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300 TradeCenter
Suite 7000
Woburn, MA 01801
Tel: 781 904 2715

Susan E. Schorr

Of Counsel, Litigation Department

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Biography

Susan Schorr, Of Counsel to McLane Middleton, finds solutions to legal questions and challenges faced by independent schools and social service organizations, and conducts investigations when serious misconduct is alleged. Grounded in thorough legal analysis, she offers practical advice and responsiveness. With a background as a social worker and current trustee of several non-profit organizations herself, Susan approaches client challenges in a holistic and detail-oriented manner.

In the independent school context, Susan works with clients across the United States and is particularly experienced in counseling senior leaders on parent, child and institutional relationships and conflicts, conducting investigations in response to reports of sexual abuse and other serious misconduct, and updating policies and protocols with a focus on risk management and compliance.

Susan advises both schools and social service organizations on a variety of topics, including governance and administration. She has effectively shepherded clients through crisis management situations. With significant professional experience as a social worker and public administrator, Susan approaches problems with an ability to integrate a variety of problem-solving frameworks, helping clients to arrive at practical solutions.

Prior to joining McLane, Susan was Of Counsel at Tennant Lubell, where her practice also focused on challenges centered in the student/parent/client institutional space. She helped to grow the independent school education practice at Schwartz Hannum PC. As part of the in-house legal team at Boston Children’s Hospital, Susan advised clinical staff on a variety of patient care issues on a real-time basis, in addition to supporting counsel handling malpractice and employment litigation.

When living in Maine, Susan handled a range of civil litigation and administrative law matters while in private practice at Curtis Thaxter LLC in Portland and served as a law clerk for the Maine Superior Court.

Susan received her B.A. in English from Yale University, MSW from Columbia University School of Social Work, MPA from Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs and her J.D. from Boston College Law School.

Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • Maine 

Recognition

  • New England Super Lawyers Massachusetts Rising Star (2014, 2015)
  • Fellow in Medical Ethics, Harvard Medical School, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine (2011-2012)
  • Journal of Law & Social Justice (formerly Third World Law Journal), Senior Articles Editor, Boston College Law School (2004-2005)
  • Award for Excellence in Clinical Practice, Metropolitan Chapter of the New York State Society for Clinical Social Work (1998)

Involvement

  • Boston Bar Association, Member
  • Maine State Bar Association, Member
  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Overseer
  • Yale Club of Boston, Secretary, Board of Trustees
  • Atelier 505 Condominium Trust, Trustee

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