Susan H. Lewis
FAMILY LAW, WILLS AND ESTATES, ESTATE ADMINISTRATION
Susan Lewis confines her practice to estates, wills, estate administration and family law. Ms. Lewis is a graduate of Randolph-Macon Woman's College (1967) and an Honors Graduate of the University of Texas School of Law (Austin 1970), where she was an Editor of the Law Review and elected to the Order of the Coif. She served as Law Clerk to the Honorable Homer Thornberry, Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit upon graduation from law school, and then joined the firm of Vinson & Elkins in Houston, Texas, where she practiced international oil and gas law for four years. During her time at Vinson & Elkins, Ms. Lewis also taught Partnership Law at the University of Houston School of Law and the University of Texas at Austin, and co-authored a textbook on the subject with Rush H. Record. In 1974, she joined the faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she taught Corporate Law and Contract Law. She was also asked to teach the course in Family Law at UNC, which was the beginning of her interest in Family Law. In 1978, she taught the first Family Mediation course in the country at Duke University School of Law. Since 1978, she has taught Family Law as an adjunct professor at most of the area law schools, including UNC, Duke, North Carolina Central, and UNC at Greensboro. She has also taught an estate planning seminar at UNC Law School. She is currently an adjunct professor at Duke Law School. Since 1978, Ms. Lewis has mediated hundreds of family disputes, and she has represented thousands of clients in the family courts and probate courts of Orange, Chatham, and Durham counties. She has also been appellate counsel in a number of significant family law cases and a leading case on trust law decided by the North Carolina appellate courts. For each of the past three years, Ms. Lewis has been selected for inclusion in the North Carolina Super Lawyers magazine. She has also been a frequent lecturer on family law topics over the past thirty years.