I am a former Shareholder of Lane Powell PC where I handled a broad range of commercial and employment litigation and trial matters. My experience includes not only understanding and managing the needs of major corporations in crisis, but also individuals and small local businesses whose needs demand precision and efficiency. That experience, along with many state and federal trials, has also laid the foundation for me to serve as a thoughtful, fair and effective mediator and arbitrator.

Admitted to Practice

  • Oregon
  • U.S. District Court, District of Oregon
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Education

  • Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., 1982)
  • Georgetown Journal of Law and Policy in International Business, Editor (1981-1982)
  • University of California at Berkeley (B.A., with highest honors, 1976; M.A., with honors, 1977)
  • Phi Beta Kappa

Examples of Representative Matters

  • Served as arbitrator in a highly-publicized whistleblower and wrongful termination suit filed by a former technical services manager for the Water Environmental Services ("WES") Department of Clackamas County. The manager claimed he was terminated in retaliation for complaining that his supervisor was violating county and state contracting rules, and that the supervisor, when presenting to the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners, would be misrepresenting the need to pay an additional $300,000 to an outside vendor on a project where more than $1.5 million had already been spent by WES. The matter was settled in favor of the former employee, the supervisor was put on leave while his contracting practices were audited and Clackamas County was ordered to pay $322,236 in damages. Sunday Oregonian Article
  • Served as local counsel in defense of Siemens Industry Inc. in multi-defendant class action alleging breaches of fiduciary duty or aid and abetting such breaches arising out of an agreement entered with Mentor Graphics Corporation to sell all outstanding shares to a Siemens subsidiary. The transaction is valued at approximately $4.5 billion.
  • Prosecuted claims for breach of restrictive covenants, including a covenant not to compete, on behalf of a building envelope diagnostics and testing entity doing business throughout the Northwest and California.
  • Defended major national manufacturer and supplier of perishable consumer goods against multiple claims brought by major national purchaser and distributor asserting violations of CPG supply chain industry standards of notice for supply termination, including claims for interference with economic relations, promissory estoppel and breach of contract.
  • Tried preliminary injunction trial defending former employee in exterior insulation finish industry who allegedly breached a non-competition and non-disclosure agreement. Following submissions of the evidence and testimony, the court denied the motion for injunctive relief, and the party seeking relief dismissed all claims.
  • On behalf of a Silicon Valley high-technology entity in the industrial digital imaging industry, defended a suit brought by a Fortune 500 company against its former employee for alleged breaches of a non-compete, confidentiality and non-disclosure agreement. Moved for summary judgment on grounds of invalidity of agreement, and filed counterclaims for wage and hour violations. The matter was settled in favor of the former employee, including reimbursement of attorney fees incurred in bringing countersuit.
  • Represented Fortune 500 company in heavy duty truck manufacturing industry in action for breach of fiduciary duty and conversion against former high level executive following resignation and joining chief competitor. Defended multiple counterclaims including race discrimination, national origin discrimination, and alleged violations of ERISA. After substantial local and multi-district third party discovery and trial preparation, all claims were settled favorably.
  • Represented a multinational Japanese corporation and its two Oregon subsidiaries operating in the light utility vehicle manufacturing and distribution sector. Brought suit for theft of trade secrets, breach of fiduciary duties of loyalty and honesty, and conversion against a shareholder and former officer and director. The defendant counterclaimed for wrongful discharge and an accounting of the value of shares held. The counterclaims were dismissed, and a unanimous jury verdict was awarded in favor of the Japanese national on all claims brought.
