Michelle R. Suskauer

Michelle Suskauer is a top-rated criminal defense attorney and the President-Elect of The Florida Bar for 2017-2018. 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.

She has handled thousands of criminal cases. She is highly regarded by judges, prosecutors, law enforcement and her peers. Michelle is actively involved in the leadership of numerous local and state legal organizations. She is currently President-Elect of The Florida Bar and has served on the Florida Bar Board of Governors for the 15th Judicial Circuit since 2010. She is past chair of the Board’s Disciplinary Review Committee, the Communications Committee and the 2013 Annual Convention of the Florida Bar.

She is Past-President of the Palm Beach County Bar Association, Past-President of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers – Palm Beach County Chapter and currently President of the Board of Directors of the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County.

Michelle is an AV-rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell and she has been recognized in the annual Florida Super Lawyers Magazine as one of Florida’s top criminal defense attorneys and by Florida Trend Magazine as one of Florida’s “Legal Elite” in its annual statewide poll of attorneys.

Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Defense
  • Domestic Violence
  • DUI Offenses
  • Juvenile Offenses
  • Narcotics Offenses
  • Sexual Offenses
  • Violent Offenses
  • White Collar Crimes
  • Federal Offenses

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 1991

Education

  • Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts
    • Bachelor of Science Communications – June, 1988
  • The American University, Washington D.C.
    • Juris Doctor – June, 1991

Honors and Awards

  • 2018 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
  • Woman of Grace Award, 2016
  • Women in Power Award, National Conference of Jewish Women
  • Character Counts Award, School District, Palm Beach County
  • Florida Super Lawyers 2009-Present
  • Florida Legal Elite
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • The Florida Bar, President-Elect, 2017-Present
  • The Florida Bar Board of Governors, 15th Judicial Circuit 2010-2017
  • Palm Beach County Bar Association, Member, 1991-Present
  • Florida Association for Women Lawyers, Member, 1991-Present
  • Craig S. Barnard American Inns of Court
  • Palm Beach Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • American Bar Association, Florida Delegate, ABA House of Delegates 2017-present
  • Past President, Palm Beach County Bar Association
  • Past President, Florida Association for Women Lawyers, Palm Beach County

Past Employment Positions

  • Suskauer Feuer, LLC, 2016-2017
  • Suskauer Law Firm, P.A., 1997-2016
  • Schuler, Wilkerson, Halvorson & Williams, P.A., 1994-97
  • Office of the Public Defender, 15th Judicial Circuit, 1991-94

Pro Bono Activities

  • President, Board of Directors, Legal Aid Society Palm Beach County
  • Past Vice-President, A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts Theater Parents Association
  • Past Vice-Chair, Bak Middle School of the Arts Foundation

*CV, BV, and AV are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards, and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.