Todd Suddleson is an Equity Partner with DeHay & Elliston, LLP. He has been associated with the firm since 1996. Prior to joining DeHay & Elliston, he practiced in Baltimore, Maryland from 1990 to 1996 focusing on toxic tort defense and insurance defense matters.
Mr. Suddleson is admitted to practice law in Maryland, Texas, California, and Illinois.
Mr. Suddleson’s primary practice involves mass tort litigation and product liability defense. He has tried numerous cases to a successful conclusion, including many asbestos personal injury cases. Mr. Suddleson has appeared at trial as a first chair attorney on behalf of numerous different companies throughout the State of Texas. In addition to maintaining his trial case load in Texas, at the request of various clients, he has appeared at trial as a first chair attorney in the trial of cases in other states including Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, and Washington.
One of his verdicts was selected by Courtroom View Network as one of the Top 10 Most Impressive Defense Verdicts for 2018.
United States District Court, Northern District of Texas, 2001
United States District Court, District of Columbia, 1993
United States District Court, District of Maryland, 1990
J.D., University of Baltimore School of Law, 1989
Associate Editor, University of Baltimore Law Review
B.A., University of Maryland at College Park, 1986
Recognized in Texas’ Top Rated Lawyers 2012
Mr. Suddleson has given presentations as an invited speaker on various subjects at nationally-attended CLE conferences. His past speaking engagements include:
Defending the Stanton Hypothesis: A Review of Recent Literature on the Pathogenicity of Short Fibers and Implications for Trial, 2003 DRI Asbestos Medicine Seminar, Miami, Florida.
State-Of-the-Art - Knowledge of Occupational Exposures to Asbestos after Selikoff: A Review of Recent Literature on the Impact on the Selikoff Studies, Published 1965, and Implications for Trial, 2006 DRI Asbestos Medicine Seminar, Las Vegas, Nevada.
The Duty Problem with Liability Claims against One Manufacturer for Failing to Warn about Another Manufacturer’s Product: ALI-ABA Course of Study; Asbestos Litigation: The Changing Landscape; October 11, 2007, New Orleans, Louisiana.
Faculty Member, National Institute of Trial Advocacy, Deposition Skills, Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, June 2008
Harris Martin Asbestos Conference: Trial of a Take- Home Exposure Case from Jury Selection to Verdict, June 2009, Chicago, Illinois
The Elephant in the Room: Bankrupt Trusts, 2010 DRI Asbestos Medicine Seminar, San Diego, California.
CLM 2014 Annual Conference: Asbestos-Litigation Trends 2014 (Panel Member), Boca Raton, FL
Talc Exposure, Asbestos and Causation, 2016 DALS Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada
Making the Record – Effective Deposition Techniques, 2016 DRI Asbestos Medicine Seminar, New Orleans, LA
Preparing For and Taking the Deposition of An Expert Witness, 2018 DRI Asbestos Symposium, Austin, TX
Industrial Hygiene Evidence Assessment has its Rewards, 2018 DRI Asbestos Medicine Seminar, Austin, TX
Inside the Courtroom: Video Analysis and Reactions from the Attorneys Involved in an Asbestos Trial, 2020 Perrin Conferences
An Analysis of Whether it is Valuable to Incorporate Juror Views on COVID-19 into Trial Themes, 2021 Defense Lawyers’ Asbestos Symposium, New Orleans, LA