  • Represented one of the top five suppliers of shipping containers in North America in an action for breach of employment agreements, misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of fiduciary duty, and fraud against former salespersons. Sought and obtained a temporary restraining order addressing post-employment conduct of the former sales persons. Following entry of the TRO, the matter was then settled favorably to the client.
  • Represented major real estate developer with interests in Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada and Oregon. Presented and defended claims in seven separate civil actions generally arising out of debt repayment obligations addressed in numerous LLC operating agreements, including the defense of claims of securities law violations. All matters were resolved favorably to the client.
  • Represented members of the Oregon State Bar Board of Governors, President of the Oregon State Bar, the Executive Director of the Bar, and Disciplinary Counsel for the Bar in defense of federal claims brought by a former member of the Board of Governors for violations of 42 USC § 1983, including claims for First Amendment retaliation and violations of Fourteenth Amendment rights to due process of law and equal protection. The federal court granted summary judgment as to all claims, the Ninth Circuit affirmed, and the U.S. Supreme Court denied petitioner's writ of certiorari.
  • Defended Fortune 500 company against claims for sexual harassment, hostile work environment, and retaliation brought by former employee terminated after lodging internal complaint of harassment and filing administrative law charges during employment. Substantial claims were dismissed on summary judgment, and the remaining claims were settled favorably to client.
  • Defended Fortune 500 company against claims for race discrimination and retaliation, and violations of ERISA, brought by a minority employee discharged by new manager after more than 25 years of service. Following limited discovery, claims were settled favorably to client.
  • Served as second chair in defense of claims that the formation and operation of the Oregon State Bar Professional Liability Fund violated federal antitrust law, including 15 USC §1, Sherman Act, and established record demonstrating applicability of the Noerr-Pennington defense. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the U.S. District Court's decision that the operation of the Professional Liability Fund falls within the Noerr-Pennington exception to anticompetitive conduct.
  • Represented Susan Kuhnhausen against Michael Kuhnhausen, Sr., her estranged ex-husband, who pled guilty to solicitation to murder her and was sentenced to an eight-year prison term. In defense of her own life during the attack by Edward Haffey, hired by the ex-husband, Mr. Haffey died. The jury awarded Ms. Kuhnhausen $1 million in emotional distress damages. Interview regarding Susan Kuhnhausen trial, KATU news channel 2.
  • Represented claimant in wrongful discharge matter and tried case to a jury verdict recovering 90 percent of prayer and full award of attorney fees.
  • Represented claimant in retaliation and discrimination matter after and tried case to the jury and bench recovering economic damages and full award of attorney fees.
  • Represented an investment adviser in defense of federal unsuitability claims arising out of investing all of a college teacher's retirement funds in secondary stocks on margin. Expert testimony from the parties was received concerning standards for determining suitability; the adviser's chosen portfolio at the time of losses; and inherent market volatility. The jury returned a unanimous defense verdict on all claims for relief.
  • Represented members of the Northwest Food Processors Association in a federal court action seeking a preliminary injunction barring the EPA's enforcement of a national emergency order suspending the use of dinoseb, a broad leaf weed control agent. The federal court heard all the evidence, including the testimony of agricultural producers and economic experts, and granted the preliminary injunction sought. The U.S. Department of Justice then sought and obtained an emergency appeal to the Ninth Circuit which, following oral argument, affirmed the U.S. District Court's entry of the preliminary injunction.

