Susan L. Robinson Burns, Q.C.

Former Counsel / Insolvency


Susan is one of Canada’s leading legal minds on bankruptcy.

Susan is a meticulous, collaborative lawyer who brings out the best in the people around her. She takes great pride in assembling a team for the cases she takes on and does her best to treat her clients in the manner she would wish to be treated.

Susan has worked as a solicitor, primarily in the areas of bank financing, personal property security and corporate reorganizations and, on the barrister side, primarily in the areas of enforcement of bank security, collections and creditors’ rights and priorities. However, she is best known as a bankruptcy and insolvency lawyer, an area of the law which is now her primary focus. As an insolvency lawyer, Susan has handled many, many cases involving bankruptcies and formal proposals, both for individuals and businesses, as well as CCAA plans of arrangement and corporate reorganizations. 

Susan is actively involved in furthering her field of practice. She has presented multiple papers on insolvency, civil enforcement and the Personal Property Security Act for the Legal Education Society of Alberta, the Canadian Bar Association, the Canadian Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Professionals, as well as others. She has published articles in the Law Society of Alberta Benchers’ Advisory and the National Creditor Debtor Review. She also spent a number of years teaching the Alberta Bar Admission Creditors’ Rights and Negotiation sections.

When she’s not hard at work for her clients, Susan can be found with her husband Bruce and their two dogs. She loves to garden, cook and travel, particularly to destinations where she can put her sailing skills to use. A qualified skipper, Susan enjoys navigating large boats on the West Coast.


Susan has retired. For enquiries about Susan's work, contact Sean T. FitzGerald:


  • University of Calgary, B.Comm.

  • Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, LL.B.

  • Admitted to the Alberta Bar in 1980

Professional and Community Experience

  • Queen’s Counsel in 2006

  • Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy, Member of the National Management Advisory Board

  • Advisory Committees Member, Alberta Law Reform Institute