Municipality: Cayuga County
Office sought: Cayuga County Surrogate’s Court Judge
Political party (or parties): Democrat, Working Families
Family information: Maggie (Johengen) Susman – Wife; Bodin Susman (5) – Son; Ruby Susman (3) – Daughter
Professional and previous political experience: Owner/Attorney at Susman Law Firm: Auburn, NY. Focus of practice is assigned counsel work in family court, criminal defense both misdemeanors and felonies and appeals. Trained as an attorney for child (AFC) to represent children in custody, neglect, juvenile delinquency and adolescent offender (Raise the Age) matters. Highest earning attorney on assigned counsel panel in Cayuga County in 2019 & 2020. Associate Attorney in Maritime Civil Litigation 2014 – 2016 Cox Wootton Lerner Griffin & Hansen, LLP: Los Angeles, CA. Associate attorney for the West Coast’s premier maritime civil litigation law firm. Directly handled all phases of litigation and negotiation for claims involving environmental, insurance, shipping, transportation, employment law, worker’s compensation and personal injury claims. Associate Attorney in Civil Litigation 2011 – 2014 Houser & Allison, APC: Carlsbad, CA. Provided leadership as lead attorney on matters in CA and NY for litigation law firm serving Fortune 500 companies, particularly large commercial lenders. Managed local counsel on matters in WI, MN, NM and AK. Resolved matters via litigation, mediation and settlement negotiations. Argued and won a case in the California Court of Appeals. Associate Attorney in Civil Litigation Department 2010 – 2011 McCarthy & Holthus, LLP: San Diego, CA. Managed case load of up to 60 litigation files representing consumer financial institutions in variety of banking law matters. Served as lead attorney on land use and real estate litigation. Handled all phases of litigation, