Meet Attorney Susan Faunce

Since joining Berman & Simmons in 2006, attorney Susan Faunce has represented clients throughout Maine who have been harmed by personal injury and medical negligence. She currently leads the firm’s mass tort practice, which involves dangerous drug and medical device litigation, and works on medical malpractice and wrongful death cases. Susan is motivated by compassion for her clients and an interest in medicine.

From a young age, Susan knew she wanted to become a lawyer, in hopes of making a significant impact on people’s lives. Today she is one of Maine’s leading personal injury attorneys and has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers, National Trial Lawyers, Chambers, and Benchmark Litigation.

“I was raised by a single mother who spoke limited English and I lived in an underdeveloped country as a young adult,” Susan says. “These experiences have taught me to be courageous, resourceful, and persistent. I understand that every case carries both legal and emotional aspects, and I believe every client should have a strong advocate who will work tirelessly to successfully resolve their case.”

Susan is a graduate of Bowdoin College where she majored in Government Studies and Asian Studies. After college, she worked as a paralegal on high-profile intellectual property cases at a major Boston law firm. She joined the Peace Corps and served in Morocco, teaching English to local high school students and French to women in the community. Susan chose to return home to Maine and earned her law degree from the University of Maine School of Law.

Susan is broadly active in Maine’s legal advocacy, serving in leadership roles at the Maine State Bar Association and Maine Trial Lawyers Association. In addition, she serves on the Local Rules Advisory Committee of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maine, the Maine Supreme Judicial Court Advisory Committee on the Rules of Evidence, and The Maine Justice Foundation. Susan is also a member of the American Association for Justice, as well as the National Mass Tort Trial Lawyers Association. Outside of work, Susan enjoys serving on the board of the Robbie Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides funding for adaptive equipment and therapies for special needs children.

Memberships & Distinctions

  • Maine State Supreme Judicial Court Advisory Committee on Rules of Evidence, 2023–present
  • United States District Court of Maine Local Rules Advisory Committee, 2019–present
  • Maine State Bar Association (MSBA), 2006–present
    • President-Elect, 2024–2025
    • Vice President, 2023–2024
    • Androscoggin County Representative, 2021–2022
    • Black, Indian, People of Color (BIPOC) Section Member, 2020–present
    • Diversity Committee Member, 2020–present
    • Women’s Law Section Board Representative, 2018–2020
    • Women’s Law Section Co-chair, 2016–2018
  • Maine Trial Lawyers Association (MTLA), 2006–present
    • Past-President, 2022–2023
    • Treasurer, 2020–2021
    • Board of Governors, 2018–present
  • American Association for Justice (AAJ), 2007–present
    • Selected member of the Leadership Academy 2019–2020
    • Maine Delegate, 2017–2019
  • National Mass Tort Trial Lawyers Association, 2017–present
  • Maine Justice Foundation, Board of Directors, 2020–present
  • Robbie Foundation, 2013–present
    • Board Member, 2016–present
    • Volunteer, 2013–present