Susan Lax

Susan Lax

Susan Lax, Esq.

Education

1987, J.D., Seton Hall University School of Law, Newark, NJ

1982, M.S., Nursing:  Rutgers University, Newark, NJ

1980, B.S., Nursing:   Fairleigh Dickinson University, Rutherford, NJ

1976, R.N., Holy Name Hospital School of Nursing; Graduated first in class

Professional Licensure

R.N. – Nursing, 1976

Admitted to New Jersey Bar, 1987

Admitted to Oregon Bar, 1991

Admitted to Ohio Bar, 1996

Work Experience

1996 – Present, Managing Partner at Susan J. Lax, R.N., MS, LLC

Attorney at Law, Solo practitioner in Akron, Ohio. 

Areas of emphasis include: personal injury, medical negligence, domestic relations law, complex probate and guardianship involving medical issues, foreclosure, bankruptcy and general civil litigation.

1994 – 1996, Of Counsel to the Law Firm of Philip W. Murray Co., LPA, Akron, Ohio

Responsible for all personal injury files including client interviews, complex

Medical records analysis, preparation of settlement brochures, negotiation with various insurance companies and all phases of litigation and trial preparation.

1991 – 1994, Managing Partner at Susan J. Lax, Attorney at Law – Corvallis, Oregon

Areas of practice included personal injury litigation, workers compensation, medical malpractice defense, family   law, criminal defense and   the representation of clients in small business matters. Supervised records, the review and processing of voluminous quantities of client’s   medical records, conducted physician interviews, attendance at depositions of clients and medical experts. Attended numerous hearings before the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, settlement and mediation negotiations, and jury trials.

1988 – 1990, Managing Partner at Susan J. Lax, Attorney at Law – Verona, NJ

Area of emphasis:   Personal injury, Workers Compensation Law and Real Estate Law

1987 – 1988, Law Associate, Marc J. Terner, Attorney at Law, Wayne, NJ

Responsibilities included handling all phases of personal injury litigation, workers compensation, criminal defense including capital murder cases and family law.

1986 – Law Clerk, Terner & Herman

Worked as an assistant (composing legal briefs, motions, memoranda) for a two attorney firm.

Areas emphasis:  Real Estate Law and Personal Injury Law.

1982 – 1986, Neurosurgical ICU:  Clinical Nurse Specialist, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey

Major responsibilities included physical assessment of critically ill neurosurgical patients and formulation of nursing care plans.  Responsible for initiating and organization and management of an 8 bed neurosurgical intensive care unit at a level I Trauma Center.   Responsible for the development and implementation of a twelve-week course to train nurses to care for patients in the Neurosurgical ICU and Surgical Intensive Care Trauma Unit. Responsible for daily patient rounds to ensure quality patient care.  Responsible for the direct supervision of neurosurgical residents in the ICU.  Composed and implemented the Do Not Resuscitate   Policy for terminally ill patients.  Responsible  for  grief  counseling with families  of  terminally ill patients, including counseling family members to assist the organ transplant  team  in  the procurement  of  donor  organs.  Participated in scientific research  studies  related  to  the  control  of intra-cranial  pressure  in  critically ill patients.

Certified in Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) and Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS)

1981 – 1982, Assistant to the Dean of the College of Nursing

Responsibilities included assisting the Dean to evaluate the quality of the under-graduate and graduate program in the college of nursing

1981 – 1982, Teaching Assistant, Rutgers University College of Nursing

Responsible for didactic classroom instruction, including lesson plans, course implementation and direct clinical supervision of nursing students in the hospital setting.

1980 – 1982, Senior Staff Nurse, East Orange VA Hospital Surgical ICU

Responsible for  the pre-operative and immediate post-operative care of open  heart surgery patients,  including  coronary artery bypass surgery, aortic and mitral valve replacement, management of patients on intaortic balloon pumps,  management  of  patients  on  vasoactive  drugs, ECG interpretation, hemodynamic monitoring, and chest tubes.

1976 –  1980, Charge Nurse:  CCU – ICU, 11:00 p. m. – 7:00 a. m. shift at Barnert Memorial Hospital, Patterson, NJ

Responsible for ECG monitoring, physical assessments, all phases of nursing care and management of patients immediately post myocardial infarction.

Professional Memberships

2013 – Present, Advisory Board of ITT Technical Institute, College of Nursing

2012 – Present, Advisor/Adjunct Instructor, Brown Mackie College, Akron, Ohio – Department of Nursing.  Liaison for Paralegal program

1997 – 1998, President, Summit County Medical Alliance Member of Women’s Auxiliary Board- Akron City Hospital Board Member, Children’s Concert Society

1987 – Present, Member of the American Bar Association

1987 – Present, American Trial Lawyers Association

1987 – Present, American Bar Association (2014 – present)

1987 – Present, Ohio State Bar Association

2007 – Honorary Chairman on the Business Advisory Council of the National Republican Congressional Committee

2007 – Trustee, Summit County Trial Lawyers Association