Susan M. Edmonson
Susan is a native Galvestonian and has lived in Galveston Bay Area her entire life. She was educated in the public school system in Galveston and Seabrook, graduating from Clear Lake High School. She is a summa cum laude graduate of The University of St. Thomas in Houston with a B.A. in political science and a graduate of South Texas College of Law in Houston.
Susan was licensed to the Texas Bar in 1983 and became Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in 2002. There are more than 70,000 attorneys licensed to practice law in Texas; only 7,000 of them are Board Certified.
Susan created the Edmonson Law Firm in 1987 after several years of gaining experience in other offices. The firm has served Galveston County and the Galveston Bay Area continuously since that time with office locations in both Galveston and Seabrook.
Outside of the office, Susan loves to cook, entertain, travel, and read; but most of all she loves playing with her kitten, Ziva.
Catherine Blake Edmonson
Catherine had recently graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. majoring in Linguistics and English when she returned in 2006 to attend the grand opening of the Galveston location of her mother Susan’s practice. Though just in town for the party, Susan hoped her daughter’s love of the Gulf Coast would draw her back. She had a position open that would suit both Catherine’s language and management skills perfectly and was thrilled about the prospect of having her daughter close. Susan extended the offer and Catherine accepted.
Catherine began her tenure at Edmonson Law in 2006 as Office Manager of the newly opened Galveston branch. By 2009, now managing both offices, she accomplished her first of many achievements, that of relocating the firm’s central location from the Seabrook to the Galveston office. In the following years, as Senior Executive Legal Aide, Catherine specialized in Probate, completing over 100 cases from 2009-2014. Since 2014, Catherine has concentrated her efforts on firm administration, paying special attention to employee engagement and education.
According to Catherine, “being able to work with my mom has been great. I can approach her with an idea and she is willing to try it and see if it works or not. Not everyone gets that respect from an employer.”
Outside of the office, Catherine enjoys philosophy, cooking, and most of all, spending time with her three dogs, Peanut, Pippin, and Pencil.
Rebecca K. Murphy
Licensed since 1983, Rebecca has been with The Law Offices and Mediation Center of Susan M. Edmonson for over 10 years. When opening her office in Galveston, Susan reached out to the most highly skilled local attorneys inviting them to join her firm. Rebecca, who had just successfully finished a lengthy litigation case and was ready for a new challenge, accepted.
A key asset to the firm, Rebecca has focused predominately on mediation for the last several years and is thriving. As she puts it, “I will never work any place else.”
Outside of work, Rebecca is a passionate reader and enjoys spending time with her husband, family, and rescue pets.
Andrew is a 1990 graduate of Ball High School, a 1999 graduate of The University of Texas School of Law, and holds a B.A. from Southwestern University, an LL.M. from the University of Houston Law Center, and an M.B.A. from Sul Ross State University.
Andrew served as a prosecutor in the Galveston County District Attorney’s Office and as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern and Western Districts of Texas. He served eighteen months in the Rule of Law mission in Baghdad, Iraq and has served as lead attorney of the Mexico and Border Practice Section of a business litigation law firm. Andrew is fluent in Spanish.
Prior to attending law school, Andrew was a teacher in the Galveston Independent School District. Andrew was delighted in January 2017 when Susan invited him to practice law in her office. Outside of the office, Andrew is an active father of two children and an officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve. He enjoys fishing, camping, and sports.
Alyssa Rodriguez was born and raised on Galveston Island; she graduated from Ball High School in 2008. Alyssa came to work for Susan in June of 2012.
“Susan is very knowledgeable and I know I can come to her with any question; she is always there to help. I came to the office knowing little of the legal system and she gave me a chance. I have learned so much through the years and am thankful for that.”
Outside of work, Alyssa is a mom and wife and loves spending time with her family. She also enjoyed shopping and reading in her spare time.
New to the island, Administrative Assistant Shannon Speights is finding the world of law to be fascinating. Before joining Edmonson Law, Shannon worked predominantly in sales but she has quickly become adept in her new position. Her passion for helping others is the driving force of her stellar customer service skills which has made her an indispensable asset to the firm.
When not working, Shannon enjoys spending time with her children and five grandchildren and enmeshing herself into the local Galveston culture. According the her, “after years of visiting the island, living and working here is a dream come true.”