Susan D. Rayl
A Kokomo native, Attorney Susan D. Rayl received her law degree from the Indiana University School of Law―Indianapolis in 1993.
Ms. Rayl is a highly experienced criminal defense attorney, representing hundreds of clients in various stages of the criminal proceeding, from pre-trial investigation up to and including appeal, working with the most complex and difficult criminal cases.
Ms. Rayl had extensive administrative experience outside of the law before embarking on her legal career, giving her a broad perspective on people-oriented issues beyond the law. She worked in the health care field at the Indiana University Medical Center from 1979-1993.
Ms. Rayl began her legal career with Indianapolis criminal defense firm McClure, McClure & Kammen (now the two firms of Gilroy & Kammen and McClure, McClure, Davis & Henn ), where she practiced from 1994- 1999. With Richard Kammen as her mentor, she developed a high degree of skill in criminal trial work, representing clients in numerous jury trials, as well as hundreds of other cases that were resolved before trial.
Ms. Rayl opened her own solo law practice in Indianapolis in 1999, where she concentrated her practice in representing indigent defendants in appellate court. While in this practice, she completed well over 80 appeals, including major felonies, interlocutory appeals, and probation violations.
Fully conversant with every aspect of Indiana criminal law, Ms. Rayl has returned to trial work, in addition to appellate work, in joining Attorney Michael Smith of Fishers to form the Smith Rayl Law Firm.
Ms. Rayl is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, the Indiana State Bar Association, and the Indianapolis Bar Association.
Cases of Note
- State v. Winn, 748 N.E.2d 352 (Ind.2001))
- State v. Perry, 751 N.E.2d 306 (Ind.Ct.App.2001)
- State v. Pierce, 761 N.E.2d 826 (Ind.2002)
- State v. Rybolt, 770 N.E.2d 935 (Ind.Ct.App.2002)
- State v. Copeland, 802 N.E.2d 969 (Ind.Ct.App.2004)