Susan Cancelosi

Susan Cancelosi

Associate Professor of Law

Susan Cancelosi

  • Biography

    Susan Cancelosi, who joined the Wayne Law faculty in 2006, is an associate professor of law. She teaches trusts and decedents' estates, federal income taxation, elder law and employee benefits. Her research focuses on employment-based retiree benefits, both health and pension. She speaks regularly on benefits-related topics involving the elderly.

    Cancelosi was named associate dean of Wayne State University Law School in summer 2017 after having served as interim associate dean since August 2016. She was appointed senior associate dean in December 2019 and returned to the faculty in January 2021.

    Before joining the Wayne Law faculty, Cancelosi was a research professor with the Health Law & Policy Institute at the University of Houston Law Center, where she focused primarily on research into various health care finance issues and taught both employee benefits and elder law.

    For the preceding five years, she was a director in Tax Legal Consulting Services for Buck Consultants, a Dallas-based national human resources consulting firm. Before joining Buck, Cancelosi worked as a manager with Deloitte & Touche in its employee benefits consulting practice in Dallas.

    She also has worked as an employee benefits attorney with Jones Day Reavis & Pogue in Cleveland and Dallas, with the benefits practice at Taft Stettinius & Hollister in Cincinnati and as assistant general counsel for The Associates, a large publicly traded finance company based in Dallas. Her private practice work covered the full range of employee benefits issues, from traditional retirement plan benefits to all types of welfare benefits and executive compensation.

    Her interest in elder law stems from years of volunteer work in Texas with The Senior Source, a United Way agency based in Dallas that focuses on serving the senior population of the North Texas region. In addition to offering pro bono advice at clinics for the elderly and speaking to numerous senior citizens' groups, Cancelosi served for several years as a volunteer guardian for a senior citizen in a nursing home near Dallas.

    Cancelosi graduated from Southern Methodist University in Dallas with a bachelor's degree in history and a bachelor of business administration degree in marketing, both cum laude. She graduated cum laude from Cornell Law School in Ithaca, New York, serving as symposium editor for the Cornell International Law Journal. She also holds a master of laws degree in health law from the University of Houston Law Center.

  • Degrees and Certifications

    LL.M., University of Houston Law Center
    J.D., Cornell University Law School
    B.B.A., B.A., Southern Methodist University

  • Selected publications
  • Accomplishments
    • Susan Cancelosi was a panelist at the 2019 ABA Associate Deans Conference on June 28 in Chicago discussing “The Academic Workplace: A Roadmap for Associate Deans.”  She also was on the conference organizing committee. 
  • Courses taught by Susan Cancelosi