Susan Abbott Schwartz Partner




Susan Schwartz handles contract interpretation, particularly in the field of insurance policy analysis. She has defended countless professionals in litigation brought against them and has represented many self-insured companies. With more than 30 years of experience, her courses on cutting-edge legal issues and ethics are invaluable to clients and colleagues alike.

Susan deftly connects with her clients, establishing a rapport and acting on their behalf effectively at negotiations and in the courtroom. No stranger to hard work, and a counselor in every sense of the word, Susan’s instincts in case assessment give her clients the information they need to help determine the best course of action, and her record of favorable outcomes speaks for itself. In her practice, Susan draws on her life experience as the daughter of an FBI agent who lived in many parts of the country and later as a woman who traveled with her husband to Romania and Guatemala to bring their children home.

Areas of Focus

Professional Liability
Susan defends clients in the face of significant growth in professional liability litigation. She represents lawyers, real estate agents and brokers, and insurance agents and brokers against claims alleging violation of professional or ethical standards. Susan provides direct defense on individual cases in courts, before regulatory bodies, and in arbitrations and mediations. She also handles miscellaneous professional liability insurance and other forms of coverage, bringing in necessary associated services through Wilson Elser’s multidisciplinary team structure.

Insurance Coverage
Susan counsels numerous insurance carriers on all aspects of disputes and related matters, from high-stakes litigation to insurance policy integration to costly and potentially dangerous cases alleging bad faith. She has crafted hundreds of coverage opinions, reservation of rights letters and coverage declinations. Susan skillfully interprets detailed coverage policies and helps mitigate the exposures that often accompany them. She effectively uses her talent and tenacity in the courtroom and successfully leverages her advantage as a member of one of the largest trial firms in the country. In addition, Susan has served as coverage counsel in claims where an insured’s employee manufactured false tax returns for his employer’s clients, resulting in a criminal conviction and losses to the insured’s customers.

Representative Matters

Monitoring counsel in multimillion-dollar employment litigation through trial and appeal.

Evaluation of insured’s exposure and available insurance coverage as co-conspirator in $50 million adverse judgment with evaluation of litigation in multiple state jurisdictions.

Effectively negotiated resolution in pre-tender attorneys’ fees in a legal malpractice action arising from SEC securities violations and accompanying receivership.

Negotiated settlement in coverage dispute arising out of limited partnerships suit against general partner.

Litigated claims for policy recision against attorney who advised general partner to take loans from limited partnership under his control.

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