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Suzanne Burnett

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Suzanne Vetter Burnett focuses solely on personal injury matters—primarily car crashes, premises liability, and nursing home abuse and neglect cases.

Suzanne is a Maryland native who grew up in Baltimore City. She attended Virginia Tech, where she studied Political Science and Professional Writing. She graduated Magna Cum Laude and received her bachelor’s degree. Suzanne then moved back to Baltimore City and continued her studies at The University of Baltimore School of Law, where she graduated Cum Laude.

After finishing law school, Suzanne moved to Annapolis and began her career as a Judicial Law Clerk for The Honorable Laura S. Kiessling (now Judge Ripken) in the Circuit Court of Anne Arundel County. After completing her clerkship, she entered private practice and worked with a firm handling solely personal injury Plaintiff’s work. During that time, Suzanne gained extensive litigation experience representing injured individuals against big business insurance companies. It was there that her passion for helping victims developed.

In 2012, after practicing law only two years, The Maryland Daily Record honored Suzanne as a “20 in their Twenties” award recipient for her professional accomplishments and service to the community. Suzanne is a founding member of the Young Patrons for Maryland Hall for Creative Arts and over the years has been actively involved with the Anne Arundel County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). Suzanne serves on the Anne Arundel Bar Association’s Board of Trustees (AABA) and is the former chair of the AABA New Lawyers Committee. She is also an active member of the Prince George’s County Bar Association and the Maryland State Bar Association. Suzanne is a member of the Maryland Association for Justice (MAJ), a group for Plaintiff trial lawyers, where she is involved specifically involved in the MAJ Women’s Caucus and sits on the MAJ’s Political Action Committee. Suzanne has been recognized annually since 2013 by Super Lawyers with the reveled distinction of ‘A Rising Star’ in Maryland and Washington D.C.

In June 2018, Suzanne received the President’s Award from the Anne Arundel Bar Association where she was recognized for her work on the board. In 2019, Suzanne was honored again by the Daily Record as a “Leading Women” honoree. This distinguished award is given to women age 40 or younger who have demonstrated tremendous accomplishments in their careers, while also showing a commitment to their communities and to inspiring change. Most notably, Suzanne played a large role in helping to plan the AABA Barrister’s Ball which raised funds to benefit veterans. She is a recent member of The National Women Trial Lawyers Association – Top 25, an invitation-only professional organization who exemplify superior qualifications of leadership, reputation, influence, and performance in their area of specialty. This exclusive organization focuses on highlighting and elevating the accomplished female attorney as well as provides a network comprised entirely of female attorneys for the public’s legal needs and case referrals.

Suzanne lives in Annapolis with her husband, Andrew, their son, Brooks, daughter, Quinn, and rescue dog, Koco.

Favorite Quotes

“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” — Maya Angelou

“Success isn’t about how much money you make.  It’s about the difference you make in people’s lives.” — Michelle Obama

“Fight for the things you care about, but do it in a way that lead others to join you.” — Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg

Bar Admissions

Maryland
Washington, D.C.

Education

University of Baltimore, School of Law, Juris Doctorate, J.D.
Virginia Tech, B.A. – Political Science Major, Professional Writing Minor

Involvement

  • Women’s Bar Association of Maryland, Member 2021-Present
  • Maryland Hall for Creative Arts, Board Member, 2021-Present
  • Maryland State Bar Association (MSBA), Member (2010-Present)
  • Anne Arundel County Bar Association (AABA), Member (2010-Present)
    • Board of Trustees Member
    • Former New Lawyer’s Committee Co-Chair
  • Prince George’s County Bar Association (PGCBA), Member (2011-Present)
  • Maryland Association for Justice (MAJ), Member (2011-Present)
    • Co-Vice Chair of Women’s Caucus, 2021-Present
    • MAJ Political Action Committee (PAC) Member
    • Auto Negligence Section Member
    • Mentor/Mentee Program Member
    • Legislative Leaders Circle Member
    • Nursing Home Section Member
    • Women’s Caucus Member
  • Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Anne Arundel County Supporter (2010-2018)
    • Former CASA for Baltimore City (2008-2009)
  • Young Patrons for Maryland Hall for Creative Arts, Founding Member (2010-2016)

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyers, Rising Star (2013-2021)
  • The Daily Record of Maryland, Leading Women Honoree (2019)
  • The National Women Trial Lawyers Association, Top 25 (2019)
  • Anne Arundel Bar Association, President’s Award (2018)
  • American Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys
    • 10 Best Female Attorney in Maryland (2019)
    • 10 Best Under 40 in Maryland (2018)
  • The National Academy of Personal Injury Lawyers,
    • Top 10 Personal Injury Attorney, Maryland (2018)
    • Top 40 Under 40 Attorney, Maryland (2016, 2017)
  • Top Attorneys – Outstanding Young Lawyer (2016)

Presentations and Publications

  • Anne Arundel County Bar Association District Court Webinar Regarding COVID-19 Operations (April, June and September, 2020)
  • The Practitioner Guide to District Court Practice in Maryland (2019)
    • Hosted by AABA New Lawyer’s Section in conjunction with Anne Arundel Community College and the Legal Studies Institute
  • Maryland Association for Justice Non-Economic Damages Seminar, Speaker (2017 & 2018)
  • Maryland Association for Justice, Trial Reporter: Women in Trial Law Edition, Article Author (Summer 2020)
    • “You Don’t Have to be a Rainmaker to be a Great Trial Attorney: Using Your Strengths to Make It Work”
Awards
  • Super Lawyers
    Super Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 40
    The National Trial Lawyers Top 40
  • 10 Best Attorney 2019
    10 Best Attorney 2019
  • National Women Top 25 Trial Lawyers
    National Women Top 25 Trial Lawyers
  • Daily Record - Leading Women
    Daily Record - Leading Women
  • Maryland Association of Justice
    Maryland Association of Justice
  • MSBA
    MSBA
  • NAOPIA
    NAOPIA
  • Super Lawyers - Rising Stars
    Super Lawyers - Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers
    Super Lawyers

Words About Suzanne

Clients Share Their Stories
    Suzanne is awesome and super personable!

    “The entire team I worked with was amazing. Everyone was welcoming and made sure I was clear on what was going on step by step. Suzanne is awesome and super personable.”

    - Tracy McLean
    She is definitely the attorney you want on your side!

    “I would recommend this law firm to any and everyone. Suzanne Burnett is the best attorney ever. She really looks out for her clients.”

    - Paulette Barrett
    Attentive, professional, kind and comforting!

    “I acquired the services of Potter Burnett Law in June 2019 due to an unfortunate accident. I found the firm on ‘Super Lawyers’ website; this firm is one of those best kept secrets, I want to share ...”

    - M Thomas
    Kept us in the know the entire time.

    “Suzanne and her team were simply amazing. From start to finish they were all professional, friendly and knowledgeable. I appreciate how they kept us in the know the entire time. I would recommend them ...”

    - Marrissa Robinson
    Her attention to detail really meant a lot to me.

    “Potter Burnett Law represented me for my automobile accident case. Suzanne Burnett was my attorney and was very professional, responsive to my needs, and gave excellent advice as my attorney. Even ...”

    - Vernon Ross

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