Susan J. Harriman
Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP
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Susan J. Harriman is the 73rd President of the American College of Trial Lawyers. She is the General Counsel of Keker, Van Nest & Peters, where she has been practicing law since 1985. She became a partner in 1989. Susan has handled a wide range of complex business litigation. She has tried state and federal cases, legal malpractice defense, real estate, and wrongful termination as well as arbitrated cases before the American Arbitration Association, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and JAMS, Inc. She has represented many lawyers and law firms and groups as diverse as the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, the Koret Foundation, Electronic Arts, Univision and the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office.
Susan was named among California’s Top Women Lawyers by the Daily Journal for more than two decades and has been listed by Best Lawyers in America for Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Legal Malpractice Law, Regulatory Enforcement, and Securities Litigation. The Legal 500 has named Susan a Leading Trial Lawyer and The American Lawyer included her among its Women Leaders in the Law.
After graduating from Brown University, Susan served as a Peace Corp Volunteer in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (then Zaire). Following law school, she was a teaching fellow at Stanford Law School and then clerked for the Hon. Robert F. Peckham of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. She formerly served on the San Francisco Ethics Commission and was its chairperson from 2006 to 2008.