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Susan M. Murray

Biography

Susan concentrates in family law, appellate practice, estate planning, and mediation. She has briefed and argued leading family law cases in the Vermont Supreme Court, and handles divorces involving complex financial issues and extensive marital assets as well as more straightforward divorce matters. Susan has tried many divorce cases and supports a collaborative and cooperative approach to divorce whenever possible. In all cases her goals for her clients are the same: to help them maintain their dignity and integrity during a difficult time in their lives; to provide them with a fair financial settlement; and to help create a climate that will allow them to co-parent their children after the divorce is over.

Susan handles adoptions, prenuptial agreements, postnuptial agreements, and surrogacy and sperm donor contracts. Susan also works with clients on estate planning issues and property co-ownership agreements. She has been involved in a number of leading cases, including Baker v. State of Vermont, which established a constitutional right to marriage equality for same-sex couples, and was instrumental in lobbying for the passage of Vermont’s civil union law.

Susan joined Langrock Sperry & Wool in 1984 after clerking for the Hon. William Hill, Associate Justice of the Vermont Supreme Court.

When not practicing law, Susan enjoys walking with her dog and working in her garden while listening to the Red Sox on the radio.

Education

New York University School of Law (J.D. 1983); Smith College (A.B. 1980) (Phi Beta Kappa)

Bar Admissions

Admitted to state and federal courts in Vermont

Memberships

Vermont and American Bar Associations; Vermont Association for Justice

Recognition

Susan has been annually recognized by The Best Lawyers in America® — the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession — as a leading attorney in Family Law since 1995, as well as being recognized for her work in Appellate Practice, Family Law Mediation, and Collaborative Law: Family Law since 2016. She was named as Vermont’s first ever “Family Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers in 2009 and received the same recognition again in 2013 and 2019. Susan’s numerable recognitions also include Vermont’s only state-wide business publication, Vermont Biz, which has repeatedly featured her in its yearly list of “Top Business Lawyers”.