Mindful of the necessary synergy between a client's business goals and litigation impact, Sue provides exceptional client service through substantive expertise and frequent communication with clients regarding case assessment and strategy. Her clients include mid and large size companies, individuals and governmental units.
Sue's sage counseling approach is backed by 20 years of experience litigating a broad range of complex matters in state and federal trial and appellate courts as well as in arbitration and other alternative dispute resolution proceedings. Her practice has a substantive focus on insurance coverage litigation and construction litigation. Relative to insurance coverage, Sue exclusively represents policyholders against insurance companies and insurance brokers to obtain coverage -- often after the insurance company has already denied coverage. In her construction litigation practice, she has represented owners, contractors, and design professionals on a variety of projects.
Sue also offers substantial experience and an ongoing practice in lender liability, securities litigation, noncompetition agreements and trade secret cases. Additionally, she represents clients in breach of contract, warranty claims and investor disputes.
Insurance Coverage Litigation — In a case where tens of millions of dollars were in dispute, Sue obtained insurance coverage under both commercial general liability and professional errors and omissions policies brought against the owner of Miller Park by the roof builder. She ultimately obtained a court ruling that the insurers had breached their duty to defend, requiring payment by the insurers of all defense costs, along with indemnity for all damages.
Construction Litigation — Sue represented the public owner of Miller Park in litigation with contractors arising out of the contruction of the baseball stadium and related facilities. She defended the owner in a $100 million lawsuit brought by the roof builder for extra costs on the project, and ultimately obtained a settlement resulting in payments of more than $30 million to the owner. She also obtained summary judgment dismissal of a multi-million dollar claim against the Miller Park District brought by its neighbor for alleged failure to contruct certain roadway improvements around Miller Park.
Commercial Litigation — Sue defended a manufacturer against a $50 million claim by its foreign partner for breach of a joint venture agreement. The representation was a significant success. Sue obtained full coverage for all of the client's defense costs under a commercial general liability policy. Further, after a week-long arbitration in Dallas before the International Chamber of Commerce, all claims against the client were dismissed, and an award was entered in favor of the client on its counterclaim.