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Susan M. Holden

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Minneapolis, MN

SiebenCarey Personal Injury Law
901 Marquette Avenue, Suite 500
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Phone: 612-333-4500
Fax: 612-333-5970
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2001 - 2021
Licensed in Minnesota Since: 1988
Practice Areas: Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (60%), Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (30%), Alternative Dispute Resolution (10%)
Attorney Profile

Susan Holden is a partner and shareholder in the law firm of SiebenCarey where she has spent her career representing clients in a variety of complex personal injury and wrongful death claims. She focuses her practice in cases involving trucking and automobile accidents, product defects, construction accidents, medical malpractice, and class action matters involving privacy and data breaches. Susan's practice also includes serving as an ADR neutral, either arbitrator or mediator, hired by other attorneys to resolve their clients' cases.

Susan has earned a reputation as a hard-working and talented trial lawyer. Since 1995 she has been certified as a Civil Trial Specialist by the Minnesota State Bar Association, a distinction achieved by less than one percent of women lawyers in Minnesota. Martindale-Hubbell, the most respected legal directory in the legal community, gave Susan an AV Preeminent 5.0 Rating, its highest rating for professional skills and integrity.

Susan is recognized by her peers as one of the state's premier trial attorneys. She is an officer of the American Board of Trial Advocates, an elite organization of accomplished trial attorneys whose qualifications require demonstrated significant courtroom skill and experience, high personal character, and an honorable ethical reputation. She is a member of the International Society of Barristers, an honor society of outstanding trial lawyers based on a rigorous screening process that considers the lawyer's ability, experience, accomplishments and ethical standards as assessed by trial lawyers and judges. She has also received peer recognition many times as a Leading Minnesota Attorney, Top 40 Personal Injury Lawyer, Top 100 super Lawyer and Top 50 Women Super Lawyer, and is recognized as one of The Best Lawyers in America.

In addition to her successful trial practice, in 2008 Susan was appointed by the Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice to chair the Special Master Panel in the specially created compensation process for survivors of the I-35W bridge collapse. Her responsibilities included designing and implementing a claims process, completing hearings and damages determinations in 179 claims, and deciding a fair distribution of the $36.64 million appropriated by the legislature to compensate survivors of that disaster.

Susan's career has included extensive involvement in law related organizations and bar associations, including leadership as president of the Minnesota State Bar Association (2005-2006) and president of the Hennepin County Bar Association (1999-2000). She served a three year term on the on the American Bar Association's Board of Governors (2018-2021) and continues serving in the ABA House of Delegates, as well as service on the boards of a variety of other professional associations and community organizations including non-profits in the Twin Cities and in northern Minnesota where she grew up.

Susan has been honored with numerous awards and recognitions which include 2016 Professionalism Award from the Hennepin County Bar Association,  2011 Law In Public Service Honor Roll Award from the American Bar Association Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section, 2009 Fidelis Apparitor Award from the College of St. Benedict, 2009 Professional Excellence Award from the Minnesota State Bar Association, 2008 Outstanding Service to the Profession Award from Minnesota Lawyer, 2008 President's Award from the Minnesota State Bar Association, 2007 Superior Service Award from Northwest Minnesota Legal Services, 2006 Distinguished Alumna Award from William Mitchell College of Law, 2006 Member of the Year Award from Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association, 2006 David Graven Public Service Award from the MSBA and 2005 Attorney of the Year Award from Minnesota Lawyer.

Susan is admitted to practice in the Minnesota State and Federal Courts, the Federal Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. She is also a frequent author and lecturer in the areas of trial practice, substantive law, and ethical leadership in the profession.

Certificates and Credentials

About Susan M. Holden

First Admitted: 1988, Minnesota

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Bar/Professional Activity

  • International Society of Barristers, Fellow
  • American Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers Association, Member, Advisory Board
  • American Association for Justice, Member
  • Academy of Certified Trial Lawyers of Minnesota, Member
  • National Conference of Bar Presidents
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Member, Past President, 2005-2006
  • Minnesota Association for Justice, Member, Board of Governors
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Member
  • Hennepin County Bar Association, Member, Past President, 1999-2000
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Minnesota CLE, Board of Directors

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Chair of the Board of Directors, Achieve Services, Inc.
  • Board of Directors, Lakeland Public Television
  • League of Women Voters, Member, Minneapolis Chapter

Educational Background

  • William Mitchell College of Law, JD, cum laude, 1988; St. Cloud State University, BA, magna cum laude, 1984.

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • Susan was appointed in 2008 by the Chief Justice of Minnesota's Supreme Court to chair the Special Master Panel in the State of Minnesota's special compensation process for survivors of the I-35W bridge collapse.  Susan and two other attorneys developed the claims process, completed hearings with survivors, determined the amount of compensation each survivor would receive, and disbursed the $36.64 million appropriated by the Minnesota legislature for this purpose.

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Susan Holden is a certified Civil Trial Specialist by the Minnesota State Bar Association, a distinction achieved by less than one percent of women lawyers in Minnesota.  She has been so certified since, 1995


  • Conferred by the Minnesota State Bar Association in recognition of Susan's outstanding efforts on behalf of the legal profession and the administration of justice., Professional Excellence Award, 2009
  • Conferred by the MSBA Bar President, Brian Melendez, in recognition of Susan's outstanding assistance and support to the association and its mission, President's Award, Minnesota State Bar Association, 2008
  • Conferred by the Red Mass Committee, College of St. Benedict, for Susan's exemplary service, outstanding competence and leadership, and her adherence to the directive in the Rule of Saint Benedict:  “No one is to pursue what is judged better for oneself, but instead, what is judged better for someone else.”, Fidelis Apparitor Award, 2009
  • Conferred by MTLA for Susan's outstanding contributions and tireless efforts on behalf of the association and its members, Member of the Year, Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association, 2006
  • Conferred by the American Bar Association, Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section in recognition of Susan's passion for public service and pro bono activity., The Law in Public Service Honor Roll Award, 2011
  • Conferred by the editors of the Minnesota Lawyer in recognition of Susan Holden's years of work on behalf of the state bar and the courts, as well as her successful litigation career., Outstanding Service to the Profession, Minnesota Lawyer, 2009
  • Conferred by editors of Minnesota Lawyer for Susan's efforts on behalf of the legal profession and her leadership of the bar's nationally recognized Katrina Relief effort, Attorney of the Year, Minnesota Lawyer, 2005

Industry Groups

  • American Association For Justice
  • American Bar Association House Of Delegates
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • International Society Of Barristers
  • Minnesota Association For Justice
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers

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Office Location for Susan M. Holden

901 Marquette Avenue
Suite 500
Minneapolis, MN 55402

Last Updated: 10/22/2021

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