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Susan Grace Soto

Employment and labor Attorney at Houston, TX

4.8   36 reviews

also known as Susan Herbst Soto

  • Licensed for 12 years
    State TX
    Acquired 2011
    Status
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found

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About Susan

Learn Susan’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Employment and labor
    75%
    I help employees learn whether their rights have been violated and whether further action would be beneficial. I represent employees in any aspect of employment: discrimination, wrongful termination, wage & hour issues, safety issues, etc.

    13 years, 15 cases

  2. Education
    20%
    A former teacher and principal, I represent teachers in education employment matters. I also represent teachers, parents and students against schools and school districts, PK to post-graduate, across the State of Texas.

    13 years, 150 cases

  3. Civil rights
    5%
    I work to protect employees' civil rights and basic human rights.

Capitalizing on my 17 years of experience as a teacher and principal in the field of public education, I helped students and their parents navigate the education system and supported teachers and other school district employees in employment matters for over a decade. In 2020, I closed my private school law practice and joined Lone Star Legal Aid as a Staff Attorney.

I joined Coane and Associates as the Senior Staff Attorney in 2023, the firm's 40th anniversary year. Our legal team focuses on employment discrimination, wrongful termination, civil litigation, state and federal administrative proceedings, and immigration. I lead the firm's school law services, which are confined exclusively to the State of Texas. 

