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Boston, MA 02108
Tel: 857 305 1960

Susan E. Schorr

Of Counsel, Litigation Department and Vice Chair, Education Law Practice Group

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Susan focuses her practice on education and employment, helping clients with general risk management, real-time problem solving, and crisis management. Grounded in thorough legal analysis, she offers practical advice and responsiveness. With a background as a social worker, public administrator, and a trustee of non-profit organizations herself, Susan approaches client challenges with an ability to integrate a variety of problem-solving frameworks, helping clients to arrive at practical solutions.

In the independent school context, Susan works with clients across the United States and internationally, and is particularly experienced in counseling senior leaders on parent, child and institutional relationships and conflicts, managing and conducting investigations in response to reports of sexual and other serious misconduct, and updating the policies, enrollment and employment agreements, trip and medical waivers, and other forms required to manage the daily life at boarding and day schools. Susan is a regular on the webinar and training circuit, both for individual clients and at regional and national conferences.

For all types of employers, Susan helps manage employment relationships, with a particular focus on addressing discrimination claims and other issues involving interpersonal conflicts. She drafts and negotiates employment contracts during the hiring process, and counsels clients on accommodations, employee discipline, and the termination process. She also manages and conducts workplace investigations in collaboration with human resource departments and in-house counsel.

Prior to joining McLane Middleton, 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. Before moving back to her home town of Boston in 2010, 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.


  • Massachusetts
  • New Hampshire
  • Maine 


  • Best Lawyers in America (2022) Employment Law - Management
  • 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)


  • Boston Bar Association, Member
  • Maine State Bar Association, Member
  • New Hampshire Bar Association, Member
  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Trustee Advisory Board and Patient Advisor Rounder
  • Yale Club of Boston, Secretary, Board of Trustees
  • YaleWomen, Boston Chapter Organizing Committee
  • Atelier 505 Condominium Trust, Trustee
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