Suzanne P. Sutherland

  • 171 Monroe Avenue N.W.
    Suite 1000
    Grand Rapids, MI 49503-2694

Suzanne P. Sutherland is an associate in the Grand Rapids office of Barnes & Thornburg, where she is a member of the firm’s Real Estate Department. Ms. Sutherland focuses her practice in the areas of development and construction matters and the acquisition, leasing, sale, and financing of real property.

Ms. Sutherland counsels 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. In addition to construction matters, she has experience counseling a range of clients on business planning, contract review, negotiation and preparation.

Ms. Sutherland 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, and alternative dispute resolution as it relates to construction, commercial, and real estate matters. She has frequently served as a guest lecturer at Wayne State University Law School.

Active in her community, Ms. Sutherland was vice chair of the Environment, Energy, and Resource Section and is a member of the Construction Law Forum of the American Bar Association. She is a member of the Grand Rapids Bar Association and is involved with the Grand Rapids Community Foundation and the U.S. Green Building Council. Outside of work, Ms. Sutherland volunteers with Grand Rapids Public Schools by serving on the advisory council of the Grand Rapids Academy of Design and Construction and as a mentor to high school students.

She earned her J.D., cum laude, from Wayne State University Law School, where she was Order of the Coif and the production editor of the Wayne Law Review. She earned her B.B.A. in human resource management from Grand Valley State University.

Ms. Sutherland is admitted to practice in Michigan, as well as before the U.S. District Courts for the Western and Eastern Districts of Michigan.