• University of Vermont
    Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, Cum Laude
    Burlington, Vermont
  • University of Utah
    Master of Science in Philosophy
    Ethics Specialization
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • North Carolina Central University Law School
    Juris Doctor
    Durham, North Carolina
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice

Susan L. Downs

Susan L. Downs is a committed and experienced Social Security Disability attorney at Hardison & Cochran. Motivated by a deep-seated desire to advocate for those in need, she brings to bear her extensive legal knowledge and skills to adeptly maneuver through the intricacies of the disability process.

Her vast knowledge spans from a deep familiarity with the distinct styles of various judges to the capacity to create convincing and potent appeal arguments. These skills equip her to deliver strong representation for each of her clients, aiding them in navigating the multifaceted Social Security system effectively.

“Every client’s journey through this process is unique, and undoubtedly challenging,” she says. “That’s why maintaining clear, empathetic, and timely communication is at the forefront of my approach. I aim to be that bright spot in a seemingly overwhelming process.”

Before her deep immersion into the world of Social Security Disability law, Attorney Downs served in the highly respected position of a clerk in the Appellate Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, EDNC. This invaluable experience helped sharpen her legal acumen and provided a firm foundation for her subsequent work.

Additionally, her tenure as a professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religion at St. Augustine’s University in Raleigh, North Carolina, served to enhance her analytical prowess and instill a profound understanding of ethical frameworks. These critical attributes now inform her approach and guide her conduct as she represents clients in Social Security Disability cases.

Downs earned her Juris Doctorate from North Carolina Central University School of Law Evening Program. This achievement is a testament to her tenacity and unwavering commitment to her career. Furthermore, her impressive educational background includes a Master of Science in Philosophy with a specialization in Ethics from the esteemed University of Utah, and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, cum laude, from the University of Vermont.

Beyond her professional life, Downs is an integral part of the vibrant partner dance community in the Triangle area. Her participation speaks volumes about her enthusiasm for life, connection, and the arts. Moreover, her love for animals is apparent in her cherished relationship with Sophie, her adored pug.

These personal hobbies reflect her diverse interests and inherent capacity to connect with those around her, traits that not only enrich her personal life but also resonate within her professional interactions and client relationships.