Susan Vance handles a broad range of appeals and litigation support with special emphasis on complex commercial cases in the real property, financial, and energy arenas. She has also represented multinational corporations in employment and products liability appeals and has substantial experience in aviation, tax, and insurance matters.
Susan is Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and is chair of the Civil Appellate Law Examination Commission for the Board. She has been selected for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America for 2013 and 2014, the Texas Super Lawyers Rising Stars Edition in 2010 through 2012, in Texas Super Lawyers since 2013, and was named among Texas Lawyer’s top twenty Winning Women in 2011. Susan’s understanding of complex financial issues assists clients in presenting difficult material to courts and juries. A veteran of both the chambers and podiums of state and federal appellate courts, Susan is regarded for her ability to anticipate courts’ concerns and is frequently called upon to prepare other attorneys for oral argument.
A summa cum laude finance graduate of Texas A&M University, Susan previously worked in the investment banking industry as a trader for a major securities firm and ran her own successful real estate brokerage firm. She earned her J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law, where she was Editor-in-Chief of the Texas Journal of Business Law. Susan worked for the Hon. Xavier Rodriguez, then of the Texas Supreme Court, and later served a two-year clerkship with Judge Thomas Reavley of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
Susan is an adjunct professor of appellate writing at U.T. Law and is a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation. She is a credentialed mediator, is active in American Inns of Court, and sits on a number of local, state, and national committees in service to the legal profession. Susan is admitted to practice before the United States Courts of Appeals for the Fifth and Tenth Circuits, and all Texas and New Mexico state and federal courts.