Susan Ciaravella, Attorney Bio
Susan earned a B.A. in Psychology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas and went on to attend Loyola University New Orleans, School of Law, graduating in the top of her 2003 law school class. Susan began her legal training during law school working as a law clerk in the civil insurance defense and criminal practice areas.
Following licensure by the Louisiana State Bar in 2003, she began a private law practice in New Orleans where she focused exclusively on Criminal Law. She has gained extensive trial experience working for over 13 years as a litigator the private and public sectors in both State and Federal Court. She has experience as a criminal prosecutor, criminal defense attorney, a civil defense attorney, and as a family law attorney.
Her wide range of litigation experience allows her to consider many different legal strategies while navigating the legal system.
Susan has a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and has Graduate level educational training in the field of Counseling. She is well-informed in recognizing the various psychosocial issues that arise within the context of the court system and has experience navigating cases that involve mental health diagnoses, substance abuse, alcoholism, and addiction. Susan recognizes how these issues can play an integral part in lives of her clients and their families who become involved in the legal system. In some cases, identifying local resources to help address and manage these issues is often an important step towards resolution.
In 2012, Susan relocated to Asheville, North Carolina. She runs a small litigation practice that allows her to personally serve each individual client. She handles family law and criminal law litigation and serves clients as a child custody mediator.
Susan is available for legal consultations or mediation in her Downtown Asheville Office, by appointment only. Phone or video conferences are available for those who do not reside locally.
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Susan spends her free time kayaking on the beautiful rivers and creeks that surround the Asheville area.