Suzanne Billam’s practice is focused on civil defense litigation, with an emphasis in the areas of products liability,Suzanne Billam’s practice is focused on civil defense litigation, with an emphasis in the areas of products liability, premises liability, aerospace, and general civil litigation cases.
A native Kansan, Suzanne received her Juris Doctor and a certificate of Advocacy from the University of Kansas School of Law, where she also participated in the Medical-Legal Partnership Clinic providing legal assistance to at-risk clients in the Kansas City area on legal issues directly correlating to the client’s health.
Having obtained her nursing degree from the University of Kansas School of Nursing, and working several years in a high-acuity hospital in the Kansas City area before returning to law school, Suzanne brings a unique perspective to the firm with her experience in both healthcare and medicine. She continues to work closely with healthcare professionals to enrich her medical experience.
Before joining the firm, Suzanne was engaged in private practice at a mid-size Kansas City law firm, where her practice primarily involved professional liability, products liability, motor vehicle liability, and general tort liability.
- U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
- U.S. District Court, District of Kansas
- University of Kansas School of Law, J.D.
- University of Kansas, B.S.
Memberships & Activities
- University of Kansas Medical Center Alumni Association
- University of Kansas Alumni Association
- Claims & Litigation Management Alliance
- Defense Research Institute
- Young Lawyers Committee
- American Bar Association
- Product Liability Committee
- Pharmaceutical, Medical Device, and Biotech Subcommittee
- Women in Products Liability Subcommittee
- Johnson County Bar Association
- Young Lawyers Section
- Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
- Young Lawyers Section
- Trial Academy Graduate, 2016
- Kansas Bar Association
- Young Lawyers Section
- Missouri Bar Association
- Author of “Taking Depositions Like an Experienced Attorney.” ABA Products Liability Litigation Practice Points (February 2017).
- Co-author of “Effectively Addressing Cybersecurity Breaches: The Inherent Risks, Impacts of Security Decisions, and Practical Approaches”, ABA Section of Litigation Pharmaceutical, Medical Device and Biotech Subcommittee of the Products Liability Committee Regional CLE Workshop (November 2016).
- Co-author of NBI Seminar presentation materials “Applying the Rules of Evidence to Expert Reports” and “Adhering to the Rules for Expert Witness Depositions” for the program “ Expert Witnesses: Using Kansas Court Rules to Your Advantage” (April 2016).
- Co-author of “Today’s FDA: Plaintiff, Defense and Juror Perspectives”, ABA Section of Litigation Regional CLE Workshop: Current Issues in Pharmaceutical, Medical Device and Biotech Litigation (October 2015).
Awards & Recognition
- Recipient of University of Kansas School of Law Merit Scholarship.
- Registered Nurse licensed in the state of Kansas.
- The Kansas City Symphony Chorus
News & Events
06.19.15 | Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice welcomes Suzanne Billam as an associate in the firm’s Kansas City office. Prior to obtaining her law degree, Suzanne worked for several years as a practicing nurse in a high-acuity hospital in the Kansas City area...
Employees: An affirmative and purposeful reminder that the safety of your co-workers may also be your duty12.07.18 | Recently, in Brock v. Dunne, the Missouri Court of Appeals for the Eastern District affirmed a trial court judgment assessing liability against a co-employee pursuant to the 2012 Amendment to s. 287.120.1 of the Missouri Workers' Compensation Act. The appellate court held that...
Medical Malpractice: Missouri's Health Care Affidavit Statute is Constitutional - Comply or Face Dismissal06.22.18 | When will plaintiffs learn? In Hink v. Helfrich, the Missouri Supreme Court has recently added yet another to a long line of Missouri decisions upholding constitutional validity of the health care affidavit requirement for medical negligence actions, and strictly construing the mandatory statutory language.
06.05.17 | It seems almost impossible in today's world to escape our dependence on technology. From the minute we wake-up in the morning, we access news reports on our tablets, keep track of our health with fitness trackers, receive and respond to e-mails on our mobile phones, and many of us rely upon interconnected medical devices, such as insulin pumps, to safely navigate through a typical day. But such convenience is not without risk.
01.24.17 | Continuing from our two prior posts in this three-part series on effectively addressing cybersecurity breaches in medical devices, this third and final post will focus on best practices to prepare, mitigate and otherwise manage vulnerabilities and potential cyber-attacks.
01.11.17 | Continuing from our prior post in a three-part series on effectively addressing cybersecurity breaches in medical devices, this second post will focus on specific examples of cybersecurity attacks on medical devices.
12.14.16 | We will explore in a series of three blog posts: (1) the specific vulnerabilities and risks inherent with embedded and interconnected medical devices, (2) cybersecurity and attacks on medical devices, and (3) practical approaches companies may employ both before and after a device is marketed. This first post in the series serves as an introduction to navigating the medical device field...
07.05.16 | In civil litigation, the practice of "forum shopping" refers to the deliberate examination of multiple courts or jurisdictions in order to file or transfer the case to one that is most likely to treat that party's claims most favorably. Often, this forum shopping is blatant – where plaintiffs deliberately attempt to...
03.15.16 | On February 12, 2016, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit affirmed dismissal of a lawsuit accusing GlaxoSmithKline (“GSK”) of violating the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act (“MMPA”) by failing to adequately warn of the risks associated with the use of a prescription drug, Avandia.
08.31.15 | Since Germanwings pilot Andreas Lubitz deliberately crashed Flight 4U9525 into the French Alps on March 24, 2015, killing himself and all 149 others on board, a spotlight has been cast on the world of mental health screening for pilots,...