“Susan is a remarkable attorney and tremendous asset to the firm. Through her hard work and dedication she has consistently proven herself as a fierce advocate for her clients and as a respected industry leader,” said partner Dean Colson. “We are thrilled to welcome her as a partner.”
Carlson joined Colson Hicks Eidson in July 2014. With more than 20 years of experience, she specializes in catastrophic personal injury, wrongful death, maritime, product liability, and commercial and class action litigation in state and federal courts throughout Florida. She has also represented individuals and companies in business disputes, including disability and construction defect matters.
Carlson’s efforts have been instrumental in the success of many of the firm’s high-profile cases securing numerous million dollar personal injury settlements and verdicts, including a $20.3 million dollar verdict against a cruise line for a crew member whose hand was trapped in a semi-water tight door and a $1.43 million dollar verdict for a client who suffered a tibial plateau fracture as a result of an automobile accident.
A native of Miami and an active member of many legal and community organizations, Carlson has served on the board of directors for the Miami-Dade Justice Association and Miami Country Day School’s Alumni Board. She was appointed to serve as a Guardian Ad Litem in the 11th Judicial Circuit to protect children’s interests. She is a member of The Florida Bar and has participated in the Put Something Back program. Additionally, Carlson has also served the community through her volunteer work for The Heidi Hewes Chapter of the Women’s Cancer Association of the University of Miami in addition to the Community Partnership for the Homeless, among other organizations.
Carlson earned her law degree at the University of Miami, where she actively participated in mock trial, moot court and negotiations competitions. She also holds a business degree in finance from Emory University. Prior to completing law school, Carlson worked as a securities analyst for an investment counseling firm in Atlanta, Ga., serving both individuals and institutional clients.
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ABOUT COLSON HICKS EIDSON
The Law Firm of Colson Hicks Eidson is a trial firm with 50 years of experience handling local, national and international litigation, and arbitration. Members of the firm have been involved in some of the country’s most high-profile and landmark cases resulting in impactful and precedential rulings. A mid-size firm with a diverse staff comprised of more than 50 percent women and minorities, Colson Hicks Eidson prides itself on a track record of developing future leaders within the legal profession and its civic and community involvement. Members of the firm have held notable positions serving on the boards of prominent institutions, such as the State University System of Florida and the Florida State Board of Education, and holding high-ranking offices, including President of the 60,000-member American Association for Justice; President of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers; President of the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers; President of the Dade County Bar Association; President of the Miami-Dade Florida Association of Women Lawyers; United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida; and Chairman of the Florida Federal Judicial Nominating Commission.