Susan Vanderweert

“I love helping people resolve issues that are holding them back, and working toward helping them move forward with their lives. I am a good listener with a lot of life experience that helps me relate to people and understand their needs.”

- Susan Vanderweert

Susan.Vanderweert@farrin.com

919.328.5878

Attorney Susan Vanderweert


Susan Vanderweert joined the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin in 2015 handling Workers’ Compensation cases, and is a North Carolina State Bar Board Certified Specialist in Workers’ Compensation law. Prior to joining the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin, she represented the other side – insurance companies and employers – for more than 10 years.

Susan earned her J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law at Chapel Hill, where she was Editor-in-Chief for the North Carolina Journal of International Law and Commercial Regulation. She earned an M.A. in Liberal Studies from Duke University and a B.A. from the University of Minnesota Duluth, where she double majored in Political Science and Communication.

I love helping people resolve issues that are holding them back, and working toward helping them move forward with their lives. I am a good listener with a lot of life experience that helps me relate to people and understand their needs.

Throughout Susan’s career she has practiced in the areas of Appellate Advocacy, Insurance Regulatory Matters, and Workers’ Compensation. While she has worked in a variety of capacities – journalism, public relations, and managing a variety of nonprofit professional associations and trade groups – nothing comes close to the satisfaction she gets from helping injured workers.

“I remember one case that is particularly near and dear to my heart. I was able to help a 60-year-old injured worker obtain enough compensation so that he could buy a house straight out. This enabled him to finally relax without ever having to worry about having a roof over his head.” 1

Susan authored “Seeking Justice for ‘Comfort’ Women: Without an International Criminal Court, Suits Brought by World War II Sex Slaves of the Japanese Army May Find Their Best Hope of Success in U.S. Federal Courts,” Volume 27, Issue 1 of the North Carolina Journal of International Law and Commercial Regulation.

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Licensed in

  • North Carolina

Practice Area

Honors/Awards/
Accomplishments

  • 1999 Gressman-Pollitt Award for Outstanding Oral Advocacy – Best Appellee
  • Martindale-Hubbell “AV Pre-eminent Rating,3 2021
  • Best Lawyers® “Best Lawyers in America”4 list, 2021
  • Wake County Bar Association – Endowment Scholarship Committee

Memberships

  • North Carolina State Bar
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Wake County Bar Association
  • Certified Workers’ Compensation Specialist, Board of Legal Specialization of the North Carolina State Bar (original certification 2015, recertified 2020)

Community & Civic Involvement

  • Best Friend Pet Adoption – Legal Advisor

Law School

University of North Carolina School of Law
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
2002 J.D.

Graduate School

Duke University
Durham, North Carolina
1999 M.A. in Liberal Studies

  • Attended Exeter College, Oxford University, July 1995. Summer Programme in English Literature

College

University of Minnesota
Duluth, Minnesota
1979 B.A. in Political Science and Communication (double major)

  • News Director, UMD college radio station
  • Interned at CBS-affiliate radio-television station; hired as weekend radio news director
five star review badge Former Workers’ Compensation Client Online Facebook Review
Susan Vanderweert was my attorney
Susan Vanderweert was my attorney, and she was phenomenal! She made my mediation painless, and she worked really hard for me to get the best possible settlement … I would recommend James Scott Farrin if you need representation. They are awesome! 1
five star review badge Former Workers’ Compensation Client, Online Google Review
I want to thank everybody who worked on my case at James Scott Farrin.
I want [to] thank everybody [who] worked on my case at James Scott Farrin. They did a very professional and great job. I would recommend them to anybody that was ever looking for a lawyer, and I definitely would use them again. 1

For legal reasons and client confidentiality, reviews have been slightly edited to remove identifying information and correct typos.

3 For more information regarding the standards for peer review ratings, visit www.martindale.com.
4 For more information regarding the standards for inclusion for ‘Best Lawyers’
and ‘Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch’ visit: www.bestlawyers.com.