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Bar President Michelle R. Suskauer

West Palm Beach attorney Michelle R. Suskauer is the 70th president of The Florida Bar.  She was sworn in at the General Assembly on Friday, June 15. Vero Beach attorney John M. Stewart was sworn in as president-elect. 

Suskauer is the sixth woman to serve as Bar president and is the first former public defender to hold the office.

Suskauer is a partner with Dimond Kaplan & Rothstein, P.A., where she heads the criminal defense practice. She practices in state and federal courts.

She has been a member of The Florida Bar’s Board of Governors since 2010 and has chaired the Board Disciplinary Review Committee, the Board Communications Committee and the Annual Convention Committee.

Suskauer’s goals as president of The Florida Bar for the coming year reflect her experience in the legal profession. A longtime small-firm practitioner, Suskauer will focus on helping solo or small firms become more productive and profitable. More than three-fourths of Bar members practicing in Florida are part of firms with 10 or fewer attorneys.

Suskauer also will lead the Bar in seeking common-sense criminal justice reform that focuses on rehabilitation, rather than punishment. The Bar will hold a Criminal Justice Summit in October, with the goal of proposing legislation that can help bring reform.

Finally, under Suskauer the Bar will continue ongoing initiatives to prioritize attorney health and wellness, while also destigmatizing the issue so members feel comfortable seeking the help they need. Additionally, the Bar will promote inclusion and gender equality in the legal profession and justice system by implementing the recommendations put forward by the Bar’s Special Committee on Gender Bias/Diversity. 

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