SUSAN THOMAS
OF COUNSEL

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sthomas@jlcfirm.com 
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Susan is a seasoned litigator with extensive experience in all aspects of case development through trial. Her practice has included the representation of companies in a wide range of commercial, premises liability, and mass tort litigation in both state and federal court.    

Susan is a strong team leader with a track record of success in analyzing complex scenarios, negotiating settlements, and providing clear, practical advice. Susan has served as national and regional counsel for a major chemical company, relying heavily on her organizational and management skills.

Susan believes in giving back to her community. In that regard, she received recognition as a Pro Bono Champion in 2014, 2015, and 2016 at her prior firm and has served as a Scholarship Judge for the Ronald McDonald House Charities from 2013 through the present. Susan also served on the Board of Directors for the Southeast Texas Air Force Academy Parents’ Association from 2011-14 and on the Harris County Self Inspection Task Force for the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative, from 2008-12.

Prior to joining Jordan, Lynch & Cancienne PLLC, Susan held the position of Special Counsel at Baker Botts L.L.P.

Representative Experience

Serving as national counsel for a major chemical company’s benzene litigation, managing outside counsel and developing and implementing strategies for the defense of both product and premises liability cases.

Representation of a midstream gas processing company in a multi-million dollar property dispute.

Obtaining favorable jury verdicts for a public utility company in multiple cases (as both first and second chair) arising out of both business and personal injury disputes.

Representation of an insurance company/property owner in a complex contract dispute arising out of the issuance of Industrial Development Revenue Bonds resulting in a favorable jury verdict. Susan also handled all appellate briefing resulting in a favorable settlement.

Serving as regional asbestos counsel for a major chemical company, coordinating the defense of premises litigation in multiple venues.

Defense of electronic technology company in a contract dispute relating to sales commissions.

Advising a major chemical company on a variety of insurance issues, including workers’ compensation compliance, availability and extent of coverage, and coordination of insurance with third-party indemnitors.

Defense of major automobile manufacturer in products liability cases.

Defense of leading pharmaceutical companies in product liability cases.

Representation of clients in employment disputes arising from claims of wrongful termination and tortious interference.

Education

Baylor University School of Law, J.D., 1988
Cum Laude
Notes and Comments Editor, Baylor Law Review

Published: Selected Current Issues in Community Property Aspects of Retirement Plans, 38 Baylor L. Rev. 1199 (1987), with James Paulsen and John Hopwood

Stephen F. Austin State University. B.S., 1981
Cum Laude
Phi Upsilon Omicron National Honor Society, President

Kappa Delta Pi National Honor Society

Admissions & Affiliations

State Bar of Texas

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas

Texas Bar Foundation, Sustaining Life Fellow

Houston Bar Association