As I was growing up, I watched the every day people around me often struggling to be heard. I remember as a teenager sitting with my sister in court for her criminal charges. She wanted to explain the circumstances, to have someone listen. But we sat and looked silently at the floor. I watched as people there were treated indifferently, as if they didn’t matter at all, including my sister. We were nobodies and I felt powerless. I decided right then that I would change that—I would become a voice for the voiceless—and decided to go to law school.
At the time I decided to go to law school, I didn’t know any lawyers—had never even met any lawyers (we surely couldn’t afford one). I just knew that it would give me at least the opportunity to stand up for the rights of regular citizens. I have spent the last twenty-nine years representing people who have been harmed or wronged. It is amazing how many times, while waiting on a jury verdict, my client has turned to me and said “Susan, regardless of how this turns out, you told my story and I got my day in court. I was heard and I thank you.” Each time has been a great gift to me. In each case, I learn not only about my client, but about myself. Sometimes I am frustrated with the process, but I have great faith in our jury system and am grateful for the chance to be a part of it. Everyone matters.
“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”—we can all step into each other’s shoes, even if for a moment.
- State Bar of Texas
- Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Personal Injury Trial Law since 1992
- United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
- United States District Court of Texas
- Northern Division
- Southern Division
- Eastern Division
- Western Division
- Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
- Supreme Court of the United States
Have been admitted to practice pro hac vice in California, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas
- Graduate, Texas Tech University School of Law (J.D. 1987)
- Associate Editor, Texas Tech Law Review
- Recipient, Judge Meade F. Griffin Award—given to the graduating law student, who, through industry, perseverance, integrity, and character, has best utilized the law school experience to improve and prepare for service to the profession and to mankind
- Graduate, Trial Lawyers College (2005)
- I attended Gerry Spence’s skills college at the TLC ranch in Wyoming, which is dedicated to “representing and obtaining justice for individuals; the poor, the injured, the forgotten, the voiceless, the defenseless and the damned, and to protecting the rights of such people from corporate and government oppression.”