Professional and Community Activities

  • Member, Oregon State Bar
  • Member, Multnomah Bar Association
  • Panel Member, American Arbitration Association
  • Panel Member, Arbitration Service of Portland
  • Panel Member, ADR Support Services
  • Member, OSB Alternative Dispute Resolution Section
  • Past President, Owen M. Panner American Inn of Court
  • Past Member, Oregon State Bar Continuing Legal Education Committee
  • Past Member of Editorial Board, Oregon State Bar Litigation Journal
  • Past Member, Oregon State Bar Federal Practice and Procedure Committee
  • Past Editor, Federal Civil Litigation in Oregon, Oregon State Bar Continuing Legal Education
  • Past Chair, Multnomah County Continuing Legal Education Committee
  • Past Member, Local Professional Responsibility Review Committee for Multnomah County
  • Past Member, Oregon State Bar Ad Hoc Committee on Specialization
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
    • Past Member (after peer review and nomination), Programs and Projects, Employment Law Committee

Publications

  • "What Oregon Producers Need to Know Before Their Bump Arrives," Cannabis Law Report (May 2017)
  • "Post-Election Workplace Challenges for the Employer and Employee," Oregon Business magazine (March 2017)
  • "Title VII and Islamophobia: Maintaining Compliance," Oregon Business magazine (February 2016)
  • "Colleges Climbing the Learning Curve: Sexual Violence," Oregon Business magazine (August/September 2015)
  • "Banking on Your Executive's Compliance With the Trade Secrets Law," Banking Matters magazine (Fall 2014)
  • "Check Your C-Suite Employee at the Door — Managing Competitor Misconduct," Oregon Business magazine (October 2014)
  • "The California Myth About Non-Compete Agreements," Oregon Business magazine (September 2014)
  • "Non-Competes: The California Myth," Oregon State Bar Litigation Journal (Summer 2014)
  • "A Case in Point: When and How to Use Non-Compete Agreements for Bank Executives and Key Managers," Oregon Bankers Association's Banking Matters magazine (Spring 2014)
  • "Clackamas County Tagged Over Firing," The Oregonian, Quoted (March 16, 2014)
  • "Employees Claimed County Paid Contractor Twice for the Same Work," The Oregonian, Quoted (March 13, 2014)
  • "Recent Court Decisions Shine a Renewed Light on the Desirability of Employee Arbitration Agreements," Oregon Business magazine, Co-author (October 2013)
  • "The Next Four Years: The LGBT Community and the New Normal," Oregon Business magazine (March 2013)
  • "EEOC Vote Approving Class-Based Initiatives: What Employers Need to Know," Oregon Bankers Association's Banking Matters magazine (Winter 2013)
  • "EEOC Anticipates Class-Wide Actions Over Discrimination," Portland Business Journal (November 2, 2012)
  • "Oregon's Erosion of the Non-compete Agreement," IADC Committee Newsletter (June 2010)
  • "Non-compete Agreement Caveat," Ask the Expert column, Portland Business Journal (June 2009)
  • "Covenants Not to Compete," Ask the Expert column, Portland Business Journal (June 2009)
  • "Oregon Evidence Code: Objections," Oregon State Bar publication, Co-editor (2009)
  • "Trade Secret Theft," Ask the Expert column, Portland Business Journal (August 2009)
  • "When the Employee Owes Fiduciary Duties of Loyalty to the Employer," Oregon Business magazine (September 2008)
  • "Trial Practice," Federal Civil Litigation in Oregon, Oregon State Bar Continuing Legal Education (1997)
  • Susan has authored for the Portland Business Journal's labor and employment Q&A column titled "Ask the Legal Professionals"

