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Suzanne Elaine Finstad

Suzanne Elaine Finstad, American writer, producer, lawyer. Bar: Texas 1981. Named to Order of Barons, Bates College Law, 1980; recipient American Jurisprudence award in criminal law.


  • Finstad, Suzanne Elaine was born on September 14, 1955 in Minneapolis. Daughter of Harold Martin and Elaine Lois (Strom) Finstad.

  • Education

    • Student, University Texas, 1974. Bachelor in French, University Houston, 1976. Juris Doctor, University Houston, 1980.

      Postgraduate, London School of Economics, 1980. Postgraduate, University Grenoble, France, 1979.


    • Legal assistant Butler & Binion, Houston, 1976-1978, law clerk, 1978-1981, associate, 1982. Special counsel Ad Litem in the Estate of Howard Hughes Junior, 1981. Managing partner Finstad & Associate, 1990—1993.

    Major achievements

    • Bar: Texas 1981.


    • Ulterior Motives
    • From Publishers Weekly: On July 22, 1983, multimillionaire Kyleborn into poverty in the mountains of Tennessee, a Marine Corps fighter pilot and war hero, and a Texas businessman who had just bought into a Hollywood film studio was fatally shot in his Bel-Air mansion.
    • Sleeping With the Devil
    • An account of the murder of former beauty queen Barbara Piotrowski describes how her fitness junkie, Texas millionaire husband harassed his wife after she left him and then hired a gunman to kill her.
    • Child Bride
    • Annie Wells travels to dusty Wyoming in search of bounty hunter Chase Beaudine, the man who saved her life-and whom she hasn't seen since the night they were married five years ago.


    • father: Harold Martin Finstad
    • mother: Elaine Lois (Strom) Finstad
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    Born September 14, 1955
    (age 62)