Susan Usatine is a member of the firm’s Litigation Department. Susan is regarded as a litigator who understands how the Information Age has indelibly altered the way businesses make strategic decisions including the handling of high-stakes disputes.
Susan has served as trusted counsel to high level entrepreneurs, private equity firms and financial and accounting service professionals for twenty years. She represents domestic and international businesses in bet-the-company litigation in federal and state courts, mediation and arbitration proceedings. In 2012, 2013, and 2014 Susan was named one of the United States’ Top 250 Women in Litigation by Benchmark Litigation. Benchmark Litigation said of Ms. Usatine. “Her reputation as an excellent litigator has earned her a spot on this list during all three years of Top 250’s publication.” Susan was also selected as a 2017 Benchmark Litigation Star. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey. See Award Methodology.
Susan’s clients believe this honor recognizes the results she obtains in the courtroom and her keen understanding of technology’s effect on litigation strategy and outcome. Susan has answered sophisticated clients’ “more for less challenge” by using efficiency strategies in every matter.
As a result of her successful and disciplined handling of fast paced, multi-state litigation with enormous information volume, Susan spearheads the firm’s strategic planning in the area of litigation technology. As co-chair of the firm’s Discovery Services Practice Group, Susan works with first-time and seasoned litigants and businesses that must frequently respond to non-party subpoenas to quickly and efficiently handle requests for electronically stored information. As national discovery counsel, Susan streamlines national legal hold protocol, evidence preservation and collection efforts and when the need arises, she appears in courts throughout the United States to defend our clients' electronically stored information protocol, requests and responses.
Susan’s recognition that the intentional management of information is a critical business function led to her founding the firm’s Information Governance Practice Group. As a business information strategist, Susan works with her clients to improve information stakeholders’ access to secure information and to dispose of information that has no legal, regulatory or business value. Susan’s information management strategies result in immediate and sustained organizational change.
Boston University School of Law, J.D., 1998
Boston University, B.A., 1995
As published in: New Jersey Law Journal September 18, 2020
June 2, 2020
November 25, 2019
As published in: Benchmark Litigation November 1, 2017
New Jersey Law Journal April 10, 2019Susan M. Usatine
Law360 June 21, 2017Susan M. Usatine
New Jersey Law Journal March 20, 2017Susan M. Usatine
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