Paralegal Profile: Suzanne “Sue” Carlstedt

Job Title: Owner of So “Sue” Me, LLC –  paralegal, private investigator and process server


Years of Paralegal Experience: 25


Education/Degrees:  Paralegal/Legal Assistant  certificate from Apollo College, in the process of obtaining dual B.S. degrees in Criminology and Psychology from Regis University 

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 Specialty Areas: Paralegal: Personal injury, medical malpractice, and wrongful death. Private investigations incuding background checks, criminal backgrounds, asset checks, due diligence, missing persons, adoption searches.  Process Serving:  All areas.


Career Highlight:  I was the paralegal on the first-ever wrongful death case in which a jury verdict was obtained against OSHA in Arizona for $1,000,000.  I have recently worked on a missing persons case which was very interesting and out of my usual realm.


Future Professional Goal:  It is fluid and I am enjoying every new thing we do.  I am hoping to incorporate my upcoming degrees into a full-service consulting firm for civil and criminal cases, including jury selection and investigations.



Paralegal Practice Tip: Always look at the case from the opposing view, it will help the attorney and the case more than you know!  I have always pointed out the weaknesses in a case as opposed to telling the attorney how great the claim is!


Favorite Way to Deal with Work-Related Stress:  I go antiquing with my best friend and hang out with my 16-year old daughter!


Greatest Strength As a Legal Professional:  I think my greatest strength is my ability to see things from many different angles and assist the attorneys and firms we deal with in many different ways.


Favorite Internet Resource:  I have so many resources that I use from pay-as-you-go services down to the freebies such as Facebook, you would be surprised at how many people you can find and find out dirt on from Facebook!  Watch what you put out there people!


Favorite Legal Software:  I don’t really have one favorite.

Favorite Social Media Site:  Facebook, for the reasons I stated above and because I get to see what all of my old and new friends are up to without having to take time for lunch!


Fun Fact:  I surf Craigslist on a daily basis!


Last Book You Read: Patricia Cornwell’s latest along with Janet Evanovich’s latest!


Cat or Dog Person:  I have a Manx cat named Murdoch, he is a large-boned feline who thinks he is as svelte as a ballet dancer and is Superman!

The gorgeous Murdoch


Recipe Your Family Begs You to Cook:  Oh I haven’t cooked “real” food in a while, I am the mother of a 16-year old girl, we do lots of frozen dinners!


One Gadget You Can’t Live Without:  Oh there are so many!  My phone is tops right now!


Favorite Quote:  Right now I love “Everyone is a genius.  But if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” – Albert Einstein

Paralegal/Legal Association Membership(s):  I belong to NALS of Southern Arizona, National Association of Private Investigators, Arizona Association of Process Servers, Arizona Association of Licensed Private Investigators, National Association of Notary Publics, and United States Association of Private Investigators.


Professional Link(s)www.sosuemellc.com

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