»Ms. Susan L. Thompson

Susan Thompson

Education:

Southern Methodist University, Bachelor of Arts;

Chapman University, Juris Doctor in Law

Office Location: 328 N. Glassell Street, Orange CA 92866

Office Hours: 8AM-4:30PM

Office Phone: 714-628-2696

Email: suthomps@chapman.edu

Susie Thompson graduated with honors from Southern Methodist University with a Bachelor of Arts in Radio-Television-Film and Japanese.  Thompson became involved with the AMVETS Legal Clinic while attending Chapman University Fowler School of Law, where she earned her J.D. in 2011.  While in law school, she earned a CALI highest achievement award in Legal Research and Writing.

Thompson is a Post-Doctoral Clinical Fellow at the AMVETS Legal Clinic.  She has represented veterans with Discharge Upgrades before the Naval Discharge Review Board and the Board for Correction of Naval Records, with various offenses ranging from drug abuse, the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, and AWOL.  She also has experience with various civil matters, including landlord/tenant law, property tax, family law, and Social Security Benefits.  She has argued before the United States Court of Federal Claims in Washington, D.C.  and appeared pro hac vice in the United States District Court Northern District of Alabama. 

She has also worked with a wide variety of Department of Veterans’ Affairs claims, including Survivor Benefits, Disability Compensation and Pension Benefits, Education Benefits, Waiver of Debt, Burial expenses, Traumatic Service Group Life Insurance, etc.  She has represented multiple clients in filing VA appeals and appearing before the Board of Veterans Appeals.  She has vast experience with disability compensation claims involving Agent Orange exposure, Military Sexual Trauma, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury.  She has recovered thousands of dollars from the VA on behalf of her clients. 

Thompson’s work with the VA inspired her piece published by the USC Center for Innovative Research titled, “Navigating the Department of Veterans Affairs with Invisible Wounds: How to Overcome the Stigma of “Delay, Deny, & Hope You Die.” 

Susie Thompson is from Seattle, Washington.  She was a Division 1 NCAA walk-on varsity athlete for the SMU Rowing Team where she earned a full rowing scholarship, become a three-time captain, and was named a national scholar athlete in 2005. 

Thompson is admitted to the California Bar and the United States District Court, Central District of California. 

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