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Susan Elliott Rich


Susan Elliott Rich concentrates her practice in commercial lending, banking, real estate, corporate and health care law. 

Professional Biography

Ms. Rich's experience includes diverse financing transactions, including asset based lending, construction lending, loan rehabilitation, letters of credit, commercial and residential real estate development, diverse multi-state real estate purchase and sale transactions, mergers and acquisitions, managed care issues, and general corporate and health care related matters, including certificates of need, employment and operational issues.

  • Managing Shareholder of the Chattanooga office (February 1988 – January 1994, December 1998 – April 2005)
  • Member of Baker Donelson's Board of Directors (1994 – 1997, 2003 – 2008)
  • Listed since 2005 in The Best Lawyers in America®; Banking and Finance Law, Real Estate Law, Securitization and Structured Finance Law
  • Named the Best Lawyers' 2022, 2018 and 2014 Chattanooga Banking and Finance Law "Lawyer of the Year;" 2021 and 2013 Chattanooga Securitization and Structured Finance Law "Lawyer of the Year;" 2019, 2017 and 2015 Chattanooga Real Estate "Lawyer of the Year;" 2011 Chattanooga Banking "Lawyer of the Year;" 2009 Chattanooga Real Estate "Lawyer of the Year"  
  • Listed in Mid-South Super Lawyers (2007)
  • Member – American, Georgia, Tennessee and Chattanooga Bar Associations
  • Named a 2010 Tennessee Woman of Distinction
  • Recipient – Distinguished Women of Chattanooga Award (1991)
  • Fellow – Tennessee Bar Foundation (2010 – present)
  • Fellow – Chattanooga Bar Foundation (2007 – present)
  • Charter Member and Member of the Board of Directors of the Jordan Thomas Foundation (2005 – present)
  • Member – Board of Directors of the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera Association (1999 – present)
  • President – Chattanooga Symphony and Opera Association (2006 – 2012)
  • Member – Board of Trustees of Queens University, Charlotte North Carolina (1984 – 1986)
  • Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Georgia (1978 – 1982)


  • Emory University, J.D., 1976
  • Queens College, B.A., 1973


  • Tennessee, 1983
  • Georgia, 1976

It is simply so clear that she knows what she is doing. She knows when to push us and what points matter to us and then understands when we just need to get it done.

Senior Vice President over Real Estate at a financial services company

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