• Juris Doctorate (J.D.), 1985, West Virginia University College of Law
  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Political Science, 1982, West Liberty State College

State Bar Admissions

  • Michigan
  • West Virginia





Licensed to Practice In

  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • United States District Court, Western District of Michigan
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • United States District Court, Northern District of West Virginia
  • United States District Court, Southern District of West Virginia
  • Michigan Supreme Court
  • West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals
  • All Michigan and West Virginia appellate and circuit courts

Susan D. Koval

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200 Talon Centre Drive
Suite 200
Detroit, Michigan 48207

T: (313) 567-5921
F: (313) 567-5928

Practice Overview

Ms. Koval focuses her practice on employment litigation and arbitration and has extensive experience counseling employers on the full scope of employment and labor relations subject matters. She utilizes a strategic, proactive approach to resolving workplace issues and aggressively defends employers against claims such as wrongful discharge, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, breach of contract, FMLA and wage and hour claims before federal and state courts and administrative agencies, including class action lawsuits. Her successful federal and state trial practice begins with an uncompromising attention to detail which has resulted in voluntarily dismissals by plaintiffs during or immediately following depositions, the entry of summary dismissals by trial judges, favorable verdicts for employers, and victories on appeal.

In addition to an accomplished trial practice and the day-to-day counseling with managers and executive-level employees, Ms. Koval conducts workplace investigations and trains employers’ workforces - from entry level positions to high level executives and officers - on discrimination and harassment in the workplace and other employment issues.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Member, American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section, Litigation Section, and Law Practice Management Section
  • Member, Associated General Contractors of Michigan Legal Advisory Committee
  • Member, Federal Bar Association, Eastern District of Michigan
  • Member, State Bar of Michigan, Labor and Employment Law Section and Litigation Section
  • Member, Board of Directors, National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF)

Noted Presentations and Publications

Ms. Koval has been a presenter or guest lecturer for numerous employers and organizations on a variety of topics, including employment law, personnel records, and tort law for educators.

"Taking Transgender Workplace Obligations Seriously," Law 360, May 2015

Honors and Distinctions

  • Michigan Super Lawyers, 2010-2012, 2014-2021
  • Leading Lawyers in Michigan, Employment Management, 2018, 2020 and 2021
  • Class of 2015 "Women in the Law," Michigan Lawyers Weekly
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent rating 5.0/5.0