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Suzanne Oliva

Practicing Faculty


Suzanne Oliva

Contact Info


  • LL.M. University of St. Thomas School of Law, 2020
  • J.D. St. Mary’s University School of Law, 1996
  • B.B.A. St. Mary’s University, 1987

License to Practice

  • Texas

Specialties and Course

  • Financial Accounting
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Principles of Accounting I
  • Principles of Accounting II
  • Legal Environment of Business
  • Business and Professional Ethics
  • Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Law and Ethics
  • Business and Professional Ethics for MBAs
  • Property I Law
  • Property II Law
  • Insurance Law
  • Federal Income Taxation Law
  • Accounting for Lawyers

Honors and Awards

  • Belva Lockwood Outstanding Attorney of the Year, BCWBF 2017.
  • NuStar Excellence in Teaching Award, GSB 2006
  • NuStar Excellence in Teaching Award, GSB 2007
  • NuStar Excellence in Teaching Award, GSB 2008
  • NuStar Excellence in Teaching Award, GSB 2011
  • NuStar Excellence in Teaching Award, GSB 2017
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, NSLS 2019
  • GSB Service Award, GSB 2023


Suzanne Oliva, LL.M., J.D., CPA, Assistant Professor of Business Law, has taught undergraduate, graduate and law classes at St. Mary’s University since 2003. In addition, she was the Director of the Greehey Scholars Program from 2016 to 2022 and an advanced tax trainer and preparer for the St. Mary’s Law School Center for Legal and Social Justice Voluntary Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program from 2005 to 2019.

Prior to earning her J.D., Oliva was an auditor with what is now the Big Four public accounting firm, Ernst & Young LLP. After graduation from law school, she joined the law firm of Oliva, Saks, Garcia & Curiel LLP, and primarily concentrated her legal practice in the areas of wills, probate, estate planning, family law, personal injury law and corporate law.

She is past president of the Bexar County Women’s Bar Association and Foundation. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas and is also admitted to practice law in the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas and the United States Supreme Court. Oliva is an active member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church and enjoys live theater, sporting events and world travel with her husband, Javier and four sons.



Articles in a Periodical

  • Oliva, S. (2015). In The Institute of Law and Policy (Ed.), To Buckle Up or Not Buckle Up, That is the Question (2nd ed., vol. 7, pp. 147-165). The Institute of Law and Policy: Journal of International Judicial Affairs.
  • Royalty, K., Oliva, S., Fix, B. (2012). Reverse Payments in the Pharmaceutical Industry: Finding the Right Prescription. Southern Law Journal, 22(1), 61-78.
  • Oliva, S. (in press). Attorney Advertising – A Comparison of the Attorney Advertising Laws in Florida, Texas and California. No. St. Petersburg, Fl: Society of Marketing Advances National Conference.
  • Oliva, S. (2010). Elder Law Handbook – Texas Department of Public Safety Laws. Elder Law Handbook (pp. 50). San Antonio, Texas: San Antonio Bar Foundation.
  • Oliva, S. (2008). Elder Law Handbook – Residential Services and Placement Laws in Texas, Texas Department of Public Safety. Elder Law Handbook (pp. 48). San Antonio, Texas: San Antonio Bar Foundation.