Suzanne Brunsting

150 Allens Creek Rd
Rochester, New York 14618
United States
Office Phone: 585-244-4239
Member since 2004
Membership Type: IACP


Lawyer, Mediator

As a collaborative lawyer and settlement advocate, I help divorcing clients reach good, long-lasting agreements paying close attention to what they care about most. With guidance from caring and experienced collaborative professionals, couples can divorce intelligently and creatively, considerate of one another and of their children.
I offer training for collaborative professionals - please refer to the Trainers Directory for further information and references.

Area(s) of Practice: Matrimonial and Family Law, Mediation, Teaching, Training
License(s): Juris Doctor ~State Bar of New York

Professional Activities

Past President of the Collaborative Law Association of the Rochester Area, Inc. ~Past President of the Rochester Chapter of Inns of Court ~Named in 'Best Lawyers in America' for more than thirty years ~Named Best Family Law Mediator in Rochester, NY ~AV rated Martindale-Hubbell ~Named Top 50 Superlawyers/Top 25 Women Superlawyers in Upstate New York

Undergraduate Education

University of Arizona 1972

Professional Education

University of Arizona JD 1981


With thirty-four years of experience as a lawyer, my practice has been limited to collaborative law and mediation since 2003. Our Rochester community is home to a dedicated group of lawyers, mental health professionals, mediators and financial specialists; I was the first president and continue to be involved as an active member of our Association. <br> <br>Because I believe that the public should be given the opportunity to choose a process for resolving their disputes that honors their participation and trusts their ability to make the best decisions for themselves, I will continue to speak on behalf of the collaborative process - any where and any time there is an opportunity. I take part in teaching introductory collaborative practice and advanced skills. <br>
Training Offered

I offer Advanced one and two day learning opportunites, Intermediate one and two day trainings and a two day Introductory Training, working closely with other trainers to address the specific needs of the community. If group funds are limited, I will work with experienced practitioners in the hosting group to build an interdisciplinary training team.
Not adhering to any one model of practice or training, I embrace the concept of encouraging professionals to work in concert to help families in crisis learn to resolve conflicts respectfully.

Training Conducted

Two Day Introductory Collaborative Training. This introductory intensive training is intended to help participants understand the basic and profound shift in thinking, focus and intention needed to represent clients in the collaborative process. We include lecture, discussion, demonstration and role-play. The professionals, working and learning together are forming the basis for collaborative practice groups in the communities where I have trained. One and Two Day Advanced Collaborative Trainings are prepared for collaborative professionals who have attended a basic training and have had some experience working in this process. They recognize the need for ongoing learning opportunities and are eager to increase their competence and confidence as collaborative practitioners.

Collaborative Training Offered

Between 2002 and 2015, I have conducted:
Forty-nine (49) Two-Day Introductory Trainings - both Basic and Interdisciplinary):
New York: New York City, Westchester, Rockland, Syracuse, Ithaca, Bath, Rochester, Rome, Utica, Albany, Buffalo; Rockville, MD; Washington, DC; Kitchener/Waterloo, London, Toronto, Belleville, Ontario CA; Anchorage, AK; Annapolis MD; Pittsburgh, PA; Greensburg, PA, State College, PA, Erie, PA, Niagara Falls, NY and
Twenty-five (25) One and Two-Day Advanced Trainings:
Across New York and Ontario, CA; Albuquerque, NM; Ellicott City, MD; Anchorage, AK; Pittsburgh, PA; Hancock, MA,
(with Stu Webb, Marion Korn, Stuart Levison, Donna Maier, Beth Danehy, Mariette Geldenhuys and Mary McNeish Stengel)

Collaborative Training Reference

Darcy A. Shoop, Esq. (301) 838-3228 Rockville, MD;
Wendy S. Gould, Esq. (607) 776-4164 Bath, NY;
David R. Murch, Esq. (585) 671-4473 Rochester, NY