Susan Kurtz, the founder of Resolution Place, is experienced in all areas of litigation based on her years of practice as a lawyer first in Alberta since 1988, then in British Columbia. Since 1993, she has successfully brought cases before all levels of court in British Columbia including the Court of Appeal of British Columbia, the Supreme Court of British Columbia and the Provincial Court of British Columbia. Because of her experience before the courts, Susan is a firm believer that collaborative practice, and mediation and arbitration are healthier choices for conflict resolution for almost everybody. She has much firsthand experience about how the litigation process can cause lasting and permanent financial and emotional harm to families. As a result, Susan sought out a better way to serve her clients and meet their needs by completing extensive further legal education to become a certified family law mediator, a qualified arbitrator and a collaborative lawyer. For more than 15 years, Susan has carried the message to her Kootenay community of a more dignified, peaceful and less expensive way to resolve conflict than taking every dispute into the courtroom. Her passion is working with people who have a firm intention to resolve conflict with respect.
Before graduating from law school, Susan taught high school science and math in Calgary and in Jamaica, and she reflects with fond nostalgia of her time in the classroom. Before relocating to Nelson in 1992, Susan gained valuable experience working with two large Calgary law firms – McLeod Dixon, and the firm of Fennerty, Robertson, Fraser and Hatch. While grateful for all the experience gained, Susan also developed a solid personal belief that a healthy lifestyle is much more important than money.