Susan Dillon Ayers
Sue Ayers represents condemnors in all aspects of land acquisition, including negotiation of easements and crossing agreements, the purchase of real property in fee simple, condemnation, and appeal.
Sue has been a member of Jackson Walker’s eminent domain practice group since 2010. During the 2017 Legislative Session, Sue advised clients in several industries regarding bills that would impact condemnation generally. For the past two years, she has been the lead condemnation counsel for Union Pacific Railroad for its new 1,800-acre railyard in Robertson County, Texas. Sue tried seven cases to jury verdict on behalf of Lone Star Transmission for its CREZ project, which crossed eleven counties. During the first several years of her practice she gained broad trial and appellate experience representing municipalities, chemical manufacturers, railroads, telecommunications companies, casinos, and accounting firms.
Sue has appeared in state and federal court in cases involving land use issues, eminent domain, personal injury, wrongful death, toxic tort, free speech, and professional malpractice. Before joining Jackson Walker, she represented and advised the Court-appointed Receiver in one of the largest Ponzi scheme cases ever filed by the SEC. Sue was briefing attorney to Justice Mack Kidd of the Texas Court of Appeals for the Third District of Texas in Austin in the 2000-2001 term. Sue is a licensed teacher in Texas and has nine years of teaching experience.
B.A., with honors, Michigan State University
J.D., magna cum laude, University of Houston Law Center
- United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
- Court of Appeals for Veterans’ Claims
- United States District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western District of Texas