Professional Experience

Suzanne Haik Terrell offers a career of public service at the local, state, and national levels to complement her business litigation and administrative law practice. Her intimate knowledge of the regulatory process makes her a natural advocate for both public and private clients navigating administrative challenges at any level.

From 1994 to 2000, Ms. Terrell was a member of the New Orleans City Council. In 1999 she was elected Louisiana’s Commissioner of Elections, becoming the first Republican woman elected to statewide office in Louisiana.

Ms. Terrell served for several years in the administration of President George W. Bush as Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration, in which she acted as the Department of Commerce liaison with various cabinet agencies. Her duties included historic preservation, military base realignment, faith based initiatives, and Gulf Coast economic development. Prior to her appointment as Senior Advisor, she served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economic Development, acting as the primary contact for the agency on Capitol Hill. Ms. Terrell is AV® Peer Review Rated by Martindale Hubbell.


Ms. Terrell, a native of New Orleans, attended Newcomb College of Tulane University and obtained a Juris Doctor from Loyola School of Law, where she served as articles editor of the Law Review. Following law school, she served as a judicial clerk at the Louisiana Supreme Court and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal.

Bar Admissions

  • All Louisiana State Courts
  • U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of Louisiana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

Professional Memberships/Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Louisiana Bar Association
  • New Orleans Bar Association
  • 2014 Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Women Attorneys
  • Louisiana Center for Women in Government and Business Hall of Fame, 2011 Inductee.