Speaking Engagements

  • "Restrictive Covenants and Non-Compete Agreements: Trends, Updates and Developments Explored," The Knowledge Group CLE webcast (August 10, 2017)
  • "Workplace Harassment: Culture Clashes, Implicit Bias and Favored Treatment," Lane Powell's 34th Annual Labor and Employment Seminar, Portland (April 26, 2017)
  • "Restrictive Covenants and Non-Compete Agreements: 2017 Updates," The Knowledge Group CLE webcast (April 24, 2017)
  • "Introduction to Employment Law: Hiring, Firing, and Administrative Oversight," Multnomah Bar Association Employment Law Fundamentals CLE seminar (September 18, 2016)
  • "Best Practices Handling the Annoyed Employee and Handling the Whistleblower," Lane Powell's 33rd Annual Labor and Employment Seminar, Portland (April 7, 2016)
  • "Protecting Trade Secrets or How Best to Manage the C-Suite Employee," Lane Powell's 32nd Annual Labor and Employment Seminar, Portland (April 9, 2015)
  • "Introduction to Employment Law: Hiring, Firing and Administrative Oversight," Multnomah Bar Association Employment Law Fundamentals CLE seminar (September 18, 2014)
  • "Keeping Up with Marriage: Serving Your Same-Sex Couples Right," Oregon Law Institute of Lewis & Clark Law School CLE seminar (June 13, 2014)
  • International Association of Defense Counsel's Corporate Counsel College, Presenter (April 10-11, 2014)
  • "Our Former Executive is Doing What?! When to Fight Over Trade Secrets and Unfair Competition," Lane Powell's 31st Annual Labor and Employment Seminar (April 3, 2014)
  • "Objections at Trial," Multnomah Bar Association Young Lawyers Section Professional Development and Education Committee CLE (October 31, 2013)
  • "What You Need to Know About the EEOC's Vote Approving Class-Based Initiatives," Lane Powell's 30th Annual Labor and Employment Seminar, Portland (April 2, 2013)
  • "Professional Liability Claims Against Attorneys — Responding to Claims and Minimizing Malpractice Reports," CLE webinar (February 12, 2013)
  • "Witness Examination Strategies in Employment Litigation: Best Practices for Direct and Cross-Examination of Lay, Expert and Percipient Witnesses," CLE webinar (January 23, 2013)
  • "Third-Party and Informal Discovery — Strategy and Ethical Limits," Oregon Law Institute of Lewis and Clark's workshop titled Pretrial Litigation Skills 101 (May 4, 2012)
  • "Employers at Home and Abroad," Employment Law and Corporate Counsel, International Association of Defense Counsel (February 2012)
  • "Complex Litigation, Tips and Procedures for Trying Complex Cases," Multnomah Bar Association (February 2012)
  • "Practical Skills: Direct and Cross Examination," Professional Liability Fund Panel Conference (August 2011)
  • "Review of Recent Supreme Court Employment Law Decisions," International Association of Defense Counsel Midyear Meeting (February 2011)
  • "2010 An Employment Odyssey: Are You Ready for a New Era?" ALFA International, Labor & Employment Conference, Moderator (2010)
  • "Motions Practice in Tort Cases," Multnomah Bar Association Young Lawyers Section Tort Law Seminar (April 2010)
  • "Hot Topics: The Latest Interpretations of Current Employment Law," Sterling Education Seminar (February 2009)
  • "Investigating and Resolving Alleged Employee Misconduct," Seventh Annual Commerce Concepts Series (October, 2009)
  • "Employee Lawsuits: How to Avoid Them, What to do When They Happen," Employment in 2008: Are you Ready? Seminar (January 2008)
  • "Risk Management and Litigation Strategies," Employment Practices Liability Seminar (June 2008)
  • "Covenants Not to Compete in the Global Marketplace," ALFA International (2007)
  • "Direct Examination," Oregon State Bar Continuing Legal Education Committee's Ninth Annual Oregon Trial Advocacy College (2007)
  • "Cross Examination," Oregon State Bar Continuing Legal Education Committee's Eighth Annual Oregon Trial Advocacy College (2006)
