Background

Susan Holden is a partner and shareholder in the law firm of SiebenCarey where she has spent her career representing clients in a variety of complex personal injury and wrongful death claims. She focuses her practice in cases involving trucking and automobile accidents, product defects, construction accidents, medical malpractice, and class action matters involving privacy and data breaches. Susan's practice also includes serving as an ADR neutral, either arbitrator or mediator, hired by other attorneys to resolve their clients' cases.

Susan has earned a reputation as a hard-working and talented trial lawyer. Since 1995 she has been certified as a Civil Trial Specialist by the Minnesota State Bar Association, a distinction achieved by less than one percent of women lawyers in Minnesota. Martindale-Hubbell, the most respected legal directory in the legal community, gave Susan an AV Preeminent 5.0 Rating, its highest rating for professional skills and integrity.

Susan is recognized by her peers as one of the state's premier trial attorneys. She is an officer of the American Board of Trial Advocates, an elite organization of accomplished trial attorneys whose qualifications require demonstrated significant courtroom skill and experience, high personal character, and an honorable ethical reputation. She is a member of the International Society of Barristers, an honor society of outstanding trial lawyers based on a rigorous screening process that considers the lawyer's ability, experience, accomplishments and ethical standards as assessed by trial lawyers and judges. She has also received peer recognition many times as a Leading Minnesota Attorney, Top 40 Personal Injury Lawyer, Top 100 Super Lawyer and Top 50 Women Super Lawyer, and is recognized as one of The Best Lawyers in America.

In addition to her successful trial practice, in 2008 Susan was appointed by the Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice to chair the Special Master Panel in the specially created compensation process for survivors of the I-35W bridge collapse. Her responsibilities included designing and implementing a claims process, completing hearings and damages determinations in 179 claims, and deciding a fair distribution of the $36.64 million appropriated by the legislature to compensate survivors of that disaster.

Susan's career has included extensive involvement in law related organizations and bar associations, including leadership as president of the Minnesota State Bar Association (2005-2006) and president of the Hennepin County Bar Association (1999-2000). she serves on the American Bar Association's House of Delegates as well as the boards of a variety of other professional associations and community organizations including non-profits in the Twin Cities and in northern Minnesota where she grew up.

Susan has been honored with numerous awards and recognitions which include 2016 Professionalism Award from the Hennepin County Bar Association,  2011 Law In Public Service Honor Roll Award from the American Bar Association Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section, 2009 Fidelis Apparitor Award from the College of St. Benedict, 2009 Professional Excellence Award from the Minnesota State Bar Association, 2008 Outstanding Service to the Profession Award from Minnesota Lawyer, 2008 President's Award from the Minnesota State Bar Association, 2007 Superior Service Award from Northwest Minnesota Legal Services, 2006 Distinguished Alumna Award from William Mitchell College of Law, 2006 Member of the Year Award from Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association, 2006 David Graven Public Service Award from the MSBA and 2005 Attorney of the Year Award from Minnesota Lawyer.

Susan is admitted to practice in the Minnesota State and Federal Courts, the Federal Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. She is also a frequent author and lecturer in the areas of trial practice, substantive law, and ethical leadership in the profession.

Awards and Associations

Best Lawyers in America

Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs

Civil Trial Law Specialist

Minnesota State Bar Association

President's Award

Minnesota State Bar Association 2008

Professionalism Award

Hennepin County Bar Association 2016

AV Preeminent 5.0 Rating by lawyers.com and Martindale-Hubbell lawyers directory

Highest rating for professional skills

Top 40 Personal Injury Attorneys

Minnesota Law & Politics

Member of the Year

Minnesota Association of Justice 2006

Professional Excellence Award

Minnesota State Bar Association 2009

Top 50 Women Super Lawyers

Thomson Reuters

American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys

Ten Best Personal Injury Attorneys

2008 Outstanding Service to the Profession

Minnesota Lawyer

Women to Watch

Business Journal

Top 100 Super Lawyers

Thomson Reuters

2005 Attorney of the Year

Minnesota Lawyer

Top 100 Trial Attorneys

The National Trial Lawyers

Super Lawyer - Thomson Reuters

PI General - Plaintiff

America's Top 100 Attorneys

Lifetime Achievement Member

American Association for Justice Leader's Forum

Member

Anoka County Bar Association

Member

Hennepin County Bar Association

President 1999-2000

Minnesota State Bar Association

President 2005-2006

Hennepin County Bar Foundation

Board of Directors

Minnesota Association for Justice

Member

Minnesota Continuing Legal Education

Board of Directors

Minnesota Women Lawyers

Advisory Board

Academy of Certified Trial Lawyers

Member

American Inns of Court

Douglas K. Amdahl Chapter Member

American Bar Association

Member

American Association for Justice

Member

American Bar Foundation

Fellow

National Conference of Bar Presidents

Member

American Board of Trial Advocates

Member

International Society of Barristers

Fellow

Achieve Services, Inc., Training and Habilitation Agency

Board of Directors

Lakeland Public Television

Board of Directors

Citizen's Commission to Preserve An Impartial Judiciary a/k/a The Quie Commission

Member

League of Women Voters

Member, Minneapolis Chapter

Client Reviews

Featured News and Articles

Susan Holden Receives HCBA Professionalism Award

Susan Holden receives the 2016 Professionalism Award by the Hennepin County Bar Association. Professionalism Awards are presented to “members of the bench and bar who best exemplify the pursuit of the practice of law as a profession, including a spirit of public service and promotion of the highest possible level of competence, integrity and ethical conduct.”

