Susan J. Sadler is a founding Member of Dawda, Mann, Mulcahy & Sadler, PLC. She is the head of the Environmental, Energy and Sustainability practice group. She concentrates her legal practice on a broad spectrum of environmental issues.

Since the early 1980s, she has provided counsel on compliance with the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, Wetland Regulations, Endangered Species Act, and state environmental statutes and permitting requirements.

An experienced counselor, Ms. Sadler frequently defends corporations in administrative proceedings and environmental litigation brought by citizens groups, Attorney General Offices and the Federal Justice Department. Her legal expertise includes representing corporations in toxic tort litigation brought by individuals claiming damage and physical injury from exposure to chemicals, and representing individuals, corporations, municipalities and business entities in all aspects of environmental regulations. She also has experience in negotiating settlements with insurance carriers regarding pollution claims.

Ms. Sadler is LEED-AP accredited and is one of the few attorneys with this distinction.

Ms. Sadler is an active member of the American Bar Association’s Litigation and Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental law sections and past Vice Chair of the American Bar Association’s Solid and Hazardous Waste Committee. She is a Board Member of the Great Lakes Center for Legal Studies.

A frequent author, Ms. Sadler has made significant contributions to the Detroit College of Law Review, the first and second edition of The RCRA Practice Manual (published by the American Bar Association), and Environmental Law for Contractors. She also is a lecturer for the American Bar Association and State Bar of Michigan and has been a faculty member of the Law Institute Program of the Defense Research Institute.

Ms. Sadler earned her J.D. from the University of Toledo in 1980 and a B.A. from Albion College in 1977.

Susan J. Sadler


University of Toledo College of Law Toledo, Ohio, 1980 J.D

Albion College Albion, Michigan, 1977 B.A.


State Bar of Michigan
Environmental & Negligence Law Sections

American Bar Association
Natural Resources, Energy & Environmental Law Section

American Bar Association, 1990 – 1993
Solid Waste & Hazardous Waste Committee
Past Vice-Chair

Legal Institute of the Great Lakes
Advisory Board

Published Works

The RCRA (Resource Conservation and Recovery Act) and Update (Contributing Author), American Bar Association

“The Environmental Justice Initiative and Its Impact on Corporations”, LakeLinks for the Legal Institute of the Great Lakes, Winter 1998-1999

“Got Green?” Michigan State Bar Journal, October 2009

Environmental, Energy and Resources Law – ABA – A Year in Review, contributing writer, multiple years

Honors and Awards

Recognized by The Best Lawyers in America© – Environmental Law: 2010-2023, Litigation – Environmental: 2011-2023, Litigation – Real Estate: 2013-2014, 2019-2023

Top Lawyer: Environmental Law – DBusiness, 2010-2020

Top Lawyer: Energy Law – DBusiness, 2010-2019

One of 30 attorneys selected to the “Women in the Law” Class of 2017 – Michigan Lawyers Weekly

Named “Lawyer of the Year” by The Best Lawyers in America© – Detroit area, Environmental Law: 2017, Litigation – Environmental: 2015, 2018

Selected to Michigan Super Lawyers list – 2006-2021

Listed in Leading Lawyer: Energy Law, Environmental Law – Since 2014

AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated – LexisNexis/Martindale-Hubbell®

Selected to be featured in Crain’s DBusiness as one of 20 best lawyers – 2009

Bar Admissions

Michigan, 1981