  • "Cross Examination Techniques," Oregon Trial Lawyers Association's February Meeting (2006)
  • "2005 Annual Employment Law Update: Retaliation Claims," Oregon Law Institute, Panelist (2005)
  • "Sexual Discrimination Claims in Oregon," Oregon State Bar Labor and Employment Law Section Annual Conference (2005)
  • "Trial Tips," Multnomah Bar Association Young Lawyers Section (2005)
  • "Depositions," Multnomah Bar Association Young Lawyers Section (2004)
  • "Direct Examination," Oregon State Bar Continuing Legal Education Committee's Fifth Annual Oregon Trial Advocacy College (2003)
  • "Voir Dire," Oregon State Bar Continuing Legal Education Committee's Annual Oregon Trial Advocacy College (2002, 2004 and 2005)
  • "Employment Law Advice and Litigation Update: Advising Clients on Employment Law Issues in a Transitioning Economy," Oregon Law Institute, Panelist (2002)
  • "Employment Law Advice and Litigation Update: This Time it's Personnel," Oregon Law Institute Seminar, Panelist (2001)
  • "Employment Law Issues for Workers' Compensation Lawyers," Oregon State Bar Workers' Compensation Section Meeting (2001)
  • "Pretrial Preparation," Oregon State Bar New Lawyers Division on Trial Strategies, Practices and Techniques, Co-presenter with the former Chief Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court, Edwin Peterson (2001)
  • "FRCP 12 Motions," Federal Bar Association and Oregon Law Institute Federal Practice and Procedure Seminar (2000 and 2001)
  • "Employment and Public Benefits," Oregon State Bar CLE on Representing Domestic Partners (2000)
  • "Evidence," Federal Bar Association and Oregon Law Institute's Lewis & Clark College Federal Practice and Procedure Seminar (1999)
  • "Evidence," Federal Practice and Procedure Seminar, Federal Bar Association and Oregon Law Institute (1998)
  • "How To Mediate Efficiently and Effectively," Oregon Law Institute Seminar on "The Art of Mediating: A Work Session on Mediation," Panelist (1998)
  • "Proving Damages in Business and Commercial Cases," Oregon State Bar Seminar for "Proving and Challenging Damages" (1998)
  • "Case Within a Case Analysis in Legal Malpractice Actions," Oregon State Bar Professional Liability Fund (1997)
  • "Evidence," Federal Practice and Procedure Seminar, Lewis & Clark College (1997)
  • "Taking the Mystery Out of Federal Practice," Multnomah Bar Association (1997)
  • "Evidence," Federal Bar Association Annual Convention (1996)
  • "Trial Motions for State and Federal Court," Lorman Business Seminar (1996)
  • "Distinctions Between State and Federal Practice," Second Annual Litigation Institute and Retreat, Oregon State Bar CLE and OSB Litigation Section (1995)
  • "Evidence," Federal Practice and Procedure Seminary, Federal Bar Association (1995)
  • "Trial Motions in State and Federal Court," Lorman Business Seminar (1995)
  • "Differences in Federal and State Court," Federal Litigation Seminar, Moderator (1994)
  • "Discovery in Federal and State Court," Oregon Association of Legal Secretaries, Winter Board Meeting (1994)
  • "Effective Motion Practice in State and Federal Court," Lorman Business Seminar (1993)
  • "Malpractice Issues Facing Accountants and Attorneys," Oregon State Bar/Oregon Society of Certified Public Accountants Joint Committee (1993)
  • "Post-Trial Motions," Multnomah Bar Association/YLS Luncheon (1993)
  • "Oregon Law of Contracts," Portland State University, Professional Development Center, Instructor (1992)
  • "ORICO," Oregon Association of Defense Counsel/OTLA Bench and Bar Breakfast (1991)
  • "Pleadings and Motion Practice," Federal Bar Association and Northwestern Law School of Lewis and Clark (1991)
  • "The Statute of Limitation Governing Section 10(b) Securities Fraud Claims," Oregon State Bar Securities Section (1991)
  • "Financial Fraud: Claims and Defenses," Multnomah Bar Association Seminar (1990)

