The CCBA Board of Directors is comprised of trustees and officers elected by the members annually, the CCBA immediate past presient, and a representative from the Clark County Volunteer Lawyers Program. Trustees serve staggered three year terms and officers serve one year terms that run from September through August of the following year. Current CCBA officers and trustees are:
Phone: (360) 735-9434
Suzan Clark obtained both her bachelors degree and law degree from the University of Oregon, making her a proud “Double Duck.” She began her legal career as a deputy district attorney in LaGrande, Oregon and later worked as a deputy prosecuting attorney in both Cowlitz and Clark Counties. In 1994 she entered into private practice emphasizing criminal defense, appellate work and family law. She served as a bar examiner for the Washington State Bar for seven years. She has served on numerous bar committees and as president of the Clark County Criminal Defense Bar. She volunteers regularly with the Y.W.C.A. Legal Clinic. She has traveled to 84 countries and is an avid basketball fan.
Phone: (360) 859-3823
Jane Clark has 20 years of experience handling medical malpractice and personal injury actions. She is licensed in Washington, Oregon, England and Wales. The focus of her current practice is representing plaintiffs in medical malpractice cases. Jane is also a mediator in the area of Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice, and is a member of the USA&M mediation panel.
Phone: (360) 737-6793
Arin has experience representing clients in a wide range of civil litigation and transactional matters. Arin has worked with a variety of clients, ranging from individuals to Fortune 500 corporations. In Seattle, Arin worked with the law firm of McDonald & Quackenbush, P.S. and its merger partner, Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis LLP and for technology companies such as Microsoft and Optiva. Arin graduated from the University of Washington School of Law in 1997. While in law school Arin worked for U.S. District Court Judge William Dwyer in Seattle and Washington State Supreme Court Justice Phillip Talmadge. Arin also volunteered as a Mediator, worked on the law school’s Admissions Committee, and received the Best Brief Award during the Faulknor Appellate Advocacy Competition. Arin received his undergraduate degree from the University of Oregon where he graduated with honors from the International Studies and Political Science departments and received the Dean’s Award for Service. Arin speaks Spanish.
Phone: (360) 695-8181
J.D. Nellor was admitted to to practice law in the State of Washington in 1979. He is also admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington (1979), the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington (1997), the United States Tax Court (1993) and the United States Court Of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (1985). He is certified by the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington as a Rule 39.1 Neutral. Born and raised in Vancouver, Washington, J.D. attended Harney Elementary School, McLoughlin Junior High School, Hudsons Bay High School and Clark College (A.A. 1971). He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Portland (B.A. cum laude 1973), and his legal education from the University of Tulsa, College of Law (J.D. 1978), where he was a member of its National Moot Court team and was admitted to the Order of Barristers, a national award for excellence in advocacy. He currently focuses his practice on small businesses, reorganizations, bankruptcy litigation, and dispute resolution through mediation, arbitration and negotiation.
Phone: (360) 695-7909
Laura L. Mancuso graduated from the University of Oregon in 1990 with a double major in Political Science and Psychology, and graduated from Gonzaga University School of Law in 1997. Ms. Mancuso has been a member of the Washington State Bar since 1997 and a member of the Oregon State Bar since 2002. She has also been a member of the Air Force Reserve since 1986, first enlisted and then as a commissioned officer. Ms. Mancuso’s practice areas include criminal defense, DUI, traffic offenses, vacating and sealing convictions, family law, probate and estate planning.
Phone: (503) 595-5300
Rick Mc Leod focuses his practice on intellectual property litigation, including managing international litigation strategies involving impeachment, revocation, reexamination, and opposition proceedings. Mr. McLeod received his LL.M. in Media, Communications, and Information Technology from the University of New South Wales in 2000, a J.D. from the University of Texas in 2000, a B.S. in Engineering from Stanford University in 1987 and a B.S. in Electronics Technology from the University of Houston in 1981. He is admitted to practice in the States of Washington (2009), Oregon (2002) and Texas (2000), and to the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Mr. Mc Leod has sixteen years experience working on three continents for companies and clients such as Hewlett-Packard, McDonnell Douglas, Martin Marietta, and McDonald Dettwiler. His technical expertise includes diverse applications such as: Space Shuttle avionics and payload test systems, aeronautical information systems, geographical information systems, network architecture, Internet and web protocols, electronic commerce, and applied cryptography.
Phone: (360) 696-3312
Jill Sasser’s practice emphasizes estate planning, trust and estate administration, and guardianships. She blends skilled professional representation with a commitment to compassionate personal service, often representing clients with trying family circumstances. Jill values the relationships she builds with her clients and enjoys using practical tools to solve problems and offer creative solutions. Her positive approach focuses on presenting options that achieve the clients’ objectives. Jill is a graduate of the University of Oregon School of Law (J.D. 2005) and earned her undergraduate degree at Peperdine University (B.S. 2002). She is admitted to practice in the States of Washington and Oregon.
Immediate Past President
Phone: (360) 397-2261
John Fairgrieve is a Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney with the Clark County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley, a law degree from the University of Oregon School of Law, and a Masters Degree in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College. He has been a prosecutor since 1994 and is currently the team leader for the Major Crimes Unit of the Clark County Prosecuting Attorneys Office. As such he supervises attorneys who prosecute homicides, robberies, rapes and other violent crimes. He previously supervised the Drug Unit and the General Felony Unit of the Prosecutors Office. Mr. Fairgrieve served in the United States Marine Corps on both active duty and in the reserves and retired in March of 2009 with the rank of colonel.