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Susan Gainey is a Senior Associate at our firm. She was born in Tampa, Florida, and raised in Lehigh Acres, Florida and Evansville, Indiana. After receiving an undergraduate degree from Indiana University in 1995, she was awarded her Juris Doctorate with Honors from Valparaiso University School of Law in 1999. At Valparaiso Law, Susan served as President of the Women’s Law Student Association and Treasurer of the Equal Justice Alliance. Susan studied at Cambridge, England in the summer 1997 where instruction included a course taught by US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg. Susan obtained her Masters of Law, Magna Cum Laude, in August 2008 from Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis.

Susan practiced law in Indiana for 20 years before returning to her home state. She was active in numerous bar associations during her practice in Indiana, where she often served in a leadership role. Susan has served in the following leadership roles: Executive Committee of the Indianapolis Bar Association Women in Law; Executive Committee of the Indiana State Bar Association Women in Law; American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, Governing Council; Indiana State Bar Association, Young Lawyers Council; Chairperson, Indiana Supreme Court Commission on Continuing Legal Education; Chairperson, Evansville Bar Association Women in Law Committee; Board of Directors, Evansville Bar Association; Chairperson, Evansville Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Committee; and Board of Directors, Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana.

Susan is also active in many community organizations, including Big Brothers, Big Sisters and volunteering for several homeless shelters, child advocacy organizations and animal welfare organizations. She was the founder of a no-kill animal rescue in Evansville and founder of a non-profit which supports disadvantaged children in Kenya, Africa.

Susan is admitted to practice before the Florida Supreme Court, the Indiana Supreme Court, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

Bar Admissions

  • Florida Supreme Court
  • Indiana Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana
  • Civil Litigation
  • Civil Rights
  • Commercial & Business Litigation
  • Construction Law
  • Employment & Labor Law
  • Insurance Law
  • Landlord & Tenant
  • Local Government & Municipal Law
  • Personal Injury & Property Damage Defense
  • Personal Injury & Wrongful Death
  • Florida Bar Association, Member
  • Orange County Bar Association, Member
  • Friends of Dago, Kenya, 2009-Present
  • It Takes A Village No-Kill Rescue, Evansville, Founder, November 2010-February 2018
  • Evansville Partnership for Animal Welfare, Founding Member, July 2013-February 2018
  • Special Prosecutor, Animal Cruelty Task Force, July 2013 – July 2016
  • Evansville Bar Association, Continuing Legal Education Committee, President, April 2012-November 2015
  • Evansville Bar Foundation Member, May 2015-Februay 2018
  • ABA’s Legal Education & Admissions to the Bar Council, 2009-2011
    • Site Evaluator of Creighton Law School, March 2010
    • ABA’s Law School Accreditation Site Evaluator, 2009-2011
  • Indiana Supreme Court Commission on Continuing Legal Education, 2003-2010
    • Chairperson, 2006-2007
    • Committee on Attorney Specialization, 2006-2010Indiana Supreme Court Conclave on Legal Education, Participant, 2003, 2007, 2010
  • Indiana State Bar Association, Young Lawyers Council, 2005-2010
  • Indiana State Bar Association, Diversity Committee, 2010
  • American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, Governing Council, 2006-2008
  • Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana, Board of Directors, 2006-2009
  • Indiana State Bar Association, Women In Law Executive Committee, 2005-2009
  • Indianapolis Bar Association, Women In Law Committee, Officer, 2005-2008
  • Indianapolis Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, 2005-2008
  • Court-Appointed Special Advocate, Child Advocates, Inc., 2006-2009
  • Chairperson, Evansville Women in Law Committee, 2003-2004
  • Board of Directors, Evansville Bar Association, 2003-2005
  • Vanderburgh County Guardian Ad Litem, 2003-2005
  • Legal Advocate, Albion Fellows Women Shelter, 2003-2005
  • Member, Brooks Inns of Court, 2001-2005
  • Volunteer for numerous community organizations, including Big Brothers, Big Sisters, and homeless shelters, 2001- 2018
  • The Paycheck Protection Program Offers Relief For Small Businesses Affected By Covid-19
  • Responding to Hoarding Cases, Presenter, Indiana Animal Welfare Conference, April 2019
  • Animal Law Update, Presenter, Evansville Bar Association, December 2017
  • Animal Law Review for Law Enforcement, Presenter, Jasper Law Enforcement, December 2016
  • The Art and Science of Educating Lawyers and Judges, Presenter, Valparaiso University School of Law Symposium, March 2006
  • Ethical Behavior Amongst Lawyers, Presenter, Brooks Inns of Court, March 2004
  • Indiana Jury Rules, Presenter, Brooks Inns of Court, November 2002
  • National Institute of Trial Advocacy training, March 2000
  • The Effects of Anti-Terrorist Laws on International Business and Trade, Syracuse
  • Journal of International Law and Commerce, Spring 2011
  • Mentoring is a Hot Topic: Developing Mentoring Programs for Law Schools, Bar       
  • Associations and Firms (Co-Author), Res Gestae, January/February 2010
  • Leave of Absence Made This Young Lawyer Present, Indiana Lawyer, September 2008
  • Phantom Damages in Indiana, Indiana Lawyer, November 2007
  • CLE in Indiana: A Primer, Res Gestae, March 2007
  • Beware: Waiver of the ‘Not an Employer’ Title VII Defense, The Job Description, Spring 2006
  • The State of Mitigation in Indiana, Indiana Lawyer, February 2006
  • Tax Changes Ease Settlement, Indiana Lawyer, March 2005

Education

Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis

  • Masters of Law, Magna Cum Laude – 2008

Valparaiso University School of Law

  • Juris Doctor, Honors – 1999

Indiana University – Bloomington

  • Bachelor of Arts, Dual Major in Political Science & History – 1995

Awards & Recognition

  • Certified Civil Mediator – Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum
  • Indiana Up & Coming Young Lawyer
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