Because of Susan’s broad background in the practice of law, she can handle cases from investigation, to trial, and through appeal until final disposition. Licensed in both state and federal courts, there is little Susan has not seen over the duration of her legal career which began in 1986. She has tried over eighty jury trials and handled over fifty appeals. Because of her experience as an appellate briefing attorney, a teacher at colleges and police academies on the fundamentals of law, a trial lawyer who has handled thousands of serious criminal cases both as a state prosecutor and as a state and federal defense attorney, and her Board Certification in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Specialization, Susan understands the criminal case from all perspectives. Susan is the current (2018-2019) president of Waco-McLennan County Bar Association.
After graduating from Baylor Law School, Susan and has practiced law in Waco, Texas since that time. She is also licensed to practice law in Colorado and enjoys handling certain cases there when possible. She has guest lectured for Baylor, Baylor Law School, the McLennan County Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Association, the State Bar of Texas, the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and many other organizations.
Known among judges, colleagues, clients, and others as a lawyer who genuinely cares about her clients, Susan never forgets that she is vigorously advocating for real people who deserve honest communication, sensitivity, and respect.
Susan is involved in the Waco community, and especially in the cultural arts, having served as past President of the Waco Civic Theatre. She enjoys spending time with her family, her pets and enjoys just about every sporting activity.
Year Joined Firm:
1998--Law Offices of Susan N. Kelly; 2001–As Susan Kelly Johnston, the Law Offices of Johnston and Johnston; 2014–back to Law Offices of Susan N. Kelly)
Areas of Practice:
Criminal Defense: State and Federal. All Criminal Cases from misdemeanors to the most serious felony. Including, but not limited to drug and alcohol crimes, sex crimes, and assaults/homicides.
Personal Injury/Wrongful Death
Certified Legal Specialties:
Criminal Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1997
U. S. Supreme Court
U. S Court of Appeals–5th Circuit
U. S. Courts of the Western District (Former member of the Admissions Committee to the Waco Division)
Baylor University School of Law, Waco Texas
Baylor University, Waco, Texas
Honors and Awards:
1994-Recognition from Texas Dept. of Health–Bureau of Women and Children
“exemplary performance benefitting mothers and infants of Texas”