Susan Cancelosi ’88
Susan Cancelosi ’88, an associate professor at Wayne State University Law School, will receive the Donald H. Gordon Award for Excellence in Teaching at the 2016 Treasure of Detroit April 21. The annual event recognizes those who have made a lasting contribution to the practice of law.
Cancelosi teaches elder law and employee benefits, as well as trusts and decedents’ estates. She focuses her research on elder law and retiree benefits, with particular attention to the interaction of the Medicare system with employment-based retiree health benefits.
Before joining the Wayne Law faculty, Cancelosi was a research professor with the Health Law & Policy Institute at the University of Houston Law Center, where she focused primarily on research into various health care finance issues and taught both employee benefits and elder law. Previously, she was a director in tax and legal consulting cervices for Buck Consultants, a national human resources consulting firm. Before joining Buck, Cancelosi worked as a manager with Deloitte & Touche in its employee benefits consulting practice. She began her legal career as an employee benefits attorney with Jones Day Reavis & Pogue, later joining the benefits practice at Taft Stettinius & Hollister in Cincinnati. She also served for several years as assistant general counsel for The Associates, a large publicly traded finance company based in Dallas.
Cancelosi earned a bachelor’s degree in history and bachelor of business administration degree in marketing from SMU. She graduated from Cornell Law School and holds a master of laws degree in health law from the University of Houston Law Center.