TV/Radio Interviews

  • Interview regarding Susan Kuhnhausen trial, KATU news channel 2
  • Interview regarding former Portland Police Chief, Derrick Foxworth's potential race discrimination lawsuit, KGW news channel 8

Unsolicited Client Testimonials

  • "We appreciate the excellent work you did. The individual defendants and key witnesses all believed in you and respected the way you worked with and defended them. I have made no secret of the respect I have for you. I enjoy working with you and appreciate your skill as a lawyer."
  • "On behalf of myself and my entire firm, I want to thank you for all your good work. We are all absolutely delighted with the outcome. I very much appreciate the work you did and the personal interaction with your office."
  • "Although it is arguably risky for me to say so before the _____ has ruled, I want to let you know that the expert testimony you gave in support of my client was without question the finest expert testimony I have seen in 33 years as a lawyer. Everything about your presentation - your knowledge of the subject matter area, your ability to explain complicated matters in simple terms, your rapport, your unflappability on cross examination, etc. - was perfect."
  • "I am thinking of changing my client intake criteria to count the ability to call you as an expert witness as a substantial favor of taking on the matter."
  • "For the almost two years that you worked on this case, I was continually impressed by your incredible capacity for noticing and attending to the most minute details, as well as your high ethical and professional standards. To my knowledge, you never once wavered in your concentration, your positive attitude or your confidence in either me or our case. Your support during the difficult depositions, your thoughtful consultation during the pretrial preparations, and your excellent guidance during the settlement negotiations, were all invaluable to our ultimate success."
  • "Great negotiating. I think your brilliance scares the heck out of your opponents."
  • "I am not sure I ever told you how much I learned about litigation prep while working with you on ______________. When I find myself using a technique I picked up from you I think that I should pen you a note and thank you. So - this is an overdue thank you for allowing me to watch you learn what I do from a different perspective and do it very differently and approach it better. I am a better lawyer because of you. Thank you."
  • "I called a few moments ago to tell you how great it is to work with you ... your evaluation letter for _____'s case is your typical EXCEPTIONAL work product Susan."
  • "I cannot say enough about how wonderful you are to work with. Keen intellect, tenacity, thorough. Willing to listen. Professional."
  • "I found [Ms. Eggum's] logic and rationale supporting a recommended course of action to be well thought and demonstrative of sound judgment. I recall one situation involving a national retailer, that was settled at pretrial conference, wherein Ms. Eggum's discovery work was most thorough."
  • "I have sincerely appreciated your advice, immediate response to me, knowledge of the law and thorough explanations, and consideration. Your voice and humor calmed me; you were a great help."
  • "I know that [the opposing party] presented a unique and complicated set of problems ... I always felt secure and protected. You are an excellent attorney."
  • "I wanted to take a moment to reflect with you my feelings about this lawsuit, which fortunately ended on a high note. I am confident that without your efforts and interest in my case the outcome would have been much less favorable. I cannot thank you enough for your tenacious belief in my case and the outstanding legal representation which you provided me. You are truly a credit to your profession."
  • "I watched you take this case from start to finish. Your keen sense of judgment, tremendous legal ability, professionalism and moral compass made all the difference in the world. As I listened to Judge ________ during oral argument it became readily apparent that ___ felt the same way ... We can't thank you enough ... You were simply spectacular."
  • "I will sing your praises forever. I can assure you that you are at the top of my list and that I will specifically make sure that others, including _________________, appreciate your ability to get results. It is truly an incredible relief ... Thank you for all you did and the professionalism with which you did it (particularly your ability to keep the fees down when the natural inclination would be otherwise - a fact I appreciate in more than one way). Respectfully and with great appreciation, thanks again."
  • "I would like to take this opportunity to thank you again for the result you have achieved in this difficult matter. You engineered a settlement on extremely attractive terms, with a relatively small expenditure of counsel fees. I consider it a privilege to have worked with you. You are indeed a credit to our profession."
  • "It is my sincere hope, especially in the light of how I view you as a tenacious and thorough litigator, to never find myself on the receiving end of one of your cases (or as an adverse witness for that matter)... I am dutifully impressed with both the manner, as well as the method, in which you've handled the ______________case, and you can find me looking forward to the date when as a judge I will have an opportunity to preside in a case which finds you appearing as one of the litigators."
