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Laura J. Black joined Craig Swapp & Associates after practicing law for 13 years as an associate and partner at a mid-size regional firm, where she focused primarily on employment and business litigation and participated in firm leadership. Laura has a passion for advocacy, and she brings that enthusiasm to our firm.
Laura grew up in a very small town in Central Washington and very much believed that she would be a famous Broadway singer when she grew up. Instead, after graduating with the highest honors from Eastern Washington University and earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology and philosophy, Laura worked as a paralegal for a criminal defense attorney in Spokane, who strongly encouraged her to go to law school. Laura took his good advice and enrolled in Gonzaga University School of Law, where she performed well in oral advocacy competitions and received the highest grade in many of her law school courses, graduating summa cum laude. Following graduation, Laura clerked for the Honorable Stephen Brown at Division III of the Washington State Court of Appeals before beginning private practice. Laura counts herself very lucky to be able to help people navigate the legal system on a daily basis.
When she is not working, Laura can be found cooking, singing loudly (at home), online shopping, binge-watching true crime documentaries and, most importantly, hanging out with her husband and son.