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Susan D. Rayl
  • Appeals & Appellate, Criminal Law, White Collar Crime
  • Indiana
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A native of Kokomo, Indiana, Attorney Susan D. Rayl is a highly experienced criminal defense attorney. In her practice of more than 25 years, she has represented 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 opened her own solo law practice in Indianapolis in 2000, focusing on criminal appeals, and later became a partner in the law firm Smith Rayl Law Office, LLC. All told, Susan has more than twenty-five years of experience in criminal defense. She has conducted numerous bench and jury trials and completed more than 130 appeals in the Indiana Court of Appeals and Indiana Supreme Court, including major felony appeals, sentence modification appeals, post-conviction relief appeals, interlocutory appeals, and others. Now a partner with Hand Ponist, she handles criminal trials and appeals, post-conviction relief proceedings, sentence modifications, expungements, and probate violations.

Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
Indiana University - Indiana University/Purdue University at Indianapolis
B.S. | Business
Indiana University - Indiana University-Kokomo
A.S. | Radiologic Sciences
Professional Experience
Hand Ponist Horvath Smith & Rayl, LLC
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Susan Rayl runs the Criminal Defense Division of Hand Ponist Horvath Smith & Rayl, LLC in the Old Northside of Indianapolis. She focuses her practice on criminal defense, representing clients who are charged with misdemeanors and felonies, including shoplifting, theft, robbery, burglary, rape, child molest, battery, domestic battery, and murder. Susan handles trials, appeals, post-conviction relief, expungements, diversions, and probation violations.
Susan Rayl, Attorney at Law
As an attorney with her own practice, Susan focused on criminal appeals in the Indiana Court of Appeals and the Indiana Supreme Court. She completed more than 80 cases, including appeals of convictions, interlocutory appeals, and probation violations.
Associate Attorney
McClure, McClure, & Kammen
At McClure, McClure, & Kammen in downtown Indianapolis, Susan worked for prominent criminal defense attorney Richard Kammen, honing her skills as both a trial lawyer and an appellate attorney. She represented numerous clients in both bench trials and jury trials, as well as handling even more cases that were resolved before trial. In addition, she also handled appeals of major felonies, including murder, either on her own or assisting Mr. Kammen.
McClure, McClure, & Kammen
While still in law school, Susan worked as a clerk at McClure, McClure, & Kammen, assisting criminal defense lawyers with research and drafting.
Professional Associations
Indiana State Bar Association
National Association Of Criminal Defense Attorneys
Indianapolis Bar Association
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana
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Practice Areas
  • Appeals & Appellate
  • Criminal Law
  • White Collar Crime
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Hand Ponist Horvath Smith & Rayl, LLC Criminal Law Website
Hand Ponist Horvath Smith & Rayl, LLC Corporate Website
Indiana Business Law Blog
Contact & Map
Hand Ponist Horvath Smith & Rayl, LLC
1512 N Delaware St
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Telephone: (317) 964-6000 Ext. 103