Susannah focuses her practice on the defense of transportation companies in cases brought under the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (“FELA”), as well as other civil litigation and personal injury matters including civil rights and toxic tort cases.  She represents her clients in all stages of litigation in both state and federal court.  Her experience has included facilitating responses to voluminous discovery requests, drafting successful motions for summary judgment, negotiating favorable settlements, and trying cases to jury verdict.

Before joining Knight Nicastro, Susannah worked for a large insurance defense firm.  She began her practice as an Assistant Attorney General in the Illinois Attorney General’s Springfield and Chicago Offices, where she defended officers and employees of the state of Illinois.

Practice Areas

  • Casualty/Tort Litigation
  • Civil Rights Litigation/Section 1983
  • Railroad Litigation
  • Toxic Torts and Asbestos

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois
  • United States District Court, Central District of Illinois
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Illinois
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin

Location

Chicago Office 
200 W. Adams Street, Suite 2445
Chicago, Illinois 60606

Education

  • Southern Illinois University, B.S. – Journalism, 2009
  • Southern Illinois University School of Law, J.D., 2014

Presentations and Speaking Engagements

  • “Discoverability of Pre-Suit Investigation and Surveillance”, Heyl Royster 33rd Annual Claims Handling Seminar, 2018

Awards and Honors

  • Named to Law Bulletin Publishing Company’s list of Illinois Emerging Lawyers (2018). Only two percent of Illinois lawyers under the age of 40 or who have been licensed to practice for 10 years or less earn this distinction. 

Professional Associations

  • Illinois State Bar Association (Young Lawyers Division Committee)
  • National Association of Trial Counsel (“NARTC”)

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