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, Susan frequently defends corporations in administrative proceedings and environmental litigation brought by citizens groups, Attorneys 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.

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

Susan 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, Susan 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.

Susan 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, 1977 B.A.
  • State Bar of Michigan Environmental & Negligence Law Sections Member
  • American Bar Association Natural Resources, Energy & Environmental Law Section Member
  • American Bar Association, 1990–1993 Solid Waste & Hazardous Waste Committee Past Vice-Chair
  • Legal Institute of the Great Lakes Advisory Board Member
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