Susan J. Silvernail

Susan J. Silvernail

  • Attorney


Birmingham, AL




As a child, Susan Silvernail caught onto the concept of fairness quickly, but her passion for the truth came during her time as a television news reporter and producer. Assigned to cover crime beat and the court system, Silvernail got a firsthand view of attorneys and judges at work.

"As a journalist, I learned to tell a complicated story in about a minute and a half because on television news, things move very quickly since broadcasts are only 30 minutes."

Her ability to tell a quick, concise and accurate story has served clients well at Marsh, Rickard & Bryan, P.C. For several years now, she has focused on telling clients' stories through video, capturing a client's struggles in his or her own words.

"My passion is to give back to the community, to make a difference in people's lives through being a good communicator, and to let people know that Marsh, Rickard & Bryan is here to help them during their difficult times in life."

Areas Of Practice

  • Personal Injury Law
  • Products Liability
  • Fraud
  • Wrongful Death
  • Technology

Bar Admissions

  • Alabama, 1990
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Alabama
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Alabama


  • Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama
    • J.D. - 1990
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Honors: Member, Curia Honoris
  • Goucher College, Towson, Maryland
    • B.A. - 1978
    • Honors: With Honors

Published Works

  • The Tort of Bad Faith and Avoiding the $250,000 Cap on Punitive Damages, The Alabama Lawyer, March, 1990
  • "Electronic Evidence Discovery in the Computer Age", The Alabama Lawyer, May, 1997


  • Ethics for Evolving Technologies, Technology Seminar, Birmingham Bar Association, 2014
  • "Internet Marketing for Lawyers", ABICLE 2008 Law Practice: Tips from Masters, 12/17/2008 to 12/17/2008
  • "Computer Access: Limitations & Remedies", ABICLE 2008 Tort Law Update, 12/12/2008 to 12/12/2008
  • "Thirty Sites in Thirty Minutes", ALAJ Sandestin Summer Seminar, June 2008
  • "Metadata: What it is & Why You Should Care", ALAJ Seminar, 04/09/2008 to 04/09/2008
  • "E-Discovery", AAPI Winter Seminar, 02/17/2008 to 02/17/2008
  • "Metadata", Alabama Association for Justice, Summer Seminar, 2007
  • New E-Discovery Rules: 2006 Amendments to FRCP, Birmingham Bar Association, 2006 to 2006
  • Basic Applications for Law Practice: PowerPoint, Birmingham Bar Association, 2006 to 2006
  • "New E-Discovery Rules: Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure", ATLA Mid-Winter Seminar, 2006 to 2006
  • "DeMystifying Electronic Discovery", NEALSA Seminar, 2005 to 2005
  • "E-Discovery: Preserving the Evidence", Discovery Update, ABICLE, 2004 to 2004
  • "Sure Fire Ways to Get into E-Trouble", ATLA Summer Seminar, 2004
  • "Using PowerPoint in Civil Litigation", "Technology for the Law Office and Courtroom", Birmingham Bar Association, 2003 to 2003
  • "Making the Most of PowerPoint Presentations", ATLA, 2003 to 2003
  • "Your Guide to the Web", ATLA Mid-Winter Conference, 2003 to 2003
  • "Practice Tips on the Internet", Birmingham Bar Association, 2002 to 2002
  • "Top Ten Web Picks", ATLA Annual Seminar, 2000 to 2000
  • "Electronic Evidence: Discovery in the Computer Age", Business Torts and Antitrust Law Institute, ABICLE, 1998 to 1998
  • "Electronic Mail", The Litigator's Edge, ABICLE, 1997 to 1997
  • "Discovery of Electronic Data", The Woman Advocate, ABICLE, 1996 to 1996
  • "Electronic Evidence: Discovery in the Computer Age", The Litigator's Toolbox Seminar, ABICLE, 1996 to 1996
  • "Discovery of Electronic Data", Computers in Litigation Seminar, ABICLE, 1995 to 1995

Honors And Awards

  • Birmingham Bar Foundation, Fellow, 2018

Professional Associations And Memberships

  • Alabama Civil Justice Foundation, Member, Board of Directors, 2007 to 2010
  • Alabama State Bar, Member, 1990
  • Alabama Association for Justice, Member, 1990
  • American Association for Justice, Member, 1990
  • Birmingham Bar Association, Public Service Committee
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Legal Marketing Association, Member, 2006

Past Employment Positions

  • Pittman, Hooks, Marsh, Dutton, & Hollis, P.C., Attorney
  • WBRC-TV News, Producer
  • WSFA -TV News, Reporter
  • WDHN-TV News, Anchor

Pro Bono Activities

  • Birmingham Bar Foundation, Board of Directors, Member
  • Firehouse Shelter, Board of Directors, Former Member
  • Unitarian Universalist Church of Birmingham, Board of Directors, Member, Former
  • Alabama Civil Justice Foundation, Board of Directors, Member, Former
  • Redmont School in the Waldorf Tradition, Board of Directors, Chair, Former