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Susan Hutchison

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Biography

As I was growing up, I watched the every day people around me often struggling to be heard. I remember as a teenager sitting with my sister in court for her criminal charges. She wanted to explain the circumstances, to have someone listen. But we sat and looked silently at the floor. I watched as people there were treated indifferently, as if they didn’t matter at all, including my sister. We were nobodies and I felt powerless. I decided right then that I would change that-I would become a voice for the voiceless-and decided to go to law school.

At the time I decided to go to law school, I didn’t know any lawyers-had never even met any lawyers (we surely couldn’t afford one). I just knew that it would give me at least the opportunity to stand up for the rights of regular citizens. I have spent the last twenty-nine years representing people who have been harmed or wronged. It is amazing how many times, while waiting on a jury verdict, my client has turned to me and said “Susan, regardless of how this turns out, you told my story and I got my day in court. I was heard and I thank you.” Each time has been a great gift to me. In each case, I learn not only about my client, but about myself. Sometimes I am frustrated with the process, but I have great faith in our jury system and am grateful for the chance to be a part of it. Everyone matters.

“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”-we can all step into each other’s shoes, even if for a moment.

Certified Legal Specialties:

  • Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1992

Current Employment Position

  • Attorney

Past Positions

  • Fielding, Barrett & Taylor, LLP, Associate/Partner, 1988 to 1994
  • Shannon, Gracery, Ratliff & Miller, Associate, 1987 to 1988

Practice Areas:

  • Civil Rights
  • Discrimination
  • Non-Subscriber Claims
  • Personal Injury
  • Retaliation
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Truck Wrecks
  • Whistleblower
  • Wrongful Termination

Classes & Seminars

  • Tort Law for Legal Assistants, Texas Wesleyan University, 1996 to 1996

Fraternities or Sororities

  • Phi Alpha Delta

Representative Clients

  • Bell Helicopter/Textron, Inc.
  • Waste Management, Inc.

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Tarrant County Young Lawyers Association, Member
  • Tarrant County Civil Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • Tarrant County Women's Bar Association, Member

Honors

  • Texas Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters
  • AV Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Top Car Accident Attorney, Avvo Rating 10.0 Superb
  • Fort Worth Top Attorney, Fort Worth Texas Magazine
  • Recipient, Disability Rights of Texas

Education

  • Texas Tech University School of Law, Lubbock, Texas
    • J.D. - 1987
    • Honors: Recipient, Judge Meade F. Griffin Award
  • West Texas State University, Canyon, Texas
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts - 00/1983
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Major: Literature
  • Trial Lawyers College, Wyoming

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1987
  • U.S. Federal Courts, 1987
  • U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
  • Supreme Court of the United States of America
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico, pro hac vice
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, pro hac vice
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California, pro hac vice
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, pro hac vice
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, pro hac vice
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, pro hac vice
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma, pro hac vice
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma, pro hac vice
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, pro hac vice
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri, pro hac vice
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas, pro hac vice