Susan Ansberry

Contact

415.625.1060
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Education
J.D. — University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), 1985
B.A. — University of Santa Clara, 1982

Susan Ansberry is a partner in our Labor & Employment and Nonprofit & Charitable Practice Groups. She focuses her practice on employment law litigation and counseling and traditional labor law, representing a wide range of for profit companies and non-profit organizations.

Susan represents clients in litigation pending in state and federal courts, agency proceedings, and arbitration tribunals. She has litigated cases involving claims for wage and hour violations, discrimination, retaliation, whistle-blowing, wrongful termination, workplace safety violations, employee benefits, unfair competition and misappropriation of trade secrets. In the area of traditional labor law, she has negotiated collective bargaining agreements in California and Hawaii, represented management in litigation in federal court and in arbitrations under collective bargaining agreements, and represented clients in proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board.

Susan focuses a substantial part of her practice on pre-litigation and transactional-related counseling, including the development of policies and the review of human resources and payroll practices. She has advised clients on topics including employee discipline and discharge; reorganizations; sales of businesses and mergers; compliance with contracts, collective bargaining agreements and state and federal laws concerning discrimination; harassment; accommodation of individuals with disabilities; labor relations; workplace safety; and wage and hour requirements. She has also conducted training on many of these topics for clients and organizations.

Susan received her law degree (Order of the Coif) from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) in 1985. She graduated from the University of Santa Clara (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) in 1982, with a degree in English. She has been a member of the California Bar since 1985.

 

PRACTICE AREAS
  • Labor & Employment
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    Labor & Employment

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    • State and Federal Court Litigation
    • Administrative Proceedings
    • Arbitrations
    • Collective Bargaining Negotiations
    • Preventive Counseling
    • Internal Investigations and Audits
    • Seminars and Training
    • Employment Agreements
    • Business Transactions
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    "We have looked to Folger Levin attorneys for over 25 years for the highest-quality labor and employment expertise."
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  • Nonprofit & Charitable
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    Nonprofit and Charitable Organizations

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    While nonprofit and charitable organizations face many of the same legal issues as for-profit organizations, the many state and federal legal requirements that are unique to nonprofits make experience with nonprofits essential to effective representation. Attorneys from all our practice groups collaborate to respond to the needs of our nonprofit clients, and, as a result, we are able to counsel our nonprofit clients efficiently and effectively. Folger Levin’s attorneys have extensive experience representing nonprofit organizations on a wide range of issues, including formation, corporate governance, taxation, real estate, financings (include exempt bond issuances), intellectual property, and employment matters. We have also represented nonprofit organizations in litigation before state and federal courts and administrative agencies in matters involving bequests and trust distributions, fiduciary duties, wage and hour, wrongful termination and employee benefit claims, and contract disputes.
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    • Entity Formation
    • Corporate Governance
    • Taxation
    • Commercial Transactions
    • Real Estate and Finance
    • Employment and Labor
    • Litigation
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    "Folger Levin understands our organization and the legal issues we face. I trust Folger Levin to develop solutions for matters critical to our mission. They are always there for us."
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