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About Us

A Firm Focused On Second Chances in the Courtroom

As effective and reliable as they may be, our criminal and civil justice systems don’t always get things right. Mistakes and errors are made, evidence is overlooked, and innocent people are wrongfully convicted.

Thankfully, an unfair verdict or unsound judgment isn’t always the end of the story. With the help of a skilled appellate law attorney, you may be able to secure a better resolution to your legal issue. That’s the kind of lawyer you’ll find when you contact Clouthier Law, PLLC.

An Attorney Dedicated to Client Success

The firm, headed by attorney Susan J. Clouthier, focuses exclusively on appellate law in both criminal and civil matters. Ms. Clouthier, a 2007 graduate of the University of Houston Law Center, has extensive experience in appellate work, including:

  • Criminal and civil appeals in Texas and Federal Circuit Courts
  • Criminal appeals writs of habeas corpus for felony convictions under Texas Code of Criminal Procedure Art. 11.07 in Texas
  • Appeals from criminal appeals writs of habeas corpus in a Community Supervision case under Texas Code of Criminal Procedure Art.11.072
  • Motions under 28 U.S.C. 2255 in Federal District Court
  • Appeals from §2255 motions to Federal Circuit Court
  • Petitions for Writ of Certiorari at the United States Supreme Court
  • Petitions for Review at the Texas Supreme Court
  • Petitions for Discretionary Review at the Court of Criminal Appeals

She is also recognized for her attention to detail and her client service.

Learn More About Your Legal Options During an Initial Consultation

With an office located in The Woodlands, Texas, Clouthier Law, PLLC (formerly Lader Contreras, PLLC) has been serving clients on appeal matters for half a decade. To discuss your rights and legal options with a skilled appellate law attorney call, 346-443-4300 or fill out this online contact form.

Client Reviews
“Susan has worked tirelessly for years filing appeals on my behalf. Finally her efforts and persistence has paid off. After serving 11 and 1/2 years, I was released from Federal Prison and have been able to return to my family and help once again with raising my children [now age 16]. My family and I owe a debt of gratitude which we will never be able to repay. The love we feel for Susan is immeasurable.” Joe R.
“Our case was complicated and time critical. Susan took charge of the entire process, keeping us updated with texts, phone calls and emails. She worked through a Holiday weekend to make certain our case got the attention and success required to bring our loved one home. It is also very important to know that she has sophisticated research tools, which are IMPERATIVE when you have to navigate through the Appeals process.” Jack H.
“Susan is a thoroughly dedicated professional that has a unique empathy for cases that reveal the misapplication of justice that so often affects those with limited resources. Through her tireless efforts, one of my best friends had six years reduced from his sentence. The family and I will be forever grateful to Susan.” James P.
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