Susan N Dahlin
Former Medical Malpractice Defense Attorney
Attorney Susan N. Dahlin has spent many years honing her skills and representing defendants and their respective insurers. Since joining the Law Office of Marshall Silberberg, she has moved over to the other side of the bar where she has the opportunity to take a more personal approach to cases on the plaintiff’s side. Using the experience she gained as a defense lawyer; Dahlin brings a perspective of skepticism as well as a wealth of medical knowledge to her cases. This background allows her to assess the liability and causation issues from a position of knowledge.
As a naturally inquisitive person, Dahlin both enjoys and understands the best way to comb through a medical record, using that time to not only advance her client’s claims but also to advance her own knowledge on the subject. She has earned the respect of her peers over the years through her confident approach and takes pride in maintaining a sense of humor after all these years, a requisite skill to calm, engender confidence, bring levity where indicated, to disarm, and smooth waters.
Experience Working With Some of the Biggest Hospitals in the Country
Prior to relocating to Orange County in 1998, Dahlin worked as a partner at one of the oldest and largest firms in New Orleans where she represented the interests of physicians and hospitals in medical negligence claims. During that time, she represented three of the largest hospitals in the city and managed not only their litigation needs but their healthcare law matters as well. She and her firm also represented the major insurers of the day, and her docket ran from 150-200 cases under management on a regular basis.
The defining moments of Dahlin’s career all centered on obtaining good results for her healthcare clients. On that side of the bar, that meant securing a dismissal on Summary Judgment or prevailing at trial with the plaintiff taking nothing. She was also a regular lecturer at defense counsel seminars and at her facilities, where she spoke on matters arising in the field of medical negligence, changes in healthcare law, and mental healthcare.
When taking on a medical malpractice case, no matter which side of the bar she represents, Dahlin takes considerable satisfaction in mastering and conveying the medicine of each case. While the attorney’s job is to marshal the law to their client’s advantage, it is the medicine that ultimately becomes the defining variable in every medical malpractice case. Getting through the science, respecting the experts and conveying complex theories and causation to the satisfaction of the trier of fact is a key part of Dahlin’s approach to each case.
Becoming A Plaintiffs’ Attorney
After moving to Irvine, CA in 1998 and completing the bar exam, Dahlin continued her defense practice with established firms in Orange County where she first practiced with Marshall Silberberg. She eventually took a hiatus from her career to raise her two children – now 15 and 17 and heading off to college soon – but is thrilled to return with a renewed perspective and devotion to her clients and their success.
Dahlin relates to her clients on a personal level from the initial consultation through the conclusion of the matter. Because the Law Office of Marshall Silberberg specializes in catastrophic injury cases, the clients she works with are especially in need of a personal commitment to their causes. She enjoys the shared process of working with her clients, healthcare providers, and experts in collaboration with each party to hone her arguments in order to obtain the best outcome possible. Dahlin takes an organized approach in managing her cases that assures her clients that there is a process, a plan, and progress towards achieving their objectives.
The University of Alabama School of Law, Tuscaloosa, AL – Juris Doctorate,
Alabama Law Review, Senior Editor
- Published: The Alabama Supreme Court Evicts Unbargained for Exculpatory Clauses from Residential Leases, 36 Ala. L. Rev. 733 (1985)
- Birmingham Southern College, Birmingham, AL – Bachelor of Arts, December 1982, Magna Cum Laude