Welcome to the office of the President
AAML’s 45th President - Susan Myres from Houston, TX
Susan Myres, AAML President, has been practicing law in the Houston area for over 35 years. After 29 years of practicing law, she formed her firm, Myres & Associates, in 2011. She has been certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization as a Family Law Specialist since 1988. She obtained her B.S. from the University of Kansas and her law degree from the University of Houston Law Center.
Susan has worked in a wide variety of positions and committees since her service to the Academy began in 1998. This breadth of service allows her to strive to promote and coordinate the best the Academy can offer to our Fellows, applicants, judges, and the public.
In addition to her work with the Academy, Susan enjoys a vibrant practice in the most diverse community in the country. She has been named to the annual list of Texas Super Lawyers every year since 2006. In 2016, she received the David A. Gibson Award for Professionalism and Excellence in the Practice of Family Law awarded by the Gulf Coast Family Law Specialists.
Susan is also a Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers (IAFL) and has served on the IAFL USA Board of Managers. She has served as president of the Houston Bar Association Family Law Section, president of the Burta Rhodes Raborn Family Law Inns of Court, chair of the Family Law Advisory Commission/Texas Board of Legal Specialization, president of the Houston Association of Women Attorneys and also president of the AWA’s Foundation.
Susan’s recent articles on elder divorce appeared in both the Houston Chronicle and Texas Lawyer. She has written papers on other diverse topics, such as the family law situation in the case in which the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) removed 439 children from the fundamentalist Mormon YFZ Ranch in El Dorado, Texas; “Insurance in Family Law cases – the Hidden Asset and Trap”; and “The Six Most Influential Social Changes Impacting Family Law.”
Susan utilizes all forms of dispute resolution in her practice, from supporting clients who have worked out their agreements to mediation, arbitration, collaborative law, and traditional litigation, choosing the approach that is best for the individual client. She stays abreast of leading mental health issues that intersect with family law, including mood disorders, high-conflict personality disorders, addiction, and abuse prevention issues. A background in business studies allows her to work through complex business issues involving the characterization and valuation of a business, closely-held business interests, characterization of property, financial documentation, and the interplay of all these issues with the marital estate. Her strength is being able to see options and alternate paths to achieve the realistic goals of her clients.
As president, Susan is committed to supporting the Academy in providing information and education on all the subjects mentioned above, as well as the many other social and legal changes impacting the practice of family law in the U.S. today.