Susan Healy Zitterman
Firm: Kitch Drutchas Wagner Valitutti & Sherbrook
Address: One Woodward Avenue, Suite 2400
Detroit, MI 48226
Membership: State Bar of Michigan (Chairman: Standing Committee on Appellate Court Administration, 1987-1993; 1995 and 1998 Bench Bar Foundation Conference; Council Member, Appellate Section, 1998-2004; Co-Chairman, Michigan Court Practice Committee, 1997-
University: University of Michigan, B.A., with distinction, 1978, Wayne State University, J.D., 1981
Admitted: 1981, Michigan; 1985, U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit; 1986, U.S. Supreme Court; 1991, Ohio; 2010, Illinois
Biography: Susan Healy Zitterman leads the firm's appellate practice and has been with the firm since 1983. Ms. Zitterman concentrates her practice on appellate and complex litigation and trial support in cases originating with the Kitch firm, as well as those being handled at the trial court level by other firms. During her notable career, she has represented clients successfully in cases resulting in published decisions impacting Michigan law in areas of employment discrimination and tort reform.In addition to her distinguished work in the appellate courts, Ms. Zitterman was appointed by the Michigan Supreme Court to serve on the Model Civil Jury Instructions Committee from 2001 through 2009. Ms. Zitterman has published several articles on critical legal issues faced by healthcare institutions, particularly tort reform.Ms. Zitterman is licensed to practice law in Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, and the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, as well as the United States Supreme Court. Prior to joining the Kitch firm, she served in the Michigan Court of Appeals as a law clerk to the Honorable Myron H. Wahls, and as a prehearing attorney.Ms. Zitterman is AV® Peer Review Rated by LexisNexis/Martindale Hubbell. The AV Peer Review rating is the highest rating allowed. It attests to a lawyer's legal ability and professional ethics, and reflects the confidential opinions of the Bar and the Judiciary.From 2006 to 2014, Ms. Zitterman was named a Michigan Super Lawyer in Appellate Practice, and one of the “Top 50 Women Lawyers” in all practice areas. She also was named one of the “Top 25 Women in Business” in 2013, and one of the “Top 100” lawyers in 2009, 2010 and 2014. Only five percent of the attorneys in the state are named Super Lawyers. Ms. Zitterman has been recognized in DBusiness Magazine as a “Top Lawyer” since 2012.Ms. Zitterman received her J.D. from Wayne State University, and a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from the University of Michigan.Professional Memberships:Member, Michigan Supreme Court Committee on Model Civil Jury Instructions, 2001 - 2009Council Member, State Bar of Michigan Appellate Section, 1998-2004Co-Chairperson, State Bar of Michigan, Michigan Court Practice Committee, 1997-2004Chairperson, State Bar of Michigan, Appellate Court Administration Committee, 1987-1993Member, Society of Irish American LawyersPro-Bono Assignment Panel, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, Pro Bono Assignment Panel, 1983-1989.