  • "Just received and reviewed your excellent handbook on Trial Objections. It will become a permanent part of my trial briefcase. Thanks for all your excellent and hard work."
  • "[Ms. Eggum] handled this matter promptly, courteously and professionally without adding salt to the wound. She did an exceptional job in getting this matter ‘back on track' as fast as she did, and I feel that Ms. Eggum's personal rapport with the Federal Court judicial staff was a definite asset."
  • "Plaintiff's counsel is known in this community for her outstanding litigation skills." ($220,452.50 attorney fee award and opinion of the court).
  • "Please accept this inadequate gift to show my appreciation for your gallantry and intrepidity in my defense. I sincerely appreciate your steadfastness and unrelenting intellect."
  • "Super job ... Thanks for all your great work on this case."
  • "Susan and you were exceedingly professional and pleasant in all my interactions and for that I am grateful. Thank you for your work on this matter."
  • "Susan, I just finished reading your evaluation. In addition to thanking __________ for contributing their expertise to the case, I want to let you know this is one of the most thoughtful and thorough evaluations of a file that I have received from defense counsel [in the last] 10 years."
  • "Susan, it is always a great pleasure working with you. Just to listen to you put together the issues facing us and intelligently addressing and resolving them makes me very proud to be your fellow attorney."
  • "Your contributions are well known and we all have a great respect for you and your considerable abilities, as well as the compassion you show for your clients."
  • "I am so grateful to all of you for the work and support you have given me. This is amazing news! I cannot express just how much this means to me. Thank you."
  • "Susan, I thank you for your stellar work in obtaining the summary judgment and keeping it on appeal. These were difficult and complex legal issues, and it took great skill to successfully persuade the court to see it our way. Thanks for your great work."
  • "Susan: It was my extreme pleasure to meet you, and to have you in our corner (actually in the middle of the ring) for a number of hours. I cannot but send to you my sincerest gratitude for your assistance. Your presentation, legal knowledge, demeanor and forthrightness could not have been better."
  • "Thank you so much for all of your efforts. I know that reading and responding to the Plaintiff's submissions has not been a picnic, and I sincerely appreciate everything you have done to diligently defend this curious case."
  • "The outlook was very bleak when we first talked to you on March 15. The administrative remedies had been exhausted and a number of lawyers had told us that litigation would probably be a waste of time and money. During the next four weeks, it was a real thrill to watch you embrace the case with such intensity and determination. You did a marvelous job in assimilating scores of technical nuances, working with a varied cast of witnesses and adjusting to the stream of corrections and last-minute revelations. Your enthusiasm for the challenge, along with great intellectual and legal abilities, has resulted in a court injunction which has meant thousands of dollars each to many individual farmers, and millions collectively to the food industry of the Northwest."
  • "We really appreciate all of your determination and hard work on this case. Also please thank Noreen and your team as well. I hope you enjoy your win as much as we do. I guess what I'm trying to say is you kicked the big boy's @#$!!! Once again Susan, thanks."
  • "You were doing such a superb job [at the deposition]. I'm sure that she never really quite got what hit her, because you were being so polite and respectful. Can't wait to hear how the rest of the deposition went."
  • "Your original analysis of the merits of the case, your ability to limit the scope of the charges, your preparation of grounds for a positive defense through laborious and brilliant development of depositions, as well as your expert drawing out of adverse admissions during cross examinations, from the [opposing parties] and their expert witness, Mr. __________, and the rock solid summation which left the jury little to do but find for the defense, are all examples of your professionalism and intelligent conduct in handling my case. Especially impressive was your obviously complete preparation for all phases of the proceedings manifested especially in the development of depositions as well as exhibits and during the trial with your direct and cross examination in open court. I commend you on the selection, preparation and courtroom examination of our expert witness, Mr. __________."
  • "You're tireless. After reading the docs, I'm speechless. Very nice."
  • "As you know, we appealed _________'s trial panel opinion to the Supreme Court. I'm not sure if you have seen it yet, but the opinion came out today - the Court dismissed the case! _________ is thrilled and wanted me to send you his sincerest thanks. Your testimony was great and the Court even favorably refers to you. _________ and I all want to express our thanks for your assistance in this matter. I look forward to working with you again."
