Please ensure Javascript is enabled for purposes of website accessibility
Don't miss
Home / Supplements and Special Sections / WJA 2021: Susan Herold

WJA 2021: Susan Herold

Her father was an attorney in St. Louis, but Susan Herold didn’t plan to be an attorney. In fact, when she was a teenager, she found working for him in his law office extremely boring.

herold-susanAll that changed when she entered the University of Missouri-Columbia and found herself gravitating toward the law as a career. After earning her B.A., she went on to earn her J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law.

“When I started my career, I was very fortunate to work for and with what many might consider old school, traditional attorneys,” Herold says. “They were very professional, took their responsibilities seriously and took the role of ethics seriously. They instilled in me and other younger attorneys the importance of professionalism and respect for our court system and our fellow attorneys.”

Today, Herold’s practice includes civil litigation, complex litigation, premises liability, restaurant and retail liability, and automobile liability cases. She has defended and prosecuted cases involving many types of civil laws, including automobile accidents, product liability claims, slip and falls, and trucking accident claims.

One of her most memorable cases spanned 11 years and went all the way to the Missouri Supreme Court. She represented the defendant in an auto accident case and tried it in St. Louis. During the trial, her team entered some photos into evidence, and the plaintiff’s attorneys moved to exclude the photos. The court allowed the photos.

“The jury returned what we thought was a fair verdict for the plaintiff,” Herold says. “The plaintiff appealed on the basis of those photos that were allowed into evidence. The Court of Appeals found that the photos should not have been admitted. We appealed to the Supreme Court, and the court ruled to admit the photos. This was important because the ruling set a precedent for when vehicle photos would be admissible without expert testimony.”

In another memorable case, Herold defended the estate of a young woman killed in a train crossing accident. “The woman was pregnant at the time, and the defendants cross-claimed her estate for the death of the unborn child,” Herold says. “This was a very sad case but a very important public policy case. If they had been allowed that claim, it would have set up a situation where an unborn child could have a case against the mother in a personal injury case. That would have opened up a whole area of the law that the courts hadn’t allowed to be open. I’m glad we were successful on that claim.”

Finding balance in her life is important to Herold. As a parent, she prioritizes her family time. As a dog lover, she enjoys her volunteer work at a local dog rescue shelter. As an attorney, she strives to make sure she and her firm are serving their clients’ needs. As a partner in her firm, she is also responsible for supervising associates. As a leader, she heads up her firm’s in-house continuing legal education program and schedules in-house seminars for attorneys. You may also hear her as a guest host on terrestrial talk radio.

Women's Justice Awards 2021