Susan Russo Klein


Susan is experienced in helping employers, businesses and nonprofits of all sizes resolve employment law issues and create strong business contracts. As former in-house counsel, Susan understands the needs of general counsel and other C-suite executives.

Susan advises organizations of all sizes on challenging employment issues, from training and compliance to defending labor audits and discrimination complaints. Her business experience includes negotiating and drafting contracts, including service agreements, commercial leases and acquisitions.

Susan has lived in Asheville for more than 20 years. She is active in the community, serving on the Greater Asheville Regional Airport Authority, serving on the Executive Committee as Secretary for the Buncombe County Bar, and participating in the North Carolina Bar Association’s Call 4All. She has served on numerous boards in the Asheville area.


  • Buncombe County Bar, Member, 2000 – Present
  • North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys, Member, 2012 – 2014
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Member, Corporate Counsel and Real Property Sections, 2012 – Present
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Small Firm Pro Bono Service Award, 2012
  • North Carolina Pro Bono Honor Society, 2020

Awards and Accolades

  • Business North Carolina magazine’s Legal Elite: Employment, 2022 – Present

New OSHA COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards

On November 4, 2021, OSHA published its much-anticipated Emergency Temporary Standards regarding COVID-19.  The new ETS requires private employers with 100 or more employees to: By December 5, 2021: Provide up to four hours of paid time off for em … Read More >