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Michelle Suskauer, President of The Florida Bar, 2018-2019

Michelle Suskauer is a top-rated criminal defense attorney and the President of The Florida Bar for 2018-2019. 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.

Legal Experience:

  • Dimond Kaplan & Rothstein P.A. (2018-present)
  • Suskauer Feuer LLC (2016-2017)
  • Suskauer Law Firm, P.A. (1997-2016)
  • Schuler, Wilkerson, Halvorson & Williams, P.A. (1994-1997)
  • Office of the Public Defender, 15th Judicial Circuit (1991-1994)

 

Professional and Civic Activities:

The Florida Bar

  • President (2018-2019)
  • Board of Governors, 15th Judicial Circuit (2010-2017)
  • Disciplinary Review Committee, chair (2014-2016)
  • Communications Committee, chair (2013-2014)
  • Annual Convention Committee, chair (2012-2013)
  • Strategic Planning Committee (2013-present); chair (2017-2018)
  • Criminal Law Certification Committee (2002-2006)
  • 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: Council of Sections, Criminal Law Section, Constitutional Judiciary

Special Appointments

  • Special Committee on the Constitution Revision Commission
  • Fourth DCA JNC Screening Committee, chair
  • 15th Circuit Nominating Committee, Pro Bono Service Award, chair
  • 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

  • Member (1991-present)
  • President (2009-2010)
  • Past Chair Bench Bar Committee
  • Past Chair Criminal Practice Committee

Florida Association for Women Lawyers

  • Member (1991-present)
  • President, Palm Beach County Chapter (2002-2003)
  • 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)

 Pro Bono and Community Service:

  • Legal Aid Society Palm Beach County, president, board of directors
  • A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts Theater Parents Association, past vice president
  • Bak Middle School of the Arts Foundation, past vice chair

Professional Recognition:

  • 2018 Florida Trend FLORIDA 500 – Florida’s Most Influential Business Leaders
  • ‘Fastcase 50’ 2018 Honoree
  • AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018 Mattie Belle Davis Award, FAWL, Miami-Dade County
  • 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
  • Florida Legal Elite
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers
  • Attorney At Law Magazine 2018 Woman of the Year

Courts:

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Florida Supreme Court
  • 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

Education:

  • Bachelor of Science, Communications, Boston University (1988)
  • Juris Doctor, The American University (1991)


Personal:

Married to Palm Beach County Circuit Court Judge Scott I. Suskauer since 1993.  Two daughters: Talia, 22, and Rebecca, 19.

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