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Michelle R. Suskauer

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in West Palm Beach, FL

Dimond Kaplan & Rothstein PA
515 N. Flagler Drive, Suite P-300
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Phone: 786-755-6843
Fax: 561-671-1951
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007, 2009 - 2021
Licensed in Florida Since: 1991
Practice Areas: Criminal Defense (70%), Criminal Defense: White Collar (20%), Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (10%)
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Attorney Profile

Michelle R. Suskauer is past president of The Florida Bar and is managing partner of the West Palm Beach office of Dimond Kaplan & Rothstein, P.A., law firm. Nationally ranked as among the preeminent trial lawyers in the country, Ms. Suskauer has nearly 30 years of total legal experience, and she provides unmatched counsel and support to clients throughout South Florida and beyond who stand accused of any type of felony or misdemeanor criminal offense.

As a criminal defense attorney, Ms. Suskauer has gained a reputation as a leader in her field. She has also served as president of the Palm Beach County Bar Association as well as president of the Palm Beach County Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers. She has also served on the Board of Governors of The Florida Bar for the 15th Judicial Circuit, and she has chaired many of the organization's committees. Additionally, Ms. Suskauer is currently the President of the Board of Directors of Legal Aid Society Palm Beach County. She has been recognized by the many organizations including Florida 500 Most influential Business Leaders, Daily Business Review Top 10 Women in Law, Women Lawyer of the Year, South Palm Beach County FAWL

In addition, Ms. Suskauer has also appeared on various news outlets, including CNN, Fox News and others, where she has offered in-depth legal commentary on a variety of topics. Honored for her impeccable professionalism, she has earned an AV Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell along with a Top 100 Trial Lawyers designation from The National Trial Lawyers. She also holds a Legal Elite designation from Florida Trend magazine, and Palm Beach Illustrated voted her among the Top Lawyers in her region in 2019.

A 1988 graduate of Boston University, Ms. Suskauer obtained her Juris Doctor from the American University's Washington College of Law in 1991. She began her legal career as a public defender before entering private practice, and she has achieved a long record of securing acquittals, dismissals and reductions of charges for her clients.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 70%Criminal Defense
  • 20%Criminal Defense: White Collar
  • 10%Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI
Focus Areas

Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Debt, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, Failure to Pay Child Support, False Accusations, Felony, Juvenile Delinquency, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Overdrawn Bank Account, Parole, Probation, Prosecution, Sex Offenses, Tax Evasion, Theft, Traffic Violations, Criminal Domestic Violence, White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal, DUI/DWI


14 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2007, 2009 - 2021

About Michelle R. Suskauer

First Admitted: 1991, Florida

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Educational Background

  • Boston University, B.S. in Communications, 1988

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Guest Lecturer, Department of Juvenile Justice
  • Guest Lecturer, Palm Beach County School District
  • Guest Lecturer, Florida Atlantic University

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Co-Chair, Pro Bono Recognition Event, Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, 2007 - 2008
  • President, Board of Directors, Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, 2017
  • Created Breakfast and Books mentoring program that was recognized by the Governor of Florida and the Department of Juvenile Justice
  • Board of Directors, Bak Middle School of the Arts Foundation, 2009


  • Martindale Hubbell – AV Rating
  • The Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County honored the Palm Beach County Chapter of FAWL during Michelle's presidency with a Pro Bono Award for both the Adopt-A-Case and Breakfast and Books program
  • Florida Trend Magazine's Legal Elite
  • Top 10 Women in the Law, Daily Business Review, 2017
  • "Serving Justice" Award, Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County  , Daily Business Review Top 10 Women in Law, 2017

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Member, Palm Beach County Bar Association, 1993
  • President-elect of The Florida Bar, 2017
  • Past Chair Criminal Practice Committee, Palm Beach County Bar Association
  • Criminal Law Certification Committee, 2002 - 2006
  • Created "Adopt-A-Case" program, Florida Association for Women Lawyers
  • Emeritus Member, American Inns of Court
  • President, Palm Beach County Bar Association, 2009 - 2010
  • Chairperson, Florida Bar Annual Convention, 2013
  • Past Chair of Judicial Relations Committee, Palm Beach County Bar Association
  • Board of Governors 15th Judicial Circuit, The Florida Bar, 2010 - Present
  • Member, Florida Association for Women Lawyers, 1991
  • Chairperson, Holiday Children's Bookfest supporting Legal Aid's Children's Fund, Florida Association for Women Lawyers, 2003 – Present
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, 1994
  • Past Board Member, Palm Beach County Chapter, Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Board Member, Palm Beach County Bar Association, 2004
  • Past Chair, Bench Bar Conference, Palm Beach County Bar Association
  • President, Florida Association for Women Lawyers, 2002 - 2003
  • Created "Breakfast and Books" mentoring program, gaining statewide recognition and honors from Department of Juvenile Justice and Just Read! Florida. This program provides mentoring to at-risk girls both in the Department of Juvenile Justice residential custody as well as through the PACE Center for Girls, Florida Association for Women Lawyers
  • Florida, 1991
  • Past Chair of Programming, American Inns of Court

Industry Groups

  • Legal
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Office Location for Michelle R. Suskauer

515 N. Flagler Drive
Suite P-300
West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Phone: 786-755-6843

Fax: 561-671-1951

Last Updated: 7/26/2021

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