Susan Ford Robertson

Susan serves as appellate counsel assisting trial counsel across the nation in all phases of litigation in complex civil cases and handling all aspects of appeals in state and federal courts. In over 130 published appeals she has handled, the judgments at issue exceed $650,000,000.  Susan is one of only five, and the only female attorney, in Missouri elected as a Fellow in the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers and she is also an elected Member of the Litigation Counsel of America and she is the only Missouri lawyer elected to serve as a director on Super Lawyer National Advisory Board.

As a former competitive track cycling racer, mountain climber and avid bicycle touring rider, including a 3,000 mile ride from Oregon to Minnesota, Susan brings an aggressive, focused and sustained energy to each case.  Many times she is hired on the eve of trial to assist trial counsel when the risks and stakes are high. In 2009 she obtained a reversal of a $20,000,000 judgment in the same case wherein she obtained a reversal of a $10,000,000 judgment in 2007. 

In 2014 Susan was featured on the cover of the Super Lawyers Top Missouri and Kansas Lawyers magazine and in 2016 she was again named Top 100 Missouri Lawyers and Top 50 Kansas City Lawyers and Top 50 Missouri and Kansas Women Lawyers by Super Lawyers and Best of the Bar in Appellate Practice by the Kansas City Business Journal.  She has been consistently named on the Super Lawyer Top Lists since 2005.  She also currently serves as Vice Chair and Board member of the Kansas City Streetcar Authority, and past Chair of the Appellate Judicial Retention Committee and Member of the Missouri Supreme Court Advisory Committee.

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  • Susan actively works with trial counsel to protect and preserve the record prior to and during trial, as well as presenting appeals to all levels of state and federal appellate courts. She provides immediate and long-term assistance with research, reviewing and drafting pleadings and jury instructions, attending trial, and drafting post-trial motions.

    Susan handles all aspects of appeals, including seeking extraordinary writ relief, brief writing and oral argument. The subject matter of the appeals she has handled cover virtually all areas of civil law, including products liability, wrongful death and personal injury, medical and legal malpractice, breach of contract, statutory and constitutional interpretation, insurance construction, municipal liability, civil rights, probate, tax, inverse condemnation, intentional torts, licensing and injunctive and equitable remedies.

    Susan  served as the Chair of the Appellate Judicial Evaluation Committee (2009-2015) and as a member of the Missouri Supreme Court Advisory Committee since (2010-2016).  She also currently serves as the Vice Chair and Board Member of the Kansas City Streetcar Authority. She is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and The Missouri Bar Foundation.

    In 2016 Susan was named Top 100 Lawyers in Missouri, Top 50 Kansas City Lawyers and Top 50 Women Lawyers in Missouri and Kansas by Super Lawyers and named Best in the Bar in Appellate Practice by the Kansas City Business Journal.  She has consistently received these recognitions throughout the years.

    In 2012, Susan was the first female attorney in Missouri elected to the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers.  Susan is the recipient of the 2011 Women’s Justice Awards Litigation Practitioner of the Year. She is the 2010 Honorary Initiate of the Order of the Barrister awarded by the University of Missouri. She is the 2009 and 2005 recipient of The Missouri Bar President’s Award, the 2009 recipient of the Kansas City Legal Leaders Award for Civil Justice, and the 1996 recipient of the David A. Dixon Appellate Advocacy Award. Susan was recognized by Missouri Lawyers’ Weekly as the private attorney who had appeared the most before the Missouri Supreme Court in 2007-2008 with five cases presented. Frequently the appeals she handles are recognized in the Missouri Lawyers’ Weekly Most Significant Opinions issue.

    Susan is the past president of the Missouri Board of Law Examiners and the Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers, having served on both boards for over 11 years. She served as Chair of The Missouri Bar Civil Practice and Procedure Committee from 2001-2013.  In 2009 she served on the United States Magistrate Merit Selection Committee for the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri.  She has previously served on The Missouri Bar Blue Ribbon Commission on the Independence of the Judiciary (2005), The Missouri Bar Special Committee on the Rules of Professional Conduct (2002), The Missouri Bar Special Committee on Funding for Legal Services (2001); The Missouri Bar Special Committee of the Rules of Professional Conduct (2001); The Missouri Bar Special Committee on Ethics (2000); and on the United States District Court, Western District Federal Practice Advisory Committee (1996-2001).

    Susan had presented over 80 seminars to judicial and bar associations on the state and national level on issues relating to trial and appellate practice and ethics. She has been invited to speak multiple times to the state trial and appellate judiciary in Missouri, the Litigation Counsel of America, the Defense Research Institute, the Association of Defense Trial Attorneys, The Missouri Bar and the University of Missouri in Columbia and in Kansas City. She has served as an Inn Master of the Ross T. Roberts Inns of Court and served for several years as the Chair of the Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers’ Trial Academy. Susan is a 1986 graduate of the University of Missouri School of Law and a 1982 graduate of the University School of Journalism, Phi Kappa Phi, Kappa Tau Alpha.



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