“Susan has been fantastic. I’m glad to be working with her.”
~ Head of School, Independent School
Susan is a member of the Firm’s Education Practice Group. Prior to working at the Firm, Susan was part of the in-house legal team at Boston Children’s Hospital, where she advised clinical staff on a variety of patient care issues on a real-time basis, in addition to supporting counsel handling malpractice and employment litigation. Susan also handled a range of civil litigation and administrative law matters while in private practice at Curtis Thaxter LLC in Portland, Maine.
In the independent school context, Susan is particularly experienced in counseling Heads of School on parent, child and institutional relationships and conflicts, education litigation, education and employment counseling, education investigations (including, in particular, investigations responding to reports of sexual abuse), updating enrollment agreements and school handbooks; assisting with tuition collection; implementing safety and security assessments; drafting gift acceptance policies and donor agreements; and ensuring that homestay programs and trip policies adhere to best practices and legal requirements. Susan advises non-profit clients on governance and administration; executive hiring and compensation; vendor and facilities use agreements; and data security. She is seasoned at mediation and at shepherding clients through crisis management situations.
Susan is an Overseer at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and a Trustee of the Atelier 505 Condominium Trust, both based in Boston. In Maine, Susan served on the Board of Pine Tree Legal Assistance, the state’s legal aid organization, and on the Share Our Strength committee, where she helped to organize major fundraising events in support of ending childhood hunger. Susan also has significant professional experience as a social worker and public administrator, having worked at public child welfare and social service agencies in New York City, San Francisco and Oakland, California.
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