The Florida Bar


Michelle Suskauer, President-elect of The Florida Bar, 2017-2018

Michelle Suskauer is a top-rated criminal defense attorney and the President-elect of The Florida Bar for 2017-2018. She began her legal career as an assistant public defender in West Palm Beach. She has been practicing in Palm Beach County since 1991 with a focus on criminal law in both state and federal courts.

Practice Area:

Criminal Defense

Legal Experience:

Dimond Kaplan & Rothstein, P.A.

Suskauer Law Firm, P.A.

Schuler, Wilkerson, Halvorson & Williams, P.A.

Office of the Public Defender, 15th Judicial Circuit





Professional and Civic Activities:

The Florida Bar


Board of Governors, 15th Judicial Circuit

Chair, Disciplinary Review Committee

Chair, Communications Committee

Chair, Annual Convention Committee

Strategic Planning Committee

Criminal Law Certification Committee

Program Evaluation Committee

Communications Committee

Disciplinary Review Committee

Rules Committee

UPL Circuit Committee 15A, Reviewer

15th Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee “G”

Board of Governors Liaison Criminal Law Section

Board of Governors Liaison Constitutional Judiciary

2017 to Present





2013-Present; Chair 2017-18


Special Appointments

Special committee on the Constitutional Revision Commission

Chair, 4th DCA JNC Screening Committee

Chair, 15th Circuit Nominating Committee, Pro Bono Service Award

Screening Committee for Board of Governors Public Member

Nominating Committee Florida Bar Foundation

Florida Board of Bar Examiners Lawyer Vacancy Screening

Palm Beach County Bar Association

President (2009-2010)

Member, 1991-Present

Past Chair Bench Bar Committee

Past Chair Criminal Practice Committee

Florida Association for Women Lawyers

President, Palm Beach County Chapter 2002-03

Member, 1991-Present

Created Breakfast and Books Mentoring Program for female

Juvenile offenders

Created “Adopt-A-Case” Program

Craig S. Barnard American Inns of Court

Emeritus Member

Executive Committee

Past Programming Chair

Palm Beach Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Past Board Member

American Bar Association

Florida Delegate, ABA House of Delegates 2017-present

Criminal Justice Section Spring Meeting, Steering Committee

Pro Bono/Community Service:

President-elect, Board of Directors, Legal Aid Society Palm Beach County

Vice-President, A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts Theater Parents Association

Vice-Chair, Bak Middle School of the Arts Foundation

Professional Recognition:

AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

2017 Woman of the Year, South Palm Beach County Women Lawyers Association

The Daily Business Review 2017 Top 10 Women in Law

Serving Justice Award, Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County

The Justice Barbara Pariente Award, FAWL, Palm Beach County

Leader in the Law, FAWL, Palm Beach County

2016 Women of Grace Award

Women in Power Award, National Conference of Jewish Women

Character Counts Award, School District, Palm Beach County

Florida Super Lawyers 2009-Present

Florida Legal Elite

Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers


United States Supreme Court

Supreme Court of the State of Florida

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of  Florida

U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina


Boston University, Bachelor of Science Communications (1988)

The American University, Juris Doctor (1991)


Married to Palm Beach County Circuit Court Judge Scott I. Suskauer since 1993.  Two daughters: Talia, 21, and Rebecca, 18.

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