For 20 years, Susan has represented public companies and their officers and directors in a variety of litigation matters, including securities class actions, shareholder derivative suits and merger related litigation. She also routinely advises clients on disclosure issues and electronic discovery best practices. She is a frequent speaker and author on the latest trends in securities litigation and class action practices and strategies in general. Susan is also the editor of Alston & Bird's Securities Litigation Blog and the firm’s Annual Report on Securities Litigation.
Susan received her undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, from Vanderbilt University and her J.D. from Vanderbilt University School of Law, where she was the Baker-Worthington Scholarship recipient, on the Dean’s List, a member of the Moot Court Board, student articles editor for the Vanderbilt Law Review, and was elected to the Order of the Coif.
- Successful in achieving early dismissal or substantial limiting of claims on behalf of a variety of public company clients and corporate officers in securities fraud and derivative cases.
- Successful in defeating motions for expedited discovery and requests for injunctive relief in breach of fiduciary duty class actions regarding a proposed merger.
- Counsel of record in Stoneridge Investment Partners LLC v. Scientific-Atlanta, Inc. and Motorola, Inc., before the U.S. District Court, Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court. In what has been called the most important securities case in a generation, the Supreme Court affirmed in Stoneridge the prior decision of the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, holding that so-called “scheme liability” claims under Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 were properly dismissed with prejudice. See 522 U.S. 148 (2008). Specifically, the Court held that the implied right of action previously recognized under Section 10(b) does not reach non-speaking defendants where the investors at issue could not and did not rely on any statements or representations made by those defendants in their stock purchase or sale decisions.
- Successfully opposed class certification motions on behalf of companies and their officers and directors in putative securities class actions. See, e.g., Richard Beach v. Healthways, Inc. et al., Case No. 3:08-0569 (M.D. Tenn. Oct. 5, 2009); In re HealthSouth Securities Litigation, 213 F.R.D. 447 (N.D. Ala. 2003).
- Admitted to practice in Georgia