DTCI: Young Lawyer Spotlight: Susan R. Shan

This is an ongoing series introducing new DTCI attorneys to the wider legal community.

Firm: Kightlinger & Gray, LLP

Focus: Commercial litigation, product liability, professional liability, premises liability

Year(s) of Practice: One

What do you like best about your job? The ability and opportunity to handle a variety of cases. Working at Kightlinger & Gray has been particularly fulfilling due to a strong mentorship culture that gives young attorneys the confidence and skills to litigate cases on their own.

What has been the best moment so far in your legal career? The moment when relentless investigative work in trying to find the needle in the haystack pays off with the discovery of the “smoking gun” evidence needed to win the case. It’s an incredible feeling.


Why are you a member of DTCI? DTCI provides a tremendous amount of valuable resources to assist with my day-to-day responsibilities as well as my long-term goals.

Unforeseen hurdles of your first year(s) as a lawyer? As much as the legal profession has progressed in terms of breaking down barriers and eliminating outdated traditions, many barriers and outdated traditions still exist.

If you weren’t a lawyer, what would you be and why? Before attending law school, I was a sports reporter. I had spent my formative years in Texas, where episodes of “Friday Night Lights” were part of my daily life. Football was my first love, so I would have likely continued with sports reporting.

What you wish you knew then… I was a dreamer in my twenties. I wish I had understood just how important it is to be realistic and grounded about expectations.

Fun fact about you: After graduating from college, I was a professional poker player for several years.

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