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Susan Phillips has built a diverse career at Steptoe & Johnson on the foundation of making things happen. Having spent a number of years as a busy trial attorney, Susan understands the business of law and what it takes to be a successful lawyer. Now, Susan wears multiple hats within the firm and is an integral part of the firm’s growth in Kentucky and in the higher education arena. As the Office Manager for the Lexington, Kentucky office of the firm, Susan ensures that the lawyers in the office have everything they need to serve their clients. In that position, Susan is able to pivot quickly and add value in whatever situation is at hand.

Susan is also a vital member of the firms Higher Education team and helps manage the business development and marketing activities of the team, as well as manages several client relationships. Within the higher education practice, Susan is able to use her experience as a litigator and regularly represents institutions when they manage Title IX situations, including assisting with investigations, attending hearings, and negotiating outcomes.

Memberships & Awards

Graduate of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA)
Journal of Mineral Law & Policy, Staff (1987-1989)
Defense Research Institute
Kentucky Bar Association
Fayette County Bar Association

Key Experience

Recommended policy and procedure changes to an independent university involving board of trustee ratification of faculty tenure
Defended multiple long-term care facilities in claims involving medical negligence (including wound development, infection, falls, understaffing, and malnutrition) and punitive conduct
Defended multiple hospital clients in complex medical negligence claims involving death, birth injuries, quadriplegia and amputation