Sapientia Law Group and SiebenCarey Join Forces to Bring Class Action on Behalf of Individuals Whose Federally Protected Drivers License Information Was Improperly Accessed more than 11,000 Times by Minnesota’s Department of Natural Resources

Following the heels of the largely publicized Rasmusson v. City of Bloomington, et al. privacy case involving 140 law enforcement personnel across Minnesota accessing a former co-worker's private drivers' license information, the DNR advised 5000 Minnesota citizens that one of its former employees also improperly accessed their private information through the Department of Public Safety's database.

35W Panel's Impossible Task Nears End

Sue Holden is chairwoman of the Special Master Panel set up by the Legislature to figure out how much money should go to each survivor of the I-35W bridge collapse.

What Is Life Worth?

At first mention, $36.6 million sounds like a lot of money. But try dividing that sum among the 179 eligible victims of the 35W bridge collapse and the amount quickly starts to look much smaller.

Katrina Relief: We Made a Difference

Months after Hurricane Katrina devastated areas from Mobile to New Orleans the breadth of destruction and what remains to be done is overwhelming.

Women To Watch

Lots of people aspire to make a career of helping people. Susan Holden is someone who has actually lived up to that ideal.

Holden Up the Bar

Personal injury trial lawyer Susan Holden is the third woman to take over as president of the Minnesota State Bar Association.

A Good Day To Be A Lawyer

The values that make our justice system appealing to others in the world make us proud of being lawyers and our unique role in our system of justice.

Our Latest You Should Know Newsletter

Injured Workers Have Third Party Option After Work Comp
Work injuries are life changing and still all too common in America. Injured workers wonder if they will ever return to work, how they will pay for extended care and rehabilitation, and who will pay the bills while they recover. Today, workers’ compensation insurance is available in all 50 states and covers some medical care and lost income. But with workers’ comp benefits under attack and shrinking in many states, injured workers should not overlook possible third party actions for additional financial support.

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Education

  • J.D., Cum Laude, 1988, William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, MN
  • B.A., Magna Cum Laude, 1984, St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN

Why I Became a
Know Your Rights
Personal Injury Attorney

I went to law school so that I could help people and make a difference in my community. Since then, I’ve spent more than 30 years representing injury victims and their families, all at SiebenCarey. Each case is unique, but my long career means I’ve seen a lot and approach every client with experience and expertise. When I conclude a case successfully, my clients know they have been treated fairly and have achieved a measure of financial security for the future.

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Client Reviews

out of 9 reviews
Darren Ness
Very professional and courteous staff with a drive to make you comfortable in every aspect of their service.
Steve Erwin

I have referred several personal injury and wrongful death cases to Susan Holden for handling. Susan has been very professional in her approach to these cases and has obtained settlements on behalf of the clients. She also is very courteous, knowledgeable, and has a great "bedside manner" in dealing with her clients. Several clients have thanked me for referring their cases to Susan.

Cynthia Vermeulen

I have worked on cases with Sue Holden of Sieben Carey for over 20 years. As a trial attorney, I feel confident referring my clients with personal injury issues to Sue, as I know she and her team take the time to listen to their clients, explore and explain their options, monitor their recovery with compassion and persistently advocate for them in negotiations and in court. Sue has the utmost credibility in the legal community and an ability to resolve complex problems. She is highly respected by the courts as well as attorneys for her competence and steadfast dedication to helping injured people. I recommend working with Sue Holden and her team without reservation.

Roberta Jordan

My family was referred to Susan Holden at SiebenCarey by our hometown attorney in a wrongful death case.  She was very accommodating to us and very approachable. Staff was top notch and doggedly pursued two different insurance companies to accomplish an outcome far beyond anything we'd anticipated. We could not have gotten results close to what she achieved without her. We will be forever appreciative. 

Jenna L. at Insider Pages
I have had nothing but great service with these guys. They are very knowledgable on a wide variety of subjects and topic. They will help you with any case you need!
St. Paul Local 12
Thanks for everything, your experience paid off BIG!!!
Daniel Ball
Really good professionals, they solved my issues in no time using the most impressive and advanced approach. Really good, highly recommended
Carly R.

My boyfriend was hit by a car and while all the attorneys he talked to said he didn't have much chance of a case, SiebenCarey took him on and gave him a fighting chance. He's still recovering, but SiebenCarey is making it a lot easier.

Jazz Smith

SiebenCarey is a professional and dedicated law organization that help accident victim.