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 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 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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