten, whether spelled out or implied. If your business is active, from time to time, you will have a disagreement with a customer or vendor, whether about warranties, about what payment is due, or about whether there was a deal at all. It's reassuring to have reliable legal counsel to turn to when the problem cannot be resolved by the parties and too much is at stake to write off. An effective attorney can also sometimes help you develop strategies to prevent some of these disputes from arising.

Transitioning - Every business and every business owner benefits from transition planning. Whether you plan to sell your business, go public, or pass the enterprise to your heirs, the transaction will go more smoothly and cost-effectively with planning a periodic reassessment throughout the life of the business.

Business person's legal survival kit presentations - Commercial law class for the small business owner

A savvy business person can take many steps to avoid needing a lawyer, and to keep legal costs down. I offer classes in six sessions that cover the most important points of legal strategies for the lay person.

Bar Admissions

Admitted to practice in Washington State courts and the U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington


B.A. - Japanese Language and Literature - University of Washington

J.D. - University of Washington School of Law

Professional Associations & Memberships

Washington State Bar Association

King County Bar Association

South King County Bar Association


Mensa of Western Washington


8407 So. 259th Street, Suite 205
Kent, Washington 98030, United States

  • 253-856-0239
  • 253-856-0413

Areas of Practice
  • Business Organizations
  • Commercial Law & Contracts
  • International Law & Trade
  • Labor & Employment Law
  • Transportation
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