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Introduction to the President

Michelle R. Suskauer is the president of The Florida Bar for 2018-19. She is the sixth woman to serve as Bar president and is the first former public defender to hold the office.

Suskauer is a partner with Dimond Kaplan & Rothstein, P.A., in West Palm Beach, where she heads the criminal defense practice. She practices in state and federal courts. She has been a member of The Florida Bar’s Board of Governors since 2010 and has chaired the Board Disciplinary Review Committee, Board Strategic Planning Committee, the Board Communications Committee and the 2013 Annual Convention Committee and she has served on the Executive Committee for the past four years. She has served as president of the Palm Beach County Bar Association and the Florida Association for Women Lawyers-Palm Beach County Chapter, and she is currently president of the Board of Directors of the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County.

Suskauer earned a B.S. from Boston University in 1988 and her J.D. from American University in 1991. She began her legal career at the Office of the 15th Circuit Public Defender in West Palm Beach. In 1997, she joined her husband, Scott Suskauer, at Suskauer Law Firm, P.A.

Suskauer is a nationally recognized legal analyst. She has earned numerous awards, including being named in Florida Trend’s 500 Most Influential Business Leaders in 2018; ‘Fastcase 50’ Honoree 2018; 2017 Woman of the Year from the South Palm Beach County Women Lawyers Association; the Daily Business Review 2017 Top 10 Women in Law; the Serving Justice Award from the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County; the Justice Barbara Pariente Award from FAWL, Palm Beach County; Leader in the Law from FAWL, Palm Beach County; Woman of Grace Award, 2016; Women in Power Award, National Conference of Jewish Women; and the Character Counts Award from the School District, Palm Beach County.

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Latest Message from the President

April/May 2019 Video Message Script


May is Health and Wellness Month for all of the members of The Florida Bar. Something we don’t often prioritize.

Together with our Young Lawyers Division, we ask you to join colleagues around the state in taking steps to improve your wellbeing and your work-life balance. Check out some of the activities the YLD has planned for Health & Wellness Month in May. They are listed on the Bar’s online health and wellness center and on the YLD site at

  • Local health and wellness challenges hosted by young lawyers’ groups throughout the state with fitness challenges, classes, and other wellness-related activities. Check with your local bar for more details.
  • Free wellness CLE webinars each Wednesday in May, between 12-1 p.m.
  • Profiles of law firms highlighting what some are doing to promote attorney well-being.
  • Increased information on resources and programs by Florida Lawyers Assistance, Inc., and
  • A continued spotlight on the #StigmaFreeYLD program with additional videos featuring lawyers who have overcome mental health and wellness challenges.

If you haven’t seen the four #StigmaFreeYLD videos already available, you should. Our colleagues who have suffered and sought help give touching and powerful personal perspectives. Please follow The Florida Bar and the YLD on social media so you don’t miss any of the ways you can join in the celebration of the health and wellness of all Florida lawyers over the next month.

May is also the time to start planning to attend the Bar’s Annual Convention, June 26-29, at the beautiful Boca Raton Resort & Club. The theme of this year’s convention is unCONVENTIONal, one word that describes the groundbreaking work of The Florida Bar in so many areas this year. All convention events will have a fresh focus on every member’s convention experience, from committee meetings to receptions, to keynote luncheon speakers, to networking one-on-one. We’ll also have outstanding CLE seminars with many excellent speakers and legal scholars.

Thursday’s Judicial Luncheon features Governor Ron DeSantis giving greetings and the State of the Judiciary address by Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles T. Canady. We’ll also share in a formally welcome to our three new Supreme Court Justices: Justice Barbara Lagoa, Justice Robert J. Luck, and Justice Carlos G. Muniz.

The convention also includes many opportunities to relax and have fun with family and friends. All of the activities and events have been planned to make your convention experience both worthwhile and enjoyable. Make your reservations early, and plan to enjoy all that this year’s program has to offer. This will truly be a convention to remember and I look forward to seeing you in Boca Raton!

And once again, with this message I am pleased to offer you the latest in our LegalFuel Speakers Series, a free CLE providing you with sage advice from some of Florida’s best-known experts. In this video, Past President Eugene Pettis speaks about “Building a Gold Reputation” and how that is important in developing a successful career. I hope it will stimulate some thoughts that will lead you to both self-reflection and to develop your own plan to strengthen your reputation.

Thank you for all that you do for your clients and our profession. I am so grateful for the opportunity to lead the best Bar in the country.

Michelle R. Suskauer, President
The Florida Bar

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