Cantilo & Bennett, L.L.P.

Susan E. Salch

Susan E. Salch, a managing partner since 2018, has more than 26 years of experience in the administration, rehabilitation, and liquidation of insolvent insurers. Since joining C&B in 1995, Ms. Salch has served as counsel to the Deputy Receiver or Special Deputy Receiver (“SDR”) gaining experience across the country. Her litigation experience includes defense of claims and related petitions filed in the receivership court as well as litigation filed in other jurisdictions. Ms. Salch has worked to defend class-action lawsuits, and both pursued and defended cases in receivership court.

Ms. Salch serves, or has served, as the primary responsible person for C&B in its capacity as SDR in five Texas receiverships. As the partner in charge of the day-to-day operations of these receiverships, Ms. Salch continues to expand her management experience and knowledge of the insurance industry. Ms. Salch leads takeover teams, and oversees the work of legal, accounting, tax, claims, reinsurance, and IT subcontractors. She has negotiated real estate sales, reinsurance recoveries and commutations; coordinated and litigated with state insurance guaranty associations; identified claims against, and pursued, former officers, directors, and owners and others responsible for the insolvencies; and successfully defended motions to lift the receivership stay of litigation.

In addition to her broad range of experience in the insurance industry, Ms. Salch has negotiated and prepared contracts and corporate documents for emerging enterprises in Texas, including the formation of limited partnerships and limited liability companies, as well as book, film, and music publishing and licensing contracts. An avid football fan, Ms. Salch was certified by the NFL Players Association as a contract advisor from 2007-2009. Ms. Salch is also a certified mediator, having completed the Dispute Resolution Center 40-hour mediation training program in 2001.

Ms. Salch, a fifth-generation Texan, was born in Houston, Texas. She graduated magna cum laude from Southern Methodist University in 1991 with a B.A. in Advertising and a General Business minor. She received her J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law in 1994. Ms. Salch was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in November 1994. She is also admitted to the bars of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. In 2013, Ms. Salch was designated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell.

Being a part of, and giving back to, the Austin community is very important to Ms. Salch, who gives her time to a wide array of non-profit organizations, including the Austin Humane Society, where she serves as Co-Chair of the Volunteer Corps Steering Committee for the shelter’s capital campaign, and the Austin Symphony Orchestra, where she serves as Vice Chair of the board’s Marketing Committee. Ms. Salch is a classically trained alto vocalist, who has performed the national anthem at UT and Round Rock Express baseball games. She also enjoys snow skiing, golf, fantasy football, and SCUBA diving.