Location

Coane and Associates, PLLC
5177 Richmond Ave.
Suite 770
Houston, TX, 77056

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4.8 / 5.0
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Posted by Tammy | December 2, 2020
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Excellent Attorney!
Susan made a very difficult time *much* easier. Not only is she an excellent attorney, she is also compassionate and easy to work with. Highly, highly recommend!!!
Posted by Florence | June 8, 2020
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Mrs
She was just awesome.A good listener and taking notes of everything in the meeting.Ready to attend meetings with you and on time.Suggesting positive solutions to issues and the way forward in handling your case.Am really glad with her work and will hire her again if need be.
Posted by kwon | December 26, 2019
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Susan Soto was great!
I had an issue with the school district that I needed personal representation for and I was introduced to Susan through the State Bar of Texas. Susan was very positive and optimistic about helping me with my situation. Her communication was clear and she always had the lines of communication open. Susan was responsive when it came to communicating via email. I would highly recommend hiring Susan Grace Soto as an attorney as she knows the process very well.
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Posted by Shelly | December 24, 2019
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Ms. Soto was excellent
We so appreciate Ms. Soto for all her help and just for listening to us. She helped us with our daughter and our daughter's school. She gave very good, on point, advice, and was willing to help as much or as little as we needed. Had it not been for her, we would have never achieved the results we were asking for with the school. We cannot say how much we appreciate all of her help. We would definitely use her again if needed and we would highly recommend her.
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Posted by anonymous | October 8, 2019
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Lawsuit
Mrs. Soto was retained because of a lawsuit filed against me and other parties. It was a very stressful situation in that I have never been sued before. Mrs. Soto was very knowledgeable and professional. She was always available for questions. She was able to get the suit dismissed without going to court.
Posted by anonymous | August 31, 2019
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Excellent lawyer!
I was dismissed from the university. Susan was the right attorney to help me get through the dismissal appeal case. Her expertise and experience in the academic system, along with her professionalism and compassion, got me reinstated into the university. To have her in my academic journey was a blessing! Without her, I would not be able to obtain my degree. She is the best attorney to have on your side! I highly recommend her!
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Posted by Julie | July 24, 2019
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Great success!
Susan Is a talented, professional and caring attorney. We needed someone to guide us through the complex special educational system and provide us with a clear view of our options. She did this extremely well. At our request she became our spokesperson at conferences and our liaison with the legal team at the school district. It is because of her insight and clarity that she gave our student what was his due. Her follow up on all details was well done. We would not have had the success we had without her. We highly recommend her!
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Posted by Jessica | June 27, 2019
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Great
Mrs. Soto was the one who really pushed to get my situation solved. Although going through a family crisis herself, she did her best to stay in contact and as soon as her situation settled, no later did she have mine solved. She also helped my criminal defense attorney to assure that the case was cleared. She went to Austin with me to assure that I had all the support I needed during my interview. I could not have done it without her.
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Posted by Wendy | February 25, 2019
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Amazing
We have had to use Susan twice for our son with his school. Both times we feel she went above and beyond in getting him what he needed and keeping us informed of what we could do, what was happening and how things were going. Both times we were very pleased with the outcomes and support we received. It is so nice to know now as we continue to know she is an email away if we have questions or need her assistance again.
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Posted by Pam | January 18, 2019
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Parent in Need
Just the help I needed at the right time. I reached out to other attorneys, but Mrs. Soto was the only attorney who offered to attend meetings with me.
Posted by anonymous | November 16, 2018
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Tremendous Help!
We hired Mrs. Soto to help us with issues we were having with the administration at our daughters school. Mrs. Soto provided us with valuable guidance and assistance. She is extremely knowledgeable and it was very comforting having her in our corner. We would gladly recommend her to anyone.
Posted by Dominic | September 21, 2018
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A person your can trust
I found Susan Soto to be thoughtful, understanding, and very cooperative in a complicated situation. She was calm, relentless and capable. She negotiated with several attorneys efficiently and maintained communication with me without running up hourly charges. Her staff is cheerful and competent.
Posted by Elizabeth | August 14, 2018
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My education GoTo
My attorney-client relationship started in 2013 with a horrible teacher/principal/superintendent event. Unfortunately, the education laws in Texas really don't protect teachers. I am glad I had her for that 3-year ordeal to fight along side me. The best part is that I have contacted her for various other education law issues and clarification and to make sure I am in compliance. For me, she was worth more in the peace of mind than she ever asked for in money. I have referred several people just for clarification and guidance.
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Posted by anonymous | October 25, 2017
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SUCCESS!!
I retained Ms. Soto to handle a placement issue with my child. Should I ever have another educational-related issue I will not hesitate to contact her again. She communicated with the district with a high degree of professionalism, expert guidance and clear-cut analysis of the law. She aligned this information perfectly with the situation at the time. Ms. Soto provided a tremendous amount of peace of mind and was an absolute pleasure to speak/work with. Even better, watch her knowledge turn into action which led to success!
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Posted by anonymous | September 8, 2017
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An outstanding and caring Lawyer
Ms. Soto listened, offered advice and followed through with all my legal needs... I highly recommend you do your research, after you meet with her, you will find Ms. Soto advocates and represents your legal needs in the most professional manner...you won't be disappointed!
Posted by anonymous | August 24, 2017
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Calm within a storm
Attorney Soto provided both full and limited representation to me during two grievance processes. Susan has vast and in-depth knowledge of school law. When I raised safety and educational concerns at my child's school, one of the largest districts in Texas passed me and my concerns along from one department to another to avoid accountability. Susan was a huge ally as I sought answers. If you find yourself in a similar situation, I would highly encourage you to seek Susan’s counsel. She is a huge asset to school law and a wonderful human being. She was certainly the calm amidst a storm and provided me with tools to protect my child.
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Posted by Kumina Thomas | April 5, 2017
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Excellent
I had a consultation with Susan Soto about an issue, and upon listening to my issue attentively. I knew she was the one to see me through this ordeal. She is an amazing person, very good in what she does. She reassured me to relax and let her do what she knows how to do. Kept me aware of important information that I needed to know, and walked me through things which was important to me. I appreciate your work Mrs. Susan. I am elated that you were the one and I tell anyone. Get someone who cares, truthful, straight to the point, and a fighter to represents with a passion to help others through an ordeal. You are an Awesome lawyer!!!
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Posted by anonymous | September 27, 2016
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Profeciency at work
Susan did a wonderful job on my case. She is very knowledgeable and understood my needs as she put in her efforts to reach high standards and clarity at work.
Posted by Scott S | April 2, 2016
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Professional, knowledgable, and effective!
Susan did a great job to help me in my educational matter with a major University. She knew the ins and out of the educational system. Most importantly she had a plan and executed. Susan truly believed in my cause and was empathetic but yet driven to help me. Like most folks I tried to fight the bureaucracy of institutions with my own letter writing campaign. It went nowhere. Once Susan was on the case things started happening fast! I wish I had reached out to Susan from the start! I would not have had any results without her! I highly recommend!!! Scott
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Posted by Vonda | March 11, 2016
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Supportive, Compassionate, Knowlegdeable
My daughter was struggling with ADHA during her junior year of high school, and the school was frustratingly uncooperative both in modifying her accommodations and in implementing the accommodations in place. I retained Susan to coach me through my fight with her school. Susan was very accessible, and her advice fortified and armed me for battle. My daughter was emotionally in shambles, I was stressed beyond belief, and we could not have done it without Susan. Thank you, Susan!
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Senior Associate Attorney
  • Coane and Associates, PLLC
  • 2023 - Present
  • Admitted to the federal bar
  • United States District Court (So. Dist. TX)
  • 2013 - Present
  • Staff Attorney
  • Lone Star Legal Aid
  • 2020 - 2022
  • Attorney at Law
  • The Law Office of Susan H. Soto
  • 2012 - 2020
  • Associate Attorney
  • Watts & Associates
  • 2011 - 2012
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Education

