Susan M. Swick
Susan Swick is a partner in the firm and is certified as a Specialist in Family Law by the State Bar of Arizona. During her first ten years of practicing law, she represented clients in the areas of commercial transactions and commercial and employment law litigation. Since then she has combined that transactional and litigation experience to focus her practice in all areas of family law, including complex financial and business valuation issues in divorces, custody and parenting time issues, paternity cases, premarital and cohabitation agreements, appellate matters and other family law related matters.
Susan is named in Best Lawyers in America and in Super Lawyers of the Southwest in Family Law. She obtained her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Psychology from Southern Methodist University in Dallas and her law degree from Arizona State University School of Law. She is admitted to the Bar in Arizona and Texas (inactive) and to the Federal Court for the District of Arizona.
Susan was the first Chair and then a member for several years of the State Bar of Arizona Family Law Practice and Procedure Standing Committee and is a past Council Member of the Executive Council of the Arizona Bar Association Family Law Section. In addition to the State Bar Family Law Section, she is a member of the American Bar Association and the Maricopa County Bar Association Family Law Sections. Her other professional activities have included being a Commissioner and then Chair of the Disciplinary Commission of the Arizona Supreme Court, serving on the Ethics Committee and Peer Review Committee of the State Bar of Arizona, the Maricopa County Spousal Maintenance Guidelines Committee, the Minorities-in-Law Committee and Judicial Evaluation Committee of the County Bar Association. She was a Member of the Sandra Day O’Connor Inn of Court and was one of twenty women lawyers in a People-to-People Delegation touring the People’s Republic of China and the Soviet Union.
Susan is a founding member, past President and member since its inception of the Arizona Women Lawyers Association. She has served twice as a Judge Pro Tempore on the Arizona Court of Appeals. She provides counsel to lawyers in the disciplinary system on behalf of the AZ Association of Defense Counsel. She has been a practice monitor for the State Bar and is a mentor to young lawyers through the Family Law Section.
Susan has been committed to community and familial involvement during her professional life, including currently sitting on Phoenix Police Department Disciplinary and Use of Force Boards as a civilian member. She coached the Central High School Mock Trial Team for four years, was on the Valley Big Brothers Big Sisters Donation Center Advisory Board of Directors, the Phoenix Zoo Marketing Committee and the Phoenix Board of the Arizona Theatre Company.
Over the years Susan has been a frequent speaker at seminars focusing on family law matters and ethics and professional responsibility.