  • "Susan is someone who treats her client's cause as if it were her own. I have known her in the courtroom, boardroom, and in the sporting field. Susan brings the same level of intensity to all of her endeavours. A person should consider themselves fortunate to have her as a lawyer, and more fortunate to call her ‘friend.'"
  • "Susan - The white flag has been flown! Hiring you must have scared the ____ out of them!!!! Please call at your convenience. Thanks."
  • "Thank you so much for all your guidance and counsel in seeing it through. We have a very good settlement thanks to your insight and negotiating skills. Really appreciate it!"
  • "Thanks so much for everything. We are fortunate to have a strong and an astute person like you on our side. You were firm and patient all through their back-tracking and threats and got us a very happy ending."
  • "Susan is a total rock star and we are so grateful for the assistance. We would still be in a quagmire without your help, Susan."
  • "... just a big thank you, Susan, for your help. We were lost before your guidance and wouldn't be in a position to move forward with out organization without you."
  • "Susan has been a tremendous and an indispensable asset to our business."
  • "You are expert, precise and efficient. Wish I could say the same for all attorneys!"
  • "Thank you, you all were very fair and extremely helpful to me. I very much appreciate the great work provided by you and Scott. Things are going really well for us -- now it's onward and upward!"
  • "Great job! Wonderful to work with you! Thank you!"
  • "... thank you for the tremendous support."
  • "Believe me, and I'm sure you already know, it's not easy finding attorneys that think strategically. You were great."
  • "You are a huge blessing to us. Thank you!"
  • "I just wanted to thank you very much for the very professional and efficient manner in which you handled my son's conflict, and it's very nice to bring it all to a close. I know it was kind of a small job for you to take care of, and you carry a very high, prestigious resume. I'm very happy you were able to take care of our problem. Thanks very much and have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year."
  • "Your advice was invaluable in guiding us... It was perhaps the best and clearest legal advice I have ever received."
  • "I know we are not there yet or out of the woods but thanks. Thanks for always listening, helping, guiding and keeping this on track. _____ and I are new to this sort of thing and you and your team have done great."
  • " ...you slayed THE ultimate dragon, to wit,____________!!!! Many before you have tried but, only you once again confirmed the pen and the sword are formidable weapons (I guess I should add intellect to this arsenal). Knighthood and sainthood are surely in your futures as uncomfortable as they may be... Many thanks."
  • "Fantastic news, Susan! Thank you for taking such good care of ___________ and putting this whole mess behind ____________. We were lucky to have you join our team to bring us over the finish line with a victory."
  • "Your latest iteration is beautifully crafted and perfectly acceptable to ________ and __________... We remain most grateful for your obvious eclat, steadfast hand of patience, and especially good humor in these proceedings."
  • "How well I remember that fateful day on which our journey began, and the troubled emotions that were raging through a stormy and fearful past, yet still with fragile hopes of literally surviving. After the start of our brief exchanges, I was so distinctively reminded of Henry V trying to rally the troops by urging them onward: "Once more unto the breach, my friends, once more". In other words you held our tentative hands, said fear not, and gave a sense of hope. Along the challenging legal thoroughfare you diligently encouraged us to work for an endpoint of settlement, which, as you well know, I never thought could happen. Your continual patience, thoughtfulness, and insight into the emotions of two wounded soldiers struggling from PTSD was just immeasurable. There is one other inimitable thing that you evidenced that settlement day in the court antechamber, and that is something very special and that is kindness. That will not be forgotten. As you walked away that icy February day in your black overcoat while we knocked on the judge's door, I remember looking back at your receding figure thinking how profoundly fortunate we were to have lived through our ordeal under your beneficent wing."
  • "I want to express my sincere appreciation for everything you have done in defending me against an alleged securities fraud. As I related to you, my prior very limited experience with the legal profession left something to be desired. There was never a question in my mind that your intelligent, diligent pursuit of my interests was paramount."
  • "Ms. Eggum, as you well know, is incredibly capable and her assertive nature nurtured our confidence early on. We think she's terrific as an attorney and as a person."
  • "Dear Susan, we are very grateful for your kindness and friendship. May God watch over you like you watch over us. Thank you."
  • "I noted from your bill that you had written off a portion of your time devoted to the mediation. I thought you did excellent work throughout and while I appreciate the gesture, I believe you should be paid for all of your good efforts. Again, I very much appreciate your excellent efforts on our firm's behalf."