Susan E. Egeland



An experienced litigator who defends the assets and interests of corporate clients, Susan Egeland understands that the first step to advocacy is listening to her clients and tailoring her solutions to their needs. Her client-focused and results-oriented approach wins praise from clients, and she dedicates herself to distilling client objectives and developing bespoke strategies accordingly. Susan has defended hundreds of lawsuits for clients engaged in product liability, insurance, commercial and employment disputes and handles each according to its unique challenges. When representing clients in court, Susan will argue aggressively for her client’s best interests, whether that is a dismissal, favorable settlement or trial on the merits.

Susan’s corporate experience in product liability and business litigation, as well as large commercial cases, toxic tort litigation, sexual abuse, aviation and construction, spans numerous industries, including:

  • Insurance
  • Product manufacturing
  • Industrial facilities
  • Education

Susan is a frequent speaker on trial-related topics, including how best to prepare and defend a case from inception through motion practice, discovery and trial.

Representative Experience

  • Defended a national insurance company in coverage disputes throughout Texas
  • Defended schools and an educational research corporation in employment disputes over negligent hiring, training and supervision
  • Managed national defense for a major retailer in products liability cases pending in California, Texas and Arkansas, with case handling from initial pleadings through resolution, including trial
  • Served as national coordinating counsel for an international chemical company, managing all mass tort products and premises liability litigation and trial work
  • Defended manufacturers of products including industrial equipment, household appliances, paint and coatings, chemicals, toys, and others in national litigation
  • Defended employment disputes on behalf of large corporations, small businesses and physician practice groups


Bar Admissions

New York

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas


Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law
J.D. (2003)

Rice University
B.A. (2000)

Insights & Events

Leadership & Community

Pro Bono

  • National Immigrant Justice Center

Professional Associations

  • Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel
  • National Association of Women Lawyers
  • DRI: The Voice of the Defense Bar

Firm Leadership

  • Hiring Committee 
  • Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP — Hiring Partner, Dallas Office


  • Chambers USA — Texas, Insurance, 2022-23
  • Texas Super Lawyers — Rising Star 2009, 2013-18
  • Faegre Drinker — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2023
Awards Methodology
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