About Us

Russell Goetcheus & Associates is a small general practice firm located in the heart of downtown Raleigh. We pride ourselves on efficient and quality client care and will work to protect your interests and rights.

Meet our Raleigh Attorneys

Kathie Russell

Kathie Russell, Raleigh AttorneyKathie L. Russell is the founding and managing partner of Russell Goetcheus & Associates, P.C.. She concentrates her practice in Real Estate, Business, Entertainment and Contract Law.

Kathie graduated from UNC Chapel Hill School of Law in 1994, where she was a member of Holderness Moot Court Negotiation Team. In 2006, she was elected to the Chatham County Board of Education and currently serves as its chair. She serves on the board of directors for ChathamArts and Shakori Hills Grassroots Music Festival, as well as various local and political committees and boards.

Kathie has three children, Greyson, Zoe and Kalie and enjoys spending time with them, reading, gardening, snow skiing, water skiing and travelling.


B.A. – University of South Florida – Political Science, 1991
J.D. – University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill School of Law, 1994

Professional Affiliations

North Carolina Bar Association
North Carolina State Bar
Chatham County Board of Education

Susan Goetcheus

susan-headshot-500x500Susan L. Goetcheus received her B.A. in Philosophy, with a minor in Religion, from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1989. She received her J.D., cum laude, from North Carolina Central University School of Law in 2006. During law school, Ms. Goetcheus was a member of the Law Journal, a constitutional law research assistant and interned at the North Carolina Court of Appeals for the Honorable Martha A. Geer.

Ms. Goetcheus is a board certified family law specialist.  Ninety percent of Ms. Goetcheus’ practice is devoted to family law, including child custody, child support, alimony, equitable distribution, absolute divorce, domestic violence, termination of parental rights, adoptions, separation agreements, property settlements and prenuptial agreements. She prides herself on being responsive to the needs of her clients by returning phone calls promptly, billing efficiently and litigating effectively. Ms. Goetcheus represents individuals pro bono through Project Together and the Volunteer Lawyers Program. She lives with her husband, Richard Marshall, their three children, Matilda, Lucy and Harry and their three dogs, Otis, Ziggy and Daisy.

Areas of practice

Board Certified Family Law Specialist
Property and Business Litigation

Bar admissions

North Carolina Bar Association
North Carolina State Bar

Pro Bono Activities

Project Together, 2006 – Present
Volunteer Lawyers Program 2006 – Present


North Carolina Central School of Law, Durham, North Carolina 2006, J.D.
Honors: Member, North Carolina Central Law Journal, 2004-2005
Virginia Commonwealth University B.A. 1989
Major: Philosophy

Professional Associations and Memberships

10th Judicial District, 2006 – Present
North Carolina Bar Association, 2006 – Present
Wake County Bar Association, 2006 – Present
Family Law Section of North Carolina Advocates for Justice 2005 – Present

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Jennifer D. Probasco

Jenn's headshot 3Jennifer D. Probasco received her J.D., from Nova Southeastern University with Pro Bono Honors. During law school she was a member of the Public Interest Law Society, the Environmental Law Society, the Criminal Law Society, Florida Association of Women Lawyers, Business Law Association, and Phi Alpha Delta. Ms. Probasco attended Elon University School of Law as a Third Year visiting student and interned with Legal Aid of North Carolina in Greensboro, NC.

Ms. Probasco is a general practitioner handling a variety of legal matters. Some of her practice areas include criminal defense and traffic matters, Juvenile abuse and neglect, personal injury and worker’s compensation, labor and employment matters, Social Security disability, insurance matters, health law, landlord and tenant matters, immigration, civil rights and general civil litigation.

She lives with her husband, three year old son, and a border collie named Mia. In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys completing DIY home improvement projects, sewing, and spending time being a mommy.
Ms. Probasco can be contacted at 919-754-3904.

Bar & Courts of Admissions

North Carolina Bar Association
North Carolina State Bar
U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of North Carolina
U.S. District Court in the Middle District of North Carolina


Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center J.D. 2012, Pro Bono Honors
Art Institute at Miami International University A. A. 2005
Major: Design
North Carolina State University B.A. 2004
Major: History

Professional Associations and Memberships

10th Judicial District
North Carolina Bar Association