Susan L. Dawson
“The real value, the part that makes our services different, comes from the level of engagement with our clients and the creative solutions we provide. I get it, I’m a business owner too. We respond quickly and give you direct answers – no legalese, hedging or delays. Our clients are not numbers. They are people with businesses to run that can’t wait for an answer – they need help now or their business suffers. That’s where we step in, so they can get back to growing their business.”
– Susan Dawson
Susan combines the focus and creativity of an entrepreneur with the pragmatism and technical experience of an employment and business lawyer. Over her almost 20-year career of representing local, national and international businesses, in addition to starting and growing her own business, Susan has earned a real-world, inside-out understanding of how the right legal counsel solves problems, removes barriers and protects a business’ interests so companies can get back to doing what they do best – running their business. Whether it’s taking a strategic view of an overall business plan, as she did when she served as temporary general counsel for a global business client, or focusing on the myriad small details involved in purchasing a multi-million dollar business or commercial development project, Susan approaches the task with creative, out-of-the box thinking that is grounded in years of dedication and focusing on supporting businesses.
Susan is AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®, considered the Gold Standard of Attorney ratings, this distinction is based on actual peer reviews and is held by only approximately 10 percent of attorneys nationwide. She is also the recipient of numerous awards, including Chicago’s Notable Women Lawyers 2018 by Crain’s Custom Media. She has also been voted as one of the 10 Best Attorneys for Exceptional and Outstanding Client Service by American Institute of Legal Counsel since 2016 and awarded 2018 Top 10 Employment & Labor Law Attorneys for Client Satisfaction by the American Jurist Institute.
Susan keeps up on the current trends in the ever-changing business marketplace by acting as a mentor at 1871, Chicago’s renowned incubator for entrepreneurship and technology, and MHub, the nation’s largest and fastest-growing innovation center focused on physical product development and manufacturing, as well as serving on the National Board for the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO). She is also a frequently sought-after speaker, including presentations to various bar associations, SHRM and the Illinois Manufacturing Association.
WHO DO WE SERVE?
Susan and her team provide legal counsel to the closely held business owner, family run companies, and entrepreneurs regarding all aspects of their business. Together with her team they provide legal advice regarding business law, employment law, commercial real estate, employment law, intellectual property and business immigration.
Susan’s clients vary from emerging entities just getting established to large organizations with complex needs. Typically clients come to Susan when they are either emerging from the “start-up” phase to “version 2.0” of their business and have outgrown their current attorney or they are simply looking for a firm that is more adapt at today’s faster-paced business environment – one that is agile, adaptable and able to provide work on a flat fee or scoped basis so that there are no “surprise” invoices.
Whether you are just starting out or you are a sophisticated business owner that is focusing on your succession planning so you can transition into retirement, my team uses plain language in our contracts and our communications (so you don’t need a law degree just to talk to us).
- Awarded 2019 and 2018 Certified Member of the Lawyers of Distinction by The Lawyers of Distinction Organization
- Voted 10 Best Attorneys for Exceptional and Outstanding Client Service by American Institute of Legal Counsel since 2016
- Lawyers of Distinction, 2018 and 2019
- Chicago’s Notable Women Lawyers 2018 by Crain’s Custom Media
- Top 10 Employment & Labor Law Attorneys for Client Satisfaction by the American Jurist Institute, 2018
- Leading Layer of the Year in the following categories: Closely & Privately Held Business Law and Real Estate Commercial by Leading LawyersSM, 2018
- AV Preeminent® rating by *Martindale-Hubbell®, 2015
- *Enterprising Women of the Year, 2015
- *Influential Women in Business Award, 2009
*Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings
Reviewers are asked to assess their colleagues’ general ethical standards and legal ability in a specific area of practice
Susan received an AV Preeminent® rating by Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™. An AV rating is the highest rating an attorney can receive. In Martindale’s own words “AV Preeminent® is a significant rating accomplishment – a testament to the fact that a lawyer’s peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence.”The Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ are generated from evaluations of lawyers by other members of the bar and the judiciary in the United States and Canada. Reviewers are asked to assess their colleagues’ general ethical standards and legal ability in a specific area of practice.
Legal Ability ratings are based on performance in five key areas: Legal Knowledge, Analytical Capabilities, Judgment, Communication Ability, Legal Experience
*The Annual Enterprising Women of the Year Awards
Recognizing the finest women entrepreneurs in North America and around the globe.
Monica Smiley, publisher and CEO of Enterprising Women magazine, has announced the winners of the 2015 Enterprising Women of the Year Awards, an annual tribute to the world’s top women entrepreneurs. Honorees will be recognized at the 13th Annual Enterprising Women of the Year Awards & Conference, Sunday, March 29 to Tuesday, March 31 at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.
The annual Enterprising Women of the Year Awards is widely considered one of the most prestigious recognition programs for women business owners. To win, nominees must demonstrate that they have fast-growth businesses, mentor or actively support other women and girls involved in entrepreneurship, and stand out as leaders in their communities. Many of the honorees also serve as leaders of the key organizations that support the growth of women’s entrepreneurship.
Award winners were recognized in seven categories this year: annual sales revenues of more than $100 million; annual sales revenues of more than $25 million and up to $100 million; annual sales revenues of more than $10 million and up to $25 million; annual sales revenues of more than $5 million and up to $10 million; annual sales revenues of more than $2 million and up to $5 million; annual sales revenues of more than $1 million and up to $2 million; and annual sales revenues of up to $1 million…
Winners in the “over $1 million and up to $2 million in annual revenues” category:
• Linda A. Fanaras, Millennium Integrated Marketing, Manchester, N.H.
• Adie Horowitz, Licenders, New York, N.Y.
• Debbie Oberbillig, Allen Partners, Inc., Seattle, Wash.
• Melinda Maine Garvey, AW Media, Austin, TX
• Susan L. Dawson, Waltz, Palmer & Dawson, LLC, Rolling Meadows, Ill.
• Charmane H. Sellers, ALEON Properties, Inc., Austin, TX
• Diana Peters, Symbol Training Institute, Skokie, Ill.
• Francine Friedman Griesing, Griesing Law, LLC, Philadelphia, Pa.
• Dr. Angela Marshall, Comprehensive Women’s Health, Inc., Silver Spring, Md.
• Moira Vetter, Modo Modo Agency, Atlanta, Ga.
*The Influential Women in Business Awards recognize outstanding women executives who excel in business, civic and personal arenas.[source]
Loyola University Chicago School of Law, JD 2000
Ohio University, BSC 1994
- Illinois State Bar Association, Member
- National Association of Women Business Owners, Immediate Past President and Director
- Northwest Suburban Bar Association, Member
- Village of Arlington Heights, Planning Commissioner
Should you have any questions about Business Law or would like to schedule a free initial consultation, please contact Waltz, Palmer & Dawson, LLC at (847) 253-8800 or contact us online.
Waltz, Palmer & Dawson, LLC is a full-service law firm with various areas of service to assist your business, including: Employment Law, Intellectual Property, Commercial Real Estate, Business Immigration, Litigation and general Business Law services. Individual services include Estate Planning, Wills and Trusts, Probate, Guardianship, Divorce and Family Law, Collaborative Divorce & Mediation.
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