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Susan M Usatine

Susan M Usatine

Practice areas:

Litigation, Business

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About Me

I am a member of the firm’s Litigation Department and the founder and co-chair of the firm’s Information Governance Practice Group and Discovery Services Practice Group.  I understand how the Information Age has indelibly altered the way businesses make strategic decisions including the handling of high-stakes disputes. 

I have served as trusted counsel to high level entrepreneurs, private equity firms and financial and accounting service professionals for fifteen years.  I represent domestic and international businesses in bet-the-company litigation in federal and state courts, mediation and arbitration proceedings.  


Practice Areas

Licensed since 1998

  1. Business: 50%
  2. Litigation: 50%

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Contact Info

Cole, Schotz, Meisel, Forman & Leonard, P.A.

25 Main Street
Po Box 800
Hackensack, NJ, 07602




Professional Misconduct

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Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Recognized for Business LitigationNew Jersey Rising Stars2013
Top 250 Women in Litigation in AmericaBenchmark Litigation2013
40 under 40NJLJ2012
Future StarBenchmark Litigation2012
Rising StarRecognized for Business Litigation2011
Future StarBenchmark Litigation2011
Rising StarsRecognized for Business Litigation2010
Future StarsBenchmark LiItigation2010

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Partner, Co-Chair of Information Governance Practice GroupCole, Schotz, Meisel, Forman & Leonard, PA1997 - Present
AssistantThe Boston Company1991 - 1995


Association NamePosition NameDuration
Greater Hackensack Regional Chamber of CommerceBoard Member2003 - 2012
Justice Morris Pashman American Inn of CourtBarristerN/A
Bergen LEADSClass of 2013N/A
Bergen County Bar AssociationAttorney MemberN/A
Women Lawyers in Bergen, Women Empowering WomenAttorney MemberN/A

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Van Duren v. Rzasa-OrmesN/A
In re Lake at Las VegasN/A

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Publication NameTitleDate
AIRA Journal - Volume 27, No. 1Electronically Stored Information: Considerations in the Bankruptcy Context2013
Portfolio Media (Law360)Privacy Attorneys Capitalize on Creative Fee Arrangements2013
Association of Financial Professionals ExchangeWhat Treasury and Finance Executives Need to Know About Encryption2013
Lexis Nexis PublishingCommercial Litigation Guide (Chapter Author)2010


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Boston University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1998
Boston UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1995
Wellesley High SchoolN/AUnknown1991

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Bergen County Bar Association, CLE Committeee-Discovery 101: Practical Advice for Attorneys in the Information Age2014
WebinarElectronically Stored Information2013
Meet the Experts - Women in the LawLaw2013
Education JusticeLaw2012