Susan Bastress served as general counsel of the Middle East Institute during its expansion campaign from 2017 to 2019, and previously served on the MEI board of governors for ten years. Susan’s legal career spans almost 40 years including her tenure as senior partner with Squire Patton Boggs, where she established and managed the firm’s office in Doha, Qatar.  Her practice is focused on commercial and real estate transactions, in addition to advising multinational companies doing business in the Middle East. Susan also has significant dispute resolution experience, having founded the Virgin Islands Mediation Service where she successfully mediated over 150 disputes and served on the arbitration panels for the American Arbitration Association and JAMS. Susan is admitted to the Bars of Washington, D.C., Maryland, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. In addition, she was the first foreign attorney to be admitted to practice law in Qatar.  

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