Susan O'Malley

O'Malley Tunstall PLLC
PO Box 1158
405 N Main St
Tarboro, NC 27886-1158
(252) 823-2266
www.omalleytunstall.com


Ms. O'Malley went to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She graduated Cum Laude. She attended law school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is licensed to practice in the following courts: the state of North Carolina; Federal District Court in the Eastern District of North Carolina; Federal District Court in the Middle District of North Carolina; the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals; and the District of Columbia. She started her practice with this firm as an associate in 1995. She became a partner in 1998.

Ms. O'Malley is a North Carolina State Bar Certified Specialist in Social Security Disability Law. She was an original board member for the specialization committee.

Ms. O'Malley has appealed and won cases Social Security disability cases in Federal District such as Joyner v. Barnhart. She won Hines v. Barnhart in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. This case reaffirmed important rights for Social Security claimants to prove their disability through testimony regarding how pain limits their ability to work. She also won Willey v. Williamson Produce, a workers compensation case, before the North Carolina Supreme Court.

Ms. O'Malley is a member of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice. She is actively involved in their Disability Advocacy Section. She has served as education chair; vice chair and chair of the Disability Advocacy Section. She continues to participate in their education programs. She is a member of the American Association for Justice. She has served as the chair of their Disability Law Section. She is also a member of the National Organization of Social Security Claimant's Representatives.

She has been a speaker on Social Security Seminars in North Carolina and around the United States.

Year Joined Firm

1995

Areas of Practice

Workers' Compensation
Personal Injury
Medical Malpractice
Certified Legal Specialties

Social Security Disability Law, North Carolina Bar, 2006

Bar Admissions

North Carolina, 1994
District of Columbia, 1996
U.S. District Court Eastern District of North Carolina, 1998
U.S. District Court Middle District of North Carolina, 2010
U.S. District Court Western District of North Carolina, 1998
U.S. Bankruptcy Court Eastern District of California
U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit

Education

University of North Carolina School of Law, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
J.D. - 1994
Honors: Holderness Moot Court Invitational Team - 1993 to 1994
Honors: Dean's List, Academic Years - 1992 to 1993, 1993 to 1994
Honors: Student Bar Association, Secretary
Honors: Student Bar Association, Treasurer
Honors: Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity, Chapter Clerk
University of North Carolina, Charlotte
B.S. cum laude - 1990
Honors: Phi Kappa Phi Honor Fraternity
Honors: Alpha Phi Sigma (Criminal Justice Honor Society)
Honors: Phi Eta Sigma Honor Fraternity
Minor: Criminal Justice Administration

Published Works

Appended Motion Requesting the "Struck Jury" System in Voir Dire in The Article by David Ball, Tips & Strategies, The "Struck System" of Jury Selection, North Carolina Lawyers Weekly, February 3, 1997
Daubert versus Social Security's Medical Expert, ATLA Social Security Disability Law Section Newsletter, Vol. IV, Number 1 Fall, 2000
Effective Interaction With The Government: How to Get Results With Minimal Delays, NCATL Social Security Law Seminar, 1996
Jimmie R. Keel and Susan M. O'Malley, Use of Lay Testimony to Prove Disability in Pain Cases, NCATL Social Security Law Seminar, 1995

Representative Cases

Joyner v. Barnhart (Federal District Court)
Hines v. Barnhart (4th Circuit Court of Appeals)
Willey v. Williamson Produce (North Carolina Supreme Court)

Classes/Seminars

Speaker at NCATL Social Security Disability Law Seminar, Cary, North Carolina, 2007 - Present
Panelist at NOSSCR Seminar, Baltimore, Maryland, 2007 - Present
Speaker at NCATL Social Security Disability Law Seminar, Winston-Salem, North Carolina December, 2006 - Present
Speaker at NCATL Social Security Disability Law Seminar, Winston-Salem, North Carolina March, 2006 - Present
Speaker at North Carolina Bar Association Social Security Law Seminar, Cary, North Carolina, 2004 - Present
Panelist at ATLA Social Security Disability Law Seminar, Boston, Mass, 2004 - Present
Speaker at Wake Forest University School of Law General Practice Symposium Raleigh, North Carolina, 2003 - Present
Moderator for ATLA Social Security Disability Law Seminar, Atlanta, Georgia, 2002 - Present
Speaker at ATLA Social Security Disability Law Seminar, Chicago, Illinois, 2000 - Present
Panelist at ATLA Social Security Disability Law Seminar, San Francisco, California, 1999 - Present
Speaker at NCATL Social Security Law Seminar, Greensboro, North Carolina, 1996 - Present
Co-Chair, NCAJ's Social Security; A Primer for a New Decade, Fayetteville, NC, 2011
Speaker, AAJ's Social Security Success Seminar, Las Vegas, NV, 2010
Speaker, AAJ's Social Security Success! Seminar, Las Vegas, NV, 2008
Panelist, NOSSCR Seminar, Baltimore, MD, 2007
Speaker, Wake Forest University School of Law General Practice Symposium, Raleigh, NC, 2004

Professional Associations and Memberships

North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, Disability Advocacy Section, Member
American Association for Justice, Disability Law Section, Member
National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives, Member
North Carolina Advocates for Justice
North Carolina Bar Association
North Carolina State Bar, Board Member, Social Security Specialization Committee, 2006 - 2009
North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, Board of Governors, 2004 - 2007
North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, Disability Advocacy Section, Past Chair, 2003 - 2005
North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, Disability Advocacy Section, Chair, 2002 - 2003
North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, Disability Advocacy Section, Vice Chair, 1998 - 2000
North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, Disability Advocacy Section, Education Chair, 1998 - 2000
American Association for Justice, Social Security Disability Law Section, Chair, 2001 - 2002
American Association for Justice, Social Security Disability Law Section, Chair Elect,, 2000 - 2001
American Association for Justice, Security Disability Law Section, Newsletter Editor,, 1999 - 2000