Susan B. Zaunbrecher Named 2016 YWCA Career Woman of Achievement

March 30, 2016News Releases

Dinsmore & Shohl LLP’s Susan B. Zaunbrecher has been named one of the 2016 YWCA Greater Cincinnati Career Women of Achievement. Zaunbrecher is among eight Cincinnati-area women whose collective career experiences, vision and leadership skills have contributed greatly to entrepreneurship, the private sector and the public sector.

Zaunbrecher is the chair of Dinsmore’s Corporate Department and the Business, Acquisitions and Securities practice group. Her practice focuses mainly on transactions, mergers and acquisitions and securities law primarily for financial institutions, but she also represents public and private manufacturing and service companies in many other industries. The YWCA described why Zaunbrecher was selected for this award.

Susan Zaunbrecher’s career at Dinsmore & Shohl LLP became a phenomenon of “firsts” the moment she accepted a position as an associate in the law firm’s corporate transactions group – her first job right out of law school. Since then, she has served as Dinsmore’s first woman department chair, and the first woman on the Executive Committee. Since 2008, she is the first woman in the firm’s 108-year-history to serve as Chair of the Corporate Department, overseeing nearly 200 legal professionals in six states and Washington D.C., as well as the firm’s tripling in size over the past several years. She also is the Chair of the Business, Acquisitions and Securities Practice Group. Known equally for her mentorship of other female attorneys and her legal acumen in financial transactions, mergers and acquisitions, Zaunbrecher’s clients include Fifth Third Bank, Lexmark International, The Limited, Chemed Corporation and other companies. She also is general counsel to the Music Hall Revitalization Company, overseeing the $130 million renovation of Cincinnati Music Hall. Zaunbrecher founded and chairs Dinsmore Cincinnati Women’s Initiative, a program to bring together women attorneys for mentoring, networking and social endeavors.

Examples of Leadership

  • Founder, Member and former Chair, Dinsmore Professional Development Committee
  • 2015 Girl Scouts of Western Ohio Woman of Distinction
  • Nominating Committee, Cincinnati Bar Association

Community Involvement

  • Board of Trustees, Executive Committee, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
  • Board of Trustees, Executive Committee, University of Cincinnati Economics Center
  • Corporate Committee, Cincinnati Art Museum

Zaunbrecher and the other award recipients will be honored at the 37th Annual YWCA Career Women of Achievement Luncheon on May 11, in the grand ballroom of the Duke Energy Convention Center. This event is the single largest fundraiser for the YWCA Greater Cincinnati, a 147-year-old organization. Proceeds from the event directly sponsor the YWCA community-wide programs serving more than 35,000 women and families. For information on the luncheon, visit

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