Suzanne Bass serves Of Counsel to the firm, handling civil appellate and litigation support matters, with emphasis on summary judgment and other dispositive motion practice in state and federal courts. Ms. Bass has over 28 years of business litigation experience and served over 11 years as an Associate Municipal Judge for the City of Dallas. She has enjoyed a high degree of success in her motion and appellate practice. Recent representative cases include: successfully defending summary judgment for defendant architectural firm on appeal; obtaining reversal on appeal of summary judgment against individual third-party defendant in business contract dispute; obtaining dismissal of out-of-state defendant for lack of personal jurisdiction; obtaining favorable settlements as a result of summary judgment and jurisdictional motions filed for multiple defendants in personal injury and indemnity cases; obtaining voluntary dismissal of insurance coverage dispute upon filing of motion for summary judgment; negotiating favorable settlement of insurance coverage dispute based on summary judgment position; assisting in obtaining judgment in favor of client on counterclaim against it through trial brief on pertinent legal issue of first impression in the court and preparation of findings of fact and conclusions of law adopted by court in final judgment; assisting in obtaining favorable ruling on appeal by filing amicus curiae brief bringing to court's attention a controlling case relied upon in appellate court's decision.
Ms. Bass is licensed to practice law in Texas and Oklahoma. She is also admitted to practice in the United States District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas and the Northern, Eastern and Western Districts of Oklahoma; the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.
Ms. Bass is a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation. She is a member of the Dallas Bar Association, the State Bar of Texas, and the Oklahoma Bar Association. She is also a member of the Dallas Bar Association's Appellate Law Section and Business Litigation Section, having served as its Chair (1994), Vice Chair (1993), Secretary (1992), and Treasurer (1991). She co-founded the DBA's Employment Law Section in 1993, serving on its Council (1993-96). Ms. Bass continues to serve on the DBA's Bar None Production Committee and Cast, as well as the Mock Trial Committee (as an attorney advisor and mock trial judge). She has also served the DBA in the past as Continuing Legal Education Committee Chair (1993) and Vice Chair (1992); Bylaws Committee member (1990-91); and Entertainment Committee member (1990); Mock Trial Problem Committee (1991). She has also served on the State Bar of Texas Municipal Courts Section Board (1996-97) and the Court Costs and Efficiency Committee (1990-92). She is a former member of the Texas Municipal Courts Association; Dallas Women Lawyers' Association (Board Member- CLE Compliance 1994-95); College of the State Bar of Texas; and Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee.
Ms. Bass co-authored Chapter 16, "Immunity Defenses," published in Architect and Engineer Liability: Claims Against Design Professionals, 3d Ed. (2006, Aspen Pub.), with D. Mark Davis of the firm. Ms. Bass's Continuing Legal Education speeches and publications include serving as a lecturer and authoring papers for the following: Advanced Evidence Seminar, University of Houston Law Center (1988); Advanced Civil Trial Seminar, University of Houston Law Center (1989); Advanced Evidence and Discovery Seminar, State Bar of Texas (1989); Federal Civil Practice Seminar, Federal Bar Association (1990), on the subjects of privileges, summary judgments, and evidence. She served as Course Director for the following: Dallas Bar Association Employment Law Evening Seminar (1992); Dallas Bar Association Learning from the Masters Litigation SuperSeminar (1993); Dallas Bar Association Employment Law Evening Seminar (1993).
Ms. Bass received her undergraduate (B.B.A. with emphasis in finance and accounting, cum laude grade average) and law (J.D.) degrees from Southern Methodist University, winning first place in the law school's trial advocacy competition. She also participated in moot court, served as Chief Justice of the Moot Court Staff, and was President of the Association of Women Law Students. Ms. Bass is a native of Dallas, a high honors graduate of W. H. Adamson High School, where she was involved in many extracurricular activities, including National Honor Society.
Ms. Bass is actively involved as a volunteer in various capacities in church, school, Boy Scouts, and community organizations. She is married and is the mother of two, a daughter and a son.
Suzanne Bass, born Dallas, Texas, October 12, 1952; admitted to bar, 1983, Oklahoma and U.S. District Court, Western District of Oklahoma; 1984, Texas; 1987, U.S. District Court, Northern and Western Districts of Texas; 1989, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas; 1992, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit; United States Supreme Court; 2005, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas; 2008, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Oklahoma.
- Education: Southern Methodist University (B.B.A., 1980; J.D., 1983; mock trial champion).
- Lecturer: Advanced Evidence Seminar, University of Houston Law Center, 1988; Advanced Civil Trial Seminar, University of Houston Law Center, 1989; Advanced Evidence and Discovery Seminar, State Bar of Texas, 1989; Federal Civil Practice Seminar, Federal Bar Association, 1990.
- Author: Chapter 16, "Immunity Defenses," Architect and Engineer Liability: Claims against Design Professionals, 3rd Edition, May 2006.
- Member: Dallas Bar Association (Business Litigation Section [Chair, 1994; Vice Chair, 1993; Secretary 1992, Treasurer, 1991]; Employment Law Section [Council member 1993 - 1996; co-founder of Section, 1993]; Bar None Production Committee, 1988 - 1990, 2005 - Present; By-Laws Committee, 1990 - 1991; Entertainment Committee, 1990; Mock Trial Problem Committee, 1991; Continuing Legal Education committee [Chair, 1993; Vice Chair, 1992]); State Bar of Texas. Fellow: Texas Bar Foundation; Associate Municipal Judge, City of Dallas, 1995 - 2006; Oklahoma Bar Association.