  • South Texas College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2010
  • University of Houston
  • Master of Education
  • 1999
  • State University of New York, College at Fredonia
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1990

Associations

  • Houston Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2021
  • Houston's Top Lawyers List
  • H Texas Magazine
  • 2017
  • Top Lawyers list
  • Houstonia Magazine
  • 2017
  • Houston's Top Lawyers List
  • H Texas Magazine
  • 2016
  • Top Lawyers List
  • Houstonia Magazine
  • 2016
  • Houston's Top Lawyers List
  • H Texas Magazine
  • 2015
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Speaking Engagements

  • CLE luncheon
  • "A Teacher, a Student, and a Parent Walk into a Bar..." (school law for lawyers)
  • 2018
  • Public Forum
  • Presentation on Parents' Rights
  • 2016
  • Public Forum in Katy, TX
  • Panelist: The State of Local Public Education
  • 2011
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Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (5)
Endorse Susan
Education Attorney | Jan 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. As an education attorney myself, I can state with no reservations, that Ms Soto is vastly knowledgeable in this area. Her experience is incomparable. Great attorney to have on your side."
Education Attorney | Jun 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"We are fortunate to have such a fine lawyer in our community. I endorse this lawyer."
Education Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Susan is a kind and compassionate attorney who represents her clients with great skill and professionalism. She is a pleasure to work with and is a tremendous asset to the Texas Bar."
Education Attorney | Jan 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Not only is Susan Soto an excellent attorney, she is a former educator. She is an expert in education law from the inside out. Ms. Soto is respected by both judges and lawyers. I endorse her without reservation."
Education Attorney | Jan 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Susan has an excellent reputation in the community and extensive experience in the area of education law. I endorse this attorney."
Education Attorney | Dec 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Susan Soto for education law. Susan comes to the legal profession with years of real world experience as an administrator in the education system. Susan also knows education law and is a zealous advocate for her clients. I fully endorse Susan Soto."
Education Attorney | Dec 20
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Ms. Soto is an excellent speaker on behalf of school employees in grievances and terminations, I endorse and recommend her in the field of education law."
Education Attorney | Sep 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Soto is really a superb attorney. I love reading her answers to questions on Avvo and learning from her expertise and her incredible advise. I have been an attorney, judge, magistrate, prosecutor, and law professor, and I still learn from her every day. I would highly recommend her to everyone and anyone on Avvo."
Education Attorney | Jun 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Education Attorney | Mar 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Soto is an outstanding attorney with an exceptional reputation. She is a strong and zealous advocate for her clients and a credit to the legal profession. I highly recommend her legal services."
Education Attorney | Mar 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I heartily endorse Susan Soto. Her background in both education and law make her knowledgeable and competent to tackle a wide variety of clients' school law needs. Susan is also personable and diligent and will take utmost care to insure that her clients receive excellent representation."
Education Attorney | Mar 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Soto's 20+ years of experience as a school principal makes her uniquely qualified to handle education related legal issues. She knows her way around the school system as only an insider can. Her work as a school administrator gives her insight most lawyers don't see. I endorse this lawyer."
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