Weston, Connecticut native Susan F. Filan, Esq., is a former CT state prosecutor, MSNBC-TV Senior Legal Analyst and an experienced trial lawyer.
She currently runs a legal practice at Colonial Green in Westport, Connecticut, representing clients in criminal matters and family cases as well as mediating matters for clients. Filan comes at her profession from a paradoxically spiritual, yet pragmatic and iron fisted view point, putting into her daily practice what she takes from her own heart and experience. Versatile and more humane than her remarkable credentials would suggest, Filan has much to offer clients who face real challenge in their lives.
Filan began her career in 1991 at a New Haven legal aid clinic, representing indigent criminal defendants. In 1994, she joined a private firm and practiced criminal defense, divorce law, and family matters at both the trial and appellate level in both state and federal courts. In 1998, she was appointed Deputy Assistant State’s Attorney in the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney in the Gang and Continuing Crime Unit for the state of Connecticut and later became an Assistant State’s Attorney in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
Dynamic change is something Attorney Filan knows about. In May 2005, she resigned her prominent position as a Connecticut state prosecutor to pursue a career in media after being hired by NBC News and MSNBC to provide exclusive legal analysis at the Michael Jackson trial in Santa Maria, Calif.
She soon became NBC News’ go-to legal analyst, often appearing on “The Today Show,” and other cable news programs. In 2006, she was promoted to MSNBC Senior Legal Analyst. She has shared her insights on dozens of high profile cases — from JonBenet Ramsey and Anna Nicole Smith, to O.J. Simpson and Kobe Bryant, to Bernie Madoff, David Letterman and Tiger Woods.
She has appeared on every major network, including NBC’s “Today Show,” CBS’s “The Early Show,” ABC’s “Good Morning America,” “Dateline” and “Nightly News with Brian Williams,” MSNBC’s “The Dan Abrams Report,” CNN’s “Larry King Live,” Fox News LIVE, Court TV (now truTV), BBC TV and Radio, and National Public Radio. She has been quoted in printed media around the world.
Attorney Filan grew up in Weston, Connecticut, in a family of lawyers. Her father is retired state Appellate Court Judge Frederick A. Freedman, her uncle is retired U.S. District Court Judge Alan Nevas. Her great uncle, Leo Nevas, was something of a local legend in Westport, practicing law until he passed away in August 2009 at the age of 97. She is proud that her conference room was his original office over fifty years ago.
She has two daughters, adopted from China.