"It is with profound sadness that I share the news of Susan’s passing. Susan was a beloved partner, mentor and friend who will be greatly missed by Balch and the legal community. Balch would not be the firm that it is today without Susan’s guidance. She helped shape our culture and was tirelessly dedicated to her clients, our attorneys and staff, playing a vital role in leading our diversity committee and creating our mentoring program that has shaped many young attorneys. She was a dedicated civic leader whose work to support many charitable causes in our community will continue to impact many lives in the future. Her friendship, guidance and expertise will be greatly missed, but her influence on us will continue to shape our firm." said Alan T. Rogers, Managing Partner, Balch & Bingham LLP.
Susan is survived by her husband, Jim, and their daughter Elizabeth.
Susan graduated from Ithaca College in 1972. In 1977, she graduated from the University of Alabama School of Law. She began her legal career as an assistant attorney general for the state of Alabama and later worked as an assistant U.S. attorney in the Middle District of Alabama. In 1985, she joined Balch, where she was a partner in the Energy Section, a member of the Management Council, and chair of the Diversity Committee. Susan was a strong believer in mentoring, and a number of young attorneys received the benefit of her investment in their lives and careers. She served on the boards of the Alabama Law School Foundation, the Alabama Law Institute, and the Women's Section of the Birmingham Bar Association. Susan was a graduate of Leadership Alabama, Leadership Birmingham and the MOMENTUM women's leadership program. She was honored in 2003 as one of the Birmingham Business Journal's Top Birmingham Women. Susan also received many honors for the countless hours she devoted to civic causes. Among other things, she served on the boards for the YWCA of Central Alabama, the Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama and the Legal Aid Society of Birmingham. A former Girl Scout troop leader, Susan received a Women of Distinction award from the organization in 2004 and, in 2012, received its prestigious Mildred Bell Johnson Award. She belonged to the Women's Committee of 100, Women's Network, and Zonta Club of Birmingham. Susan enjoyed life to the fullest, grabbing every day and wringing the most from it. She was funny, gracious and always ready for an adventure. Among her favorite pastimes was paddling, and some of her most enduring and special friendships developed over 25 years of canoeing, kayaking and camping. Whether on the river or on a challenging hike, Susan loved nature and being outdoors.
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