Estate Planning Focus - Winter 2015

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​Meet Susie Meyers

Susie Meyers wasn’t planning to be a lawyer. In fact, the more her mother suggested she become a lawyer, the more she resisted the idea. Instead, Susie was an English major at the University of Michigan and moved to Chicago right after graduation with a goal of working in the publishing industry. Instead she got a job at the American Bar Association as a meeting planner where she coordinated meetings and helped coordinate legal articles for publication in various law journals. That’s when she became intrigued with the law, took the LSAT and enrolled in law school at Indiana University. The area of trusts & estates law was of special interest for Susie early on as she enjoyed putting together the puzzle pieces of real property law, tax law and probate and trust law to achieve her client’s goals. She loves working with individual clients and the positive and proactive nature of her practice.

Susie joined Warner Norcross after earning her J.D. and has become a key leader in the firm. She currently chairs the firm’s Trusts & Estates Group and has twice served on the firm’s Management Committee. In 2015 she was named one of the state’s leading “Women in the Law” by Michigan Lawyers Weekly, has been named a Michigan Super Lawyer since 2006 and has been included in Best Lawyers in America since 2003.

When she’s not in the office serving clients and leading the efforts of the firm’s more than 20 trust & estate lawyers and eight paralegals, Susie can usually be found outdoors. She loves all seasonal outdoor activities including cross country skiing, snowshoeing, mountain biking, tennis and hiking. She is an avid bird watcher and gardener (her dad was an allergist and she grew up learning all about plants). She and her husband are empty nesters this year with both of her children attending college at her alma mater, Indiana University.

Seen and Heard

  • Mark Harder will speak on November 17 at the Family Office Exchange (FOX) Trustees and Beneficiaries Workshop in New York City on “Selecting the Right Trustee – Know Your Options.” (www.familyoffice.com)
  • Top Saginaw business attorneys Gregory Demers and David Klippert joined Warner Norcross and are based in the Midland office. (Oct. 7 WNJ.com)
  • Welcome to David Thoms, who recently joined Warner Norcross & Judd and divides his time between the Southfield and Kalamazoo offices. (Sept. 9 WNJ.com)
  • Mark Harder has authored a commentary for Michigan’s Uniform Principal and Income Act. Harder’s commentary explains key terms and provisions of the legislation which provides guidance and requirements for those who administer ongoing trusts.
  • Susan (Susie) Gell Meyers has been honored by Michigan Lawyers Weekly as one of the leading “Women in the Law.” (July 29 WNJ.com)