Attorney Susan Myres always wanted to become a lawyer, ever since she was a small child, but she never understood why. It turns out that it is in her blood! Susan’s grandfather, who passed when her father was a young man, was an attorney in Dallas. Her early inclination towards the profession was stimulated further by her high-school history teacher, who also happened to be a lawyer. She took an interest in Susan’s career path and arranged for her to interview one of the Kansas Supreme Court justices for a class project.
Susan enrolled in the business school at the University of Kansas and enjoyed the work, but in the back of her mind still knew she wanted to be a lawyer. Once she came back to Texas and entered law school at the University of Houston, she thought the most lucrative practice she could have would be to represent clients who had resources to protect. This is why Susan first pursued tax law. She took almost all of the classes offered in tax law and realized that her passion was not to spend her life immersed in taxes. She participated in mock trial competitions making it to regionals when she realized she wanted to pursue litigation and conflict resolution. That focus and her interest has never wavered since.
When Susan started practicing law, she wanted to do anything that would get her near a courtroom. Within the first two years of practicing, she engaged in three jury trials not realizing that she was too naïve and inexperienced to be litigating jury trials during this very early phase of her career. Nevertheless, she won! Her boss, the late Jane Shepherd, had quite a practice developing in family law and, because of those connections, Susan also soon had a good practice in progress. The result has been a series of interesting clients, ever-varied facts, and wonderful fellow practitioners. Susan found her niche and never looked back.
Susan’s family law practice has continuously given her an opportunity to satisfy her passion for resolving conflicts, whether through traditional litigation, mediation, arbitration, or collaborative law. Her background in business and in tax law allows her to effectively cope with property cases involving businesses and/or high net-worth individuals.
Over the course of Susan’s career, she has developed a keen interest in mental health, psychology, and the dynamics of interpersonal relationships, which has trained her to better represent clients by meeting them where they are and assessing how she can assist them in navigating toward their goals.
Susan approaches clients as if she were an aunt or a big sister. She has often said, “This is not my money. These are not my children. This is not my life. The decisions you make here have to be yours. If you want my opinion, I will give it to you as I would as a trusted sister or aunt, but the final decisions have to be yours. My job is to provide you with options and information so that you are informed before you make the decisions that will impact you and your family.”
Susan was born in San Antonio moving to Houston in the 60s. Her family moved to Kansas for a few years and then moved back to Houston in the late 1970s. Houston has remained her home ever since. Her primary activity outside of work has been her longstanding involvement with the national American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, a group of over 1,600 family lawyers practicing in every state, who have to pass a rigorous series of tests and reviews to gain admission. She’s been working in AAML leadership for over 12 years and just served as president in 2019/2020. The resources the AAML and its Fellows have provided Susan’s clients have been priceless. Susan is also very involved in her church, serving the local community through her church affiliation. She is married to John Uri and they have a daughter who will be practicing law in Denver.
- Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Family Law, Texas 1988
- Admitted to the State Bar, Texas 1982
- Admitted to the United States District Courts, The Northern District of Texas
- Admitted to the United States District Courts, The Southern District of Texas
- Admitted to the U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
- University of Houston Law Center, Houston, Texas - J.D., 1982
- University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas - B.S., 1979
Honors and Awards
- Selected as Texas Super Lawyer - 2006 – present
- David A. Gibson Award for Professionalism and Excellence in the Practice of Family Law, presented by the Gulf Coast Family Law Specialists - 2016
- December 14, 2020 – Houston Chronicle – Rules of the Road for Navigating Holiday Co-Parenting During COVID
- November 7, 2020 – WebMD News – Pandemic Drives Couples to Divorce or to Seek Help
- August 13, 2020 – Houston Chronicle – Divorce Lawyer: COVID is Straining Marriage.
- June 27, 2019 – Understanding the Unique Needs of ‘Silver Splitters’ in Divorce
- November 22, 2019 – Information Overload in Family Practice: Problematic and Getting Worse
- November 20, 2019 – As Tech, Science Speed Ahead, ‘Law Is Almost Always Behind,’ New AAML Leader Says
- September 21, 2019 – As the Sessions Divorce Nears Trial, It’s Worth Noting Rising Divorce Rates Among the Elderly
- September 21, 2019 – Houston Chronicle – As Sessions Divorce Nears Trial, It’s Worth Noting Rising Divorce Rates Among Elderly
- Issue 9, 2012 International Institute of Space Law – Family Law and International Space Travel
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