Susanna Dokupil OF COUNSEL

Susanna Dokupil is an appellate lawyer with Seiler Mitby. She previously served as Special Counsel to the United States Senate Judiciary Committee and as Assistant Solicitor General for the Office of the Attorney General of Texas.

She received her J.D. from Harvard Law School, where she was Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy and Line Editor for the Harvard International Law Journal. Prior to law school, Susanna received her B.A., magna cum laude, in the University Scholars program and her M.A. in Church-State Studies from Baylor University. She clerked for the Honorable Jerry E. Smith of United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and then joined the trial and appellate section of Baker Botts L.L.P. She subsequently served as of counsel at Alexander, Dubose, Jones & Townsend LLP.

Susanna spent the most recent few years performing strategic consulting that gives emotional resonance to complex law and policy questions, including preparing talking points for CEOs meeting with government officials and advising startups and nonprofits on public relations and crisis management. Additionally, Susanna worked on the confirmation hearing of a nominee to the United States Supreme Court, including analyzing the writings of the nominee and drafting questions and talking points for the Senators. Prior to her consulting practice and throughout her extensive legal career, she has written briefs for cases before the United States Supreme Court, federal and state courts of appeals, and federal district court with a focus on constitutional issues, including First Amendment and criminal law. She has also represented individuals in bankruptcy litigation, arguing a case before the Fifth Circuit. Representative cases from her work at the Solicitor General’s office include defending the constitutionality of inserting “under God” into the Texas pledge, a memorial containing a Bible at a Houston courthouse, and seeking the death penalty for child rape before the United States Supreme Court.

A trusted and established thought leader, Susanna has authored over 75 published articles on law and public policy, including appearances in National Review Online, the Washington Times, the Houston Chronicle, the Texas Bar Journal, the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, The Texas Review of Law & Politics, The Texas Tribune, Above the Law, The Cato Supreme Court Review, The American Enterprise, The Journal of Church & State, and The Encyclopedia of Religious Freedom, among others. She is a frequent speaker on law and public policy topics, including appearances on Fox News, radio talk shows, at Harvard Law School, for the Houston Bar Association, and many other local groups. She has also been asked to testify on legal issues in the Texas, Arizona, Georgia, Montana, and Missouri state legislatures.

Susanna is currently a member of the board of advisers of The Texas Review of Law & Politics, and a member of the board of The Seasteading Institute. She has previously served on the governing board of the Houston Symphony, as Vice President of Publications for the Federalist Society’s Religious Liberties Practice Group Executive Committee,  as Vice Chairman of the Harris County Republican Party, senior fellow at the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Center for Tenth Amendment Action, and the founder of Documenting the American Dream, a video project that teaches core values by telling inspirational stories. Susanna resides in Houston, Texas with her twin boys, David and Benjamin, her daughter Annabelle, and her son Jonathan.

  • Harvard Law School, J.D. 2000
    • Editor-in-Chief, Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy
  • The George Washington University, M.P.S. Strategic Public Relations, 2016
  • Baylor University, M.A. Church State Studies, 1996
  • Baylor University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1994
  • Texas, 2002
  • Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States Supreme Court
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Board Member, Texas Review of Law & Politics
  • Greg Groogan’s What’s Your Point on Fox 26, Jan. 14, 2018.
  • Central Houston Republican Women’s Club, Houston, Texas, Reaching Out to Women for 2020, Nov. 7, 2019.
  • Kingwood Tea Party, Kingwood, Texas, Why We Need Constitutional Conservative Judges, Oct. 19, 2015 (plus introductions for Ken Paxton and Jimmy Blacklock).
  • The Yellow Rose of Texas Republican Women, Tomball, Texas, Republican Women are the Life of the Party, Mar. 24, 2015 (as Vice Chair of Harris County Republican Party).
  • Greater Tomball Pachyderm Club, How Conservative Voters Should Evaluate State Judicial Candidates, Jan. 22, 2015 (moderated panel with Justice Brett Busby, Justice Michael Massengale, and Judge Grant Dorfman).
  • Kingwood Tea Party Freedom Rally with Special Guest Ted Cruz, Documenting the American Dream: How We Message to People Who Don’t Agree With Us, Sep. 5, 2014 (on panel with Anita Moncrief and Kimberley Cay).
  • The Breeding Omnipresence: Making Careers Work, Making Families Work, Harvard Federalist Society, April 13, 2010
  • Federalist Society Religious Liberties Practice Group Podcast, Salazar v. Buono and the Establishment Clause, Apr. 6, 2010, available here (with Ted Cruz and Peter Eliasberg).
  • Harris County Civil District Judges Retreat, Supreme Court Update (with Hon. Jennifer Elrod, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit), Jul. 28, 2008.
  • Greater Houston Pachyderm Club, Staley v. Harris County and Displaying Religious Symbols on Public Property, Feb. 6, 2007.
  • Third Annual Cato Constitution Day Conference, The Supreme Court, Past and Prologue:  A Look at the October 2003 and October 2004 Terms (presenting Locke v. Davey), Sept. 17, 2004.
  • Federalist Society Houston Lawyers Chapter, U.S. Supreme Court Round-Up: The 2003-04 Term in Review (presenting Elk Grove Unified School District v. Newdow and Locke v. Davey), July 1, 2004.