Susan concentrates her practice in the areas of business, employment and insurance litigation and appellate advocacy. She represents businesses and individuals in commercial and other civil litigation, including contract disputes, torts, trade secret and non-competition issues, as well as various employment claims, including discrimination, unemployment, and workers' compensation claims. She also represents insurance companies defending first and third party litigation, bad faith and agent misconduct. Susan has also handled criminal appellate appointments in the Second District Court of Appeals and habeas corpus appointments in the sixth circuit.
Prior to joining Dinsmore, she served as judicial staff attorney for Judge James A. Brogan of the Ohio Court of Appeals for the Second Appellate District, where she researched and drafted approximately 120 appellate opinions in all areas of the law, including criminal, civil, probate and domestic relations matters. During law school, Susan clerked for Judge David G. Sunderland in the Montgomery County Common Pleas Court, researching and drafting over 100 decisions on various civil and criminal motions. She served as an acting judge in Montgomery County Municipal Court, where she presided over misdemeanor and traffic violations, felony arraignments, civil trials and weddings.
Prior to law school, Susan spent nine years working as an insurance adjuster for a property and casualty company in Atlanta, assisting victims of natural disasters, fires and other catastrophes.
In addition to her practice, she is actively involved in her community. Susan has been an adjunct professor at the University of Dayton School of Law teaching Appellate Advocacy for 13 years, as well as occasionally teaching Road to Bar Passage. She is currently a member of both the Board of Trustees of Legal Aid of Western Ohio and Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, organizations that provide legal assistance to the underprivileged in 32 counties in Western Ohio. Susan is also immediate past president of the Dayton Bar Association Board of Trustees.
She is a Dayton native, graduating from Kettering Fairmont High School in 1986. She and her family now reside in Huber Heights.
- University of Dayton School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1999)
- Dayton Law Review
- Moot Court
- Oglethorpe University (B.A., magna cum laude, 1994)
- U.S. Supreme Court
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
- Legal Aid of Western Ohio, Board of Trustees, past president
- Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Board of Trustees, past president
- Dayton Bar Association
- Board of Trustees, immediate past president
- Women in Law Forum, co-chair
- Appellate Committee, vice chair
- Ohio State Bar Association
- Dayton Bar Association Inn of Court
- Ohio Rising Star®
- Who's Who in Law by the Dayton Business Journal