Jamison, Susan K.
San Francisco, California, USA
Ms. Jamison is a general commercial litigator who prosecutes and defends a wide variety of matters at the trial and appellate levels. Her areas of specialization include defending financial institutions in consumer and operations-related cases, representing businesses, individuals, and professional firms in securities, consumer, and unfair business practice actions, and defending and counseling clients in employment-related matters.
Ms. Jamison defends financial institutions at the trial and appellate levels in actions often involving claims of account mismanagement, forgery, lender liability, and fiduciary fraud, including in Chazen v. Centennial Bank, 61 Cal.App.4th 532 (1998); Story Road Flea Market v. Wells Fargo Bank, 42 Cal.App.4th 1733 (1996); Software Design and Application, Ltd. v. Hoefer & Arnett, Inc., 49 Cal.App.4th 472 (1996); and Roy Supply, Inc. v. Wells Fargo Bank, 39 Cal.App.4th 1051 (1995). Her work in this area has also included serving as amicus counsel for the California Bankers Association and other trade organizations, including in Lopez v. Washington Mutual Bank, 302 F.3d 900 (2002), amended 311 F.3d 928 (2002); and Miller v. Bank of America, 144 Cal.App.4th 1301 (2006). In addition to serving as litigation counsel, Ms. Jamison counsels financial institutions in effective risk management, loss prevention, statutory compliance, and pre-litigation claims analysis.
Securities, Consumer, and Unfair Business Practice Litigation
Ms. Jamison specializes in the defense of complex securities, consumer, and unfair business practice claims. Her securities defense practice has included the representation of corporations, limited partnerships, auditors and other professionals, financial institutions, officers, directors, and individuals in class actions and other investor actions, SEC investigations and enforcement proceedings, and derivative actions. These claims often involve claimed federal and state securities law violations, breaches of fiduciary duty, fraud, and other claims based on improper accounting or auditing, including allegedly improper revenue recognition practices, "cookie jar" accounting, revenue "roundtripping," and accounting for or misdating of stock option grants. Her unfair business practice and consumer class action practice has emphasized the defense of allegations of false advertising, unfair fees or rates, inaccurate or misleading billing, "unconscionable" contract provisions, and a broad range of other claimed violations of state consumer protection law. In addition to matters arising under California law, including its Unfair Competition Law and Consumer Legal Remedies Act, Ms. Jamison has defended, served as appellate counsel in, or consulted with respect to the defense of statewide and multi-state consumer class-action claims in actions brought in the state and federal courts of several other states as well.
Ms. Jamison's employment litigation practice has emphasized the defense of California employers in discrimination, harassment, whistle-blower, wage and hour, and breach of contract actions, including actions instituted by public enforcement agencies. She also has an active counseling practice, assisting human resources managers and other business managers in the resolution and avoidance of pre-litigation disputes, workplace investigations, training, termination and discipline decisions, privacy issues, and other sensitive personnel matters. Her employment practice emphasizes effective risk management strategies designed to prevent or mitigate litigation exposure and expense and ensure compliance with applicable law.
General Civil Litigation
Ms. Jamison represents clients in a wide range of common law, statutory, and regulatory business disputes, including breach of contract, business torts, and claims governed by or involving alleged violations of statutory law, including the Unruh Act, Proposition 65, the Americans With Disabilities Act, the Uniform Commercial Code, and statutes governing fair debt collection practices. Ms. Jamison's general litigation practice has also involved counseling and defending clients faced with claims by public prosecutors or other enforcement agencies, including actions or proceedings seeking penalties, injunctions, and restitution on behalf of the public.
Ms. Jamison is a member of the California State Bar, the American Bar Association, and the Bar Association of San Francisco. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area, the Resource Board of the National Women Judges Association, and the Legal Affairs Committee of the California Bankers Association. She frequently speaks at the annual Legal Counsel Seminar of the California Bankers Association and in other forums on the issues of defending financial institutions, defending businesses in Unfair Business Practice and consumer litigation, and other matters of interest to her clients.
Ms. Jamison earned her undergraduate degree in American Studies from Stanford University in 1981 and her law degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) in 1987. At Boalt, Ms. Jamison served as an Articles Editor of the California Law Review, was elected to the Order of the Coif, and was the recipient of numerous academic awards. Following her graduation from law school, Ms. Jamison served as law clerk to Judge J. Clifford Wallace of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
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