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Susan L. Steffey was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1987 and to the Mississippi Bar in 1991. She is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in Mississippi and Florida, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and Choctaw Tribal Court. Before joining the firm in 1991, Susan practiced in Tampa, Florida, with the law firm of Sessums & Mason (1987-90), and served as law clerk to The Honorable Rhesa H. Barksdale, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (1990-91). Susan's practice has included both federal and state court litigation in the areas of pharmaceutical and medical device litigation, medical malpractice, general product liability, and personal injury. She has extensive experience in novel, complex divorce matters and pre-/post-postnuptial agreements.  Susan also assists parties and their attorneys in resolving domestic cases through mediation and is listed in the Mississippi Bar Mediator's Directory.

Honors & Recognitions

  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • The Best Lawyers in America (2013-21, Family Law; Family Law Mediation; Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions - Defendants; Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants; Product Liability Litigation – Defendants)
  • Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow (2008-2014)

Community & Professional

  • American Inns of Courts - Charles Clark Chapter (Bencher)
  • Capital Area Bar Association
  • Mississippi Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Florida Bar Association
  • International Association of Defense Counsel (2011-2018)
  • Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association (2005-08, Board of Directors)
  • The Mississippi Bar (2001, Commission on Bar Admission Review; 2005-present, Fee Dispute Resolution Committee; Family Law Section; Alternative Dispute Resolution Section)

Presentations

  • 7th Annual Hot Tips from the Experts Family Law Seminar – Joint Custody – Shared Parental Responsibility, May 25, 2000
  • National Business Institute – Equitable Distribution in Divorce Settlements in Mississippi:  Valuation, Tax and Other Issues, 2004
  • National Business Institute – Divorce Law 101:  Obtaining the Best Settlement for Your Client in Mississippi, Getting a Divorce Case off on the Right Foot, April 2006
  • National Business Institute – A Roadmap Through Divorce Proceedings: Navigating the Fork in the Road: Fairly Dividing Assets and Liabilities; Baby on Board: Handling Child Custody, Visitation and Support Issues, January 10, 2008
  • Barristers Educational Services – Family Law Practice in Mississippi, “True” Joint Custody Arrangements that Work, July 24, 2008
  • National Business Institute – A Roadmap Through Divorce Proceedings: Navigating the Fork in the Road: Fairly Dividing Assets and Liabilities; Baby on Board: Handling Child Custody, Visitation and Support Issues, February 23, 2009
  • National Business Institute – Family Law: Helping Your Clients Through Difficult Cases – Better Organize Divorce Cases for Trial, July 28, 2009
  • 17th Annual Hot Tips from the Experts Family Law Seminar – Prenuptial Agreements, June 4, 2010
  • 19th Annual Hot Tips from the Experts Family Law Seminar – Recent Ethics Opinions, Jun 1, 2012
  • National Business Institute – Divorce Litigation from Start to Finish, Pretrial Motions Practice and Settlement Strategies and Trial of a Divorce Case, March 7, 2013
  • Mississippi Association for Justice 2015 Annual Convention – How to Get the Most out of Divorce Mediation, June 2015
  • National Business Institute – Divorce Law: Common Mistakes in Dividing Assets – Failure to Consider Current and Future Income and Expenses and Failure to Equitably Distribute Assets, July 23, 2015
  • MS Women’s Lawyers Association Panel – Sweetheart, My Skirt Doesn't Make My Objections: Responding to Sex-Stereotyping as a Southern Woman Lawyer, September 19, 2018
  • Trustmark Estate Planners – High Dollar Divorces, March 12, 2019
  • Women's Initiative CLE – It’s a Marathon, Not a 5K: How Do We Keep Women Lawyers from Leaving the Profession? March 26, 2019
  • Bessie Young Council 2019 Mentoring Conference, March 29, 2019
  • The Mississippi College Law Review – Let’s Settle This: Tips and Techniques for Alternative Dispute Resolution in Mississippi, April 26, 2019
  • 21st Annual Hot Tips from the Experts Family Law Seminar – Mediation Do’s and Don’ts, May 3, 2019

Education

Juris Doctor: Florida State University School of Law, 1987
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Bachelor's Degree: Political Science, Florida State University, summa cum laude, 1983
Phi Beta Kappa