Susan J. Russell







Susan originally hails from Canada and has lived in Pennsylvania for the past four years. Susan practiced civil defense litigation for approximately nine years with the Illinois law firm, KMA Zuckert (formerly Kaplan, Massamillo & Andrews), serving municipal and individual clients and defending all manner of tort and contractual claims in all phases of litigation. She has also litigated individual and consumer class actions on behalf of plaintiffs, as well as multi-district litigation matters. She was selected for Illinois' Super Lawyers Rising Stars list from 2012 to 2016.

 A graduate of Chicago-Kent College of Law, Susan was among those awarded the Order of the Coif for graduating in the top 10 percent of her class. She earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Susan served on Safe Humane Chicago's attorney committee for many years and remains a passionate animal welfare advocate.

She is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Illinois, and admitted to appear before a number of federal district courts.

Areas Of Practice

  • Medical Malpractice Defense

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey, 2021
  • New Jersey, 2021
  • Pennsylvania, 2020
  • U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois, 2008
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Indiana, 2008
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 2007
  • Illinois, 2006


  • Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Illinois
    • J.D. - 2006
  • Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario
    • M.A.
    • Major: English
    • Major: B.A. English/History

Honors and Awards

  • Order of the Coif
  • Illinois Rising Star (civil litigation defense category), Super Lawyers' Magazine 2012-2016

Past Employment Positions

  • Wittels McInturff Palikovic, plaintiff consumer class action/multidistrict litigation attorney
  • KMA Zuckert (formerly Kaplan Massamillo & Andrews) civil litigation defense attorney
  • Circuit Court of Cook County, law clerk for the Hon. Lee Preston, Supervising Judge, Law Division
  • Chicago-Kent College of Law, adjunct professor


To provide the most thorough and aggressive defense on behalf of our clients, with the ultimate objective of successfully defending those cases that warrant trial.

Martindale-Hubbell | AV | Preeminent | Peer Rated For Highest Level Of Professional Excellence | 2021
Rated By Super Lawyers 2024 | visit
AV | Martindale-Hubbell | Peer Review Rated | For Ethical Standards and Legal Ability
Client Distinction Award | Benjamin A. Post | 2015
Best's Client Recommended | Insurance Attorneys | Over 10 Years
AM | Best Client Recommended Attorneys 2024 | Over 10 Years