Attorney Susan Vanderweert

Fighting for the medical treatment and compensation injured workers need to move forward with their lives

Susan Vanderweert joined the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin in 2015 handling Workers’ Compensation cases, and is a North Carolina 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 12 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.

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 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.

“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.

Practice Area:

Workers’ Compensation

Law School:

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


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

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

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

Specialization: Workers' Compensation

Board Certified Specialist North Carolina State Bar

Workers' Compensation
Board of Legal Specialization, North Carolina State Bar


  • 1999 Gressman-Pollitt Award for Outstanding Oral Advocacy – Best Appellee

AV Preeminent 20162


  • North Carolina State Bar
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Wake County Bar Association

Community & Civic Involvement:

  • Best Friend Pet Adoption
    • Board of Directors

1 Each case is unique and must be evaluated on its individual merits. Past results do not guarantee future outcomes.

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