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Susan D. Rayl

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Phone: (317) 964-6000

1512 N Delaware St
Indianapolis, Indiana 46202

A native of Kokomo, Indiana, Attorney Susan D. Rayl is a highly experienced criminal defense attorney, representing hundreds of clients in various stages of the criminal proceeding, from pre-trial investigation up to and including appeal, working with the most complex and difficult criminal cases.

Ms. Rayl had extensive administrative experience outside of the law before embarking on her legal career, giving her a broad perspective on people-oriented issues beyond the law. She worked in the health care field as a radiation therapist at the Indiana University Medical Center for ten years, beginning in 1979. In 1989, she joined the Richard L. Roudebush Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Indianapolis to assist in starting up a new radiation therapy department, where she served as supervisor of radiation therapy until 1993.

Also beginning in 1989, Ms. Rayl attended law school while working full time. While a student at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, she studied trial practice under Richard Kammen, a nationally recognized criminal defense attorney. In 1993, Ms. Rayl began working for Mr. Kammen as a law clerk at what was then known as McClure, McClure, and Kammen. When she was admitted to the bar in 1994, she began working as an associate attorney at the same firm, where she practiced criminal defense law until 1999. With Mr. Kammen as her mentor, she developed a high degree of skill in criminal trial work, representing clients in numerous jury trials, as well as hundreds of other cases that were resolved before trial.

Ms. Rayl opened her own solo law practice in Indianapolis in 2000, where she concentrated her practice in representing indigent defendants in appellate court. While in this practice, she completed well over 80 appeals, including major felonies, interlocutory appeals, and probation violations.

Fully conversant with every aspect of Indiana criminal law, Ms. Rayl has returned to trial work, in addition to appellate work, in joining Attorney Michael Smith of Fishers to form the Smith Rayl Law Firm.

Ms. Rayl is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, the Indiana State Bar Association, and the Indianapolis Bar Association.


J.D., Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, 1993

B.S., Indiana University Kelly School of Business, 1989

A.S., Indiana University -- Kokomo, 1979

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice Indiana, 1994
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, 1994
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, 1994
Professional & Bar Association Memberships

Indiana State Bar Association

Indianapolis Bar Association

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Cases of Note

  • Winn v. State, 748 N.E.2d 352 (Ind.2001))
  • Perry v. State, 751 N.E.2d 306 (Ind.Ct.App.2001)
  • Pierce v. State, 761 N.E.2d 826 (Ind.2002)
  • Rybolt v. State, 770 N.E.2d 935 (Ind.Ct.App.2002)
  • Copeland v. State, 802 N.E.2d 969 (Ind.Ct.App.2004)
  • Brummett v. State, 10 N.E. 3d 78 (Ind.Ct.App.2014)