Susan Randall – Investigator/Mitigation Specialist
Susan Randall has worked as a private investigator in Vermont for the past 18 years, working closely with a wide range of attorneys, on civil, state and federal cases. She is a fully licensed Private Investigator in Vermont and New York State. She has worked as a mitigation specialist on capital, federal and state cases. Susan has helped prepare countless state and federal cases for trial. She also worked as an investigator and mitigation specialist with the Federal Public Defender's Office, in Burlington, Vermont throughout 2012 and 2013.
Prior to working as an investigator, Susan worked as a journalist. She began her career in the newsroom at the MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour in NYC, and then went on to work as a researcher, and then an associate producer for the A&E Television Network on the hit series, Biography. She also worked as a reporter in public radio, filing many stories for NPR’s, All Things Considered and Morning Edition. Susan worked as a documentary filmmaker in New York City, producing pieces for the BBC, on such topics as the Russian mafia, and the Anti-Terrorist Task Force of the FBI. In the past ten years, Susan has dovetailed her work as a filmmaker and investigator, producing over twenty mitigation sentencing videos, which have been used both before and at sentencing, to work toward downward departures. Susan has also produced videos for civil cases, which have been used for mediation and settlement purposes, for personal injury cases and to help present cases to jury focus groups.
Susan Randall received a BA from Brown University in International Relations and Modern Culture and Media, and has continued to attend filmmaking trainings, Visual Advocacy & the Law workshops at Univ. of Penn., and defense investigator trainings all over the country. Susan and her partner Andy Bartnick have also presented trainings for the VTACDL, Vermont Law School, and the NDIA.
Susan was recently asked to be President of the Vermont Association of Investigative and Security Services, which means that she will be coordinating trainings for investigators around the state, and advocating for her investigator peers to keep public records available, and help investigators to stay informed of new cutting edge technology that is increasinly important to the profession. When she’s not investigating, or delving into new film projects, Susan can usually be found spending time with her 12 & 14 year old children, traveling, and getting out into nature.