Susan G. Manch

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP
Organization Type: Law Firm
Position/Title: Chief of People & Development
Functional Area: Professional Development
Year of Induction: 2010

Fulbright Tower, 1301 McKinney, Suite 5100
Houston, TX 77010-3095

Business Phone: 713.651.5151
Fax: 713.651.5246

Talent strategy expert with experience in all aspects of legal recruiting and group acquisition, training and development and lawyer performance management in law firms. Work collaboratively with firm leaders to find innovative and cost effective ways to align business and talent strategy.

Author of four books on legal talent, including ABA publication “Learning From Law Firm Leaders.” Long-time legal industry plenary speaker and author. Deep experience in the design and implementation of leading-edge programs such as emerging leader development, succession planning for partners and leaders, alternative career track models and workforce planning, competency-based performance management models and diversity initiatives. Certified Master Coach experienced in leadership, business development and team management coaching for lawyers.


Sue Manch is a founding principal of Shannon & Manch, the contribution she has made to the management of law firms through her consulting and coaching work would probably be enough to secure her place in the college.  However, Sue’s efforts have helped to ensure that many law firms are more rewarding places for lawyers and non-lawyers to work.  Whether thinking through career development strategies, associate life, or partner performance, Sue is innovative, resourceful and at the same time practical.  Sue’s work has helped to ensure that talent development is a critical business priority for many law firms.  In addition, Sue’s has written extensively and has generously contributed her time to numerous state and local bar associations, NALP, the ABA, the ALA, and many other professional associations concerned with the practice of law.  In short, Sue is truly one of the inspiring leaders in her field, and is the epitome of why the college was founded.  She inspires excellence and innovation in everything she does.

— 2010