Susan Cone Kilgore
Susan Cone Kilgore has over 28 years of legal experience. She practices employment law, commercial litigation, advises clients on international law issues, and mediates disputes. She is licensed to practice in the State of Texas, the District of Columbia, the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, the Fourth, Fifth, Eleventh, and District of Columbia Circuit Courts of Appeals, and the Eastern, Northern, Southern, and Western Districts of Texas and the District of Columbia.
Ms. Kilgore graduated from Newcomb College of Tulane University in 1984. She earned her J.D. from Tulane University School of Law in 1988, where she served as a judicial exterm to the Honorable A.J. McNamara on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. She earned her LIM degree in international and comparative law from St. Mary’s University School of Law in 2013.
Ms. Kilgore began her legal career with Cook, Davis & McFall in Houston, Texas. She then entered public service as an attorney with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) in Houston. She moved with the FDIC to White Plains, New York, Dallas, Texas, New York, New York, and ultimately Washington, D.C., where she served as counsel until 2002. Ms. Kilgore formed the Houston and Texas City, Texas law firm of Aronowitz & Kilgore, where she served as managing partner (2002-2004). Ms. Kilgore was appointed to serve as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Western District of Texas (2004-2005). She then entered the business world, working as Director of Human Resources and later General Counsel for telecommunications provider for Pocket Communications (2006-2008).
Ms. Kilgore formed her own firm in San Antonio, Texas in 2008, where she served as Assistant City Attorney for the City of Castle Hills, Texas and as an Independent Hearing Examiner appointed by the Texas Education Agency, before joining King & Sommer, PLLC, in 2017.
Area of Practice and Expertise
Ms. Kilgore is a seasoned trial attorney and negotiator in commercial and employment matters. She litigates on behalf of and counsels business clients in connection with employment matters generally, employment policies, controversies and disputes, litigation avoidance, employment legal compliance, noncompetition and confidentiality agreements, and general risk management strategies. She assists clients in the drafting and periodic review of employment policies and procedures, employee manuals, and assists in the training of companies and their employees in the implementation of these policies and procedures. She also drafts, advises, and litigates employment agreements. Her clients include telecommunications, nonprofit, financial, environmental, construction, medical, and human resources companies. In addition to her litigation and employment practice, she advises on certain international matters, and provides mediation and dispute resolution services.
Ms. Kilgore has taught trial advocacy as an adjunct professor with the University of Houston Law Center and the Louisiana State University School of Law. She has taught trial advocacy skills through the National Institute of Trial Advocacy programs since 1996 and has conducted legal ethics programs for government attorneys with the United States Department of Defense, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and the United States Department of Justice. Ms. Kilgore coached the 2013 national championship winning St. Mary's Law School Negotiations Team.
Memberships, Community Involvement and Service
Former Director and Officer of Dallas, Houston, Pentagon, and San Antonio Chapters
Former Co-Chair of the National Professional Ethics Committee and ethics program presenter
Former National Vice President for the Fourth Circuit, supervising six existing chapters and developing two additional chapters in five states
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