Susan Cancelosi

Associate Professor of Law Wayne Law
Phone: (313) 577-3952


Professor Cancelosi teaches elder law and employee benefits, as well as trusts and decedents' estates. Her research focuses on elder law and retiree benefits, with particular attention to the interaction of the Medicare system with employment-based retiree health benefits.

Before joining the Wayne State University Law School faculty, Professor 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 national human resources consulting firm. Before joining Buck, Professor Cancelosi worked as a manager with Deloitte & Touche in its employee benefits consulting practice. She began her legal career as an employee benefits attorney with Jones Day Reavis & Pogue, later joining the benefits practice at Taft Stettinius & Hollister in Cincinnati, and also served for several years as assistant general counsel for The Associates, a large publicly traded finance company based in Dallas in the 1990s. 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.

Professor Cancelosi's 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, Professor Cancelosi served for several years as a volunteer guardian for a senior citizen in a nursing home near Dallas.

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

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