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Susan Millican O'Brian

  • About
  • Professional Associations & Memberships
  • Susan Millican O'Brian J.D.Susan Millican O'Brian

    As the founder of O’Brian & Associates, I practiced exclusively in the area of family law since 1986. During that time I gained extensive experience representing clients in dissolution cases involving high-value assets, such as retirement pensions, real property, and stock awards, and helping clients navigate the difficult issues of child custody, child support, and spousal maintenance. Fighting for my clients has been, and continues to be, something to which I am whole-heartedly dedicated, however, I am no longer practicing law full-time and am thrilled to pass the baton to our new CEO and Managing Partner, Kristofer D. Leavitt.

    Mr. Leavitt’s ideals and dedication to his clients mirror my own and he has broad legal experience that only brings added depth to O’Brian & Associates. Mr. Leavitt worked for several well-known, and well-respected national law firms before taking the reins at O’Brian & Associates and, with him at the helm, I am confident O’Brian & Associates will remain committed to its clients as it continues to pay meticulous attention to detail, provide unwavering advocacy, and offer unmatched dedication to professionalism.

    10 Best Female Attorneys 2016 Seal of the United States Supreme Court
  • Professional Associations & Memberships

    • American Bar Association and Family Law Section Member
    • Washington State Bar Association and Family Law Section Member

  • Testimonials

    "Supportive. My experience with Susan Millican O'Brian and her firm has shown me that there are lawyers who care about the clients. Susan did not represent me in court but did lend assistance and support when needed. One specific time was when my attorney had to be out of town. The opposing party tried to slip in some exhibits last minute knowing my lawyer was out of town. Susan contacted me from her home after hours to make sure I was made aware of what was going on and also made sure I knew what it all meant. Susan and her firm have stood by me and my family throughout my custody hearing. Their support has been extremely reassuring in this unbearable situation." -J.P. - Federal Way

    "Dedicated and Hard Working. I came to the O'Brian & Associates with an extremely difficult parenting action that needed some major changes. I knew going into this process that the odds were against me, although, I had confidence that if anyone could succeed and persuade a Commissioner/Judge to listen to my position, it would be this team. They are very thorough in their research and they wholeheartedly believe in what they do. The result of their hard work was very favorable for my daughter and I. I am so thankful to this team and the changes they were able to make for my life and my family. Everyone associated with this office has always gone above and beyond what I expected. If I had a question there was always someone who knew about my case and was able to get the answer I needed. They treated me with respect and were honest, and from day one exceeded my all my expectations. I would highly recommend Susan's office to everyone." -N.M. - Sammamish

    "Professional Team - Handles with Care. I am so grateful to Susan and her team. They handled my divorce case very professionally. They handled me, during such an emotional time, with care and respect. Everything was explained to me thoroughly - including my bill. If I ever had a question or a concern, the office was a phone call away, and promptly answered my questions. I found Susan very ethical - a huge difference from some of the lawyers I have used in the past, and those a few of my colleagues have used for their divorces. Let me say this: If you are going through a divorce, and especially if you are a woman, do yourself a favor and get a good lawyer with an experienced team. You will not regret it - even if it costs you a bit more. I look back at my divorce, and I realize what a fragile state I was in - it was a relief to trust my lawyer - to know my case was being handled effectively. I wholeheartedly recommend Susan Millican O'Brian's office." -C.R. - San Francisco

    " Excellent Lawyer Supported by a Great Team. Susan is an extremely focused and driven individual who is fair, honest and an absolute joy to work with. She and her team did a wonderful job under very difficult circumstances. If you want to be represented by someone who genuinely cares about you and your case, look no further!" -P.W. - Redmond

    " An Excellent Attorney. Susan is an experienced, thorough professional in her field that also brings a heartfelt, compassion-based intangible that is rare, yet welcomed; particularly in divorce proceedings. Her counsel was usually spot on. I cannot recommend her more highly." -T.L. - Mill Creek

  • Education

    • University of Puget Sound School of Law, Tacoma, Washington
      • J.D.
    • Metropolitan State College of Denver, Denver, Colorado
      • B.S., Business Administration
  • Bar Admissions

    • Washington, 1986
    • U.S. District Court Western Division, 1986
    • U.S. Supreme Court, 2016
  • Professional Associations & Memberships

    • American Bar Association and Family Law Section and Law Office Management Section, Member
    • Washington State Bar Association and Family Law Section, Member
    • King County Bar Association and Family Law Section, Member
    • East King County Bar Association and Family Law Section, Member
    • Snohomish County Bar Association and Family Law Section, Member
    • King County Collaborative Law
    • Collaborative Professionals Of Washington
    • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
    • National Association of Professional Women
  • Class/Seminars

    • Teacher, Dissolution, Edmonds Community College, Paralegal Program, 2001
    • Unbundled Legal Services, Seattle University Law School, 2004
  • Representative Cases

    • In Re Marriage of Jorgensen (WA State Court of Appeals)

    Representative Clients

    • In Re Marriage of Jorgensen (WA State Court of Appeals)


    • The National Advocates Top 100 Lawyers
    • National Association of Professional Women - VIP Woman of the Year Circle
    • Lead Counsel Rated in Family Law, 2015
    • Cambridge Who’s Who
    • Certificate of Appreciation - King County Superior Court – In Appreciation of Your Assistance With Pro Se Litigants – 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007
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