Susan chairs the Healthcare Law Practice Group at KJK, which she originated eight years ago. With more than 35 years of experience in healthcare law, Susan leads a team of attorneys who serve hospital systems, physicians’ groups, long-term care organizations and other healthcare providers. She came to the firm in 2010 from a position of leadership at Southwest General, where she was VP and General Counsel, and still serves as Southwest’s outside general counsel.
“We operate in a highly regulated environment and as such require solid reliable legal counsel. Our organization has turned to Susan for her expertise and advice on legal matters and her knowledge of Southwest’s history,” said Mary Ann Freas, Chief Financial Officer of Southwest General Health Center, in her recommendation of Susan’s nomination for the award. “She has been associated with Southwest General for more than 30 years, and is part of its fabric. She has participated in the formation of the organization’s direction, assists us through challenges, and celebrates with us in our successes.”
Susan is one of Ohio’s leading healthcare attorneys and is author of the book “Ohio Health Care Provider Law,” an essential reference for 20-plus years, and is a sought-after national speaker. She is also a long-time teacher in healthcare law in undergraduate and graduate programs. Susan is a Fellow of the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA) and is editor-in-chief of the AHLA’s Journal of Health & Life Sciences Law, a professionally reviewed journal that is widely consulted for analysis on all aspects of healthcare law.
Susan is also a board member of the Southwest General Community Health Foundation, which supports healthcare programs and services for the local community. Susan is also a long-time board member and recent chair of Eliza Jennings, a non-profit providing nursing home, assisted living and other services for older adults. She is also a board member of the Berea Education Foundation, which provides grants and scholarships for students in the Berea School District, and the UH University Suburban Health Center in South Euclid.
In 2018, Susan launched a class in public health law and ethics for MBA students at Baldwin-Wallace University, building on her many years as professor at BW and Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, where she created the first-ever class in healthcare law.