Susan M. Brown

Member

Phone: (205) 874-0379
Fax: (205) 874-3279
P.O. Box 530910
Birmingham, AL 35253

Susan M. Brown practices in the area of appellate litigation. She is a member of the Alabama State Bar and is admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and the United States District Courts for the Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Alabama.

Susan received her B.S. in Public Administration, summa cum laude, from Samford University in 1999 and her J.D., magna cum laude, from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in 2003. Susan graduated fourth in her class from Cumberland and is currently a member of Cumberland’s Curia Honoris Society. While in law school, Susan served as Associate Editor of the Cumberland Law Review and President of the Cumberland Chapter of the Christian Legal Society.

Susan joined the firm in 2003, and had a general litigation practice. In August 2006, she went to work for Justice Robert Bernard Harwood at the Alabama Supreme Court. When Justice Harwood retired in January 2007, Susan worked as a staff attorney for Presiding Judge William C. Thompson at the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals. In August 2008, Susan returned to the Alabama Supreme Court to work as a staff attorney for Senior Justice Champ Lyons. Susan returned to the firm when Justice Lyons retired in January 2011.

After her four and a half years of experience with the State appellate courts, Susan now practices primarily in the area of appellate litigation.  At the trial level, her practice focuses on complex legal analysis and writing.

Since August 2008, Susan has also served as an Adjunct Professor at the Cumberland School of Law. Each fall, she teaches an advanced writing course.  Each spring, she teaches a litigation skills class to second- and third-year students.

Susan is a member of the Birmingham Chapter of the Christian Legal Society and of the Federalist Society. She is Vice-Chairman of the Appellate Practice Section of the Alabama State Bar.  Susan also serves on as President of Alabama Lawyers for Unborn Children, Inc.

Bar Admissions

  • Alabama, 2003
  • Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, 2005
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Alabama, 2003
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama, 2003
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Alabama, 2011

Education

  • Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, Birmingham, AL, J.D., magna cum laude, 2003
  • Samford University, Birmingham, AL, B.S., Public Administration, summa cum laude, 1999

Professional Affiliations

  • Alabama State Bar
  • Birmingham Bar Association
  • Shelby County Bar Association
  • Christian Legal Society
  • Federalist Society or Law and Public Policy

Community Activities

  • Adjunct Professor, Cumberland School of Law, Samford University
  • Vice-Chairman, Alabama State Bar Appellate Practice Section
  • Alabama Lawyers for Unborn Children, Inc., President
  • Birmingham Bar Association, Scholarship Committee
  • Lake Crest Presbyterian Church, Member Care Committee

Published Works

  • Painful Findings:  Determining the Availability of Mental Anguish Damages in Alabama, 67 Ala. Lawyer 47 (Jan 2006).
  • Fair Pay Exemptions, for You and Your Client, 66 Ala. Lawyer 268 (July 2005).

Cases of Note

  • Gaddy v. S E Property Holdings, LLC, 2016 WL 202 1345 (Ala. May 27, 2016)
  • Drake v. Alabama Republican Party, 2016 WL 2821783 (Ala. Civ. App. May 13, 2016)
  • Ex parte William Ernest Kuenzel, 2016 WL 1273445 (Ala. Apr. 1, 2016)
  • In re Mike Hubbard, 803 F.3d 1298 (11th Cir. 2015)
  • Moultrie v. Wall, 2015 WL 480828 (Ala. Feb. 6, 2015)
  • White v. John, 2014 WL 4798923 (Ala. Sept. 26, 2014)
  • State Superintendent of Education v. Alabama Education Association, 144 So.3d 265 (Ala. 2013)
  • In re Alabama Educational Television Comm., 151 So.3d 283 (Ala. 2013)