Susan represents employers in federal, state, and administrative proceedings in complex labor and employment litigation cases, including wage and hour and public accessibility class actions, and multi-plaintiff and single-plaintiff actions presenting claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wrongful termination. Susan also regularly counsels employers on all aspects of labor and employment law, and partners with management to make recommendations on complex and strategic employment decisions.
Susan is admitted to practice before the US District Courts for the Central, Eastern, Southern, and Northern Districts of California. In Fall 2007, Susan served as Judicial Extern for the Hon. Martin Jenkins, US District Court for the Northern District of California.
Prior to practicing law, Susan was an equity research associate analyst covering the semiconductor industry.
- Defended financial services, manufacturing, and casual dining clients in statewide wage and hour class actions presenting meal period, rest break, payroll deduction, expense reimbursement, reporting time, overtime, and other claims.
- Defended retail, manufacturing, casual dining, information management, food processing, and technology clients in multi-plaintiff and single-plaintiff federal, state, and administrative actions presenting discrimination, wrongful termination, harassment, retaliation, and wage and hour claims.
- Defended multiple national movie theater clients in statewide class, multi-plaintiff, and agency public accessibility actions seeking to mandate new movie captioning and audio description technologies.
- Represented nonprofit alternative energy company in Department of Labor investigation into whether the nonprofit’s internship program was exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act’s wage and hour requirements.
- Represented clients in non-competition, trade secret, and employee raiding matters.
- Regularly counsels clients on various employment matters, including workforce reductions, workplace investigations and compliance, and preventative strategies under state and federal anti-discrimination and wage and hour laws.