Suzanne Sutherland advises entities and individuals on real estate, construction and environmental law matters. Her goal for every matter is to provide actionable solutions for even the most multilayered or complex challenges her clients face.
Suzanne focuses her practice in the areas of real estate development and construction matters, as well as on the acquisition, leasing, sale and financing of real property. In addition, she advises clients on environmental compliance and enforcement (including air quality and chemical regulation); remediation, corrective action and voluntary cleanups; environmental diligence for commercial and real estate brownfields transactions; and wetlands permits.
Suzanne has experience counseling a range of clients on business planning, contract review, negotiation and preparation. She strives to continuously provide thoughtful and practical legal counsel to individuals, privately held and publicly owned businesses, developers, construction companies, property management companies, landlords and tenants on all of their real estate-related transactions.
Suzanne lectures and writes on construction law topics including Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) compliance, the Michigan Construction Lien Act, the Builders Trust Fund Act, various environmental issues.
She also speaks on alternative dispute resolution as it relates to construction, commercial and real estate matters. Notably, Suzanne has frequently served as a guest lecturer at Wayne State University Law School.
Professional and Community Involvement
Former vice chair, American Bar Association Environment, Energy, and Resource Section
Member, American Bar Association Construction Law Forum
Member, ASTM International Committee E50 on Environmental Assessment, Risk Management and Corrective Action
Member, Grand Rapids Bar Association
Member, Grand Rapids Community Foundation
Member, U.S. Green Building Council
Volunteer and mentor, Grand Rapids Public Schools
Advisory council member, Grand Rapids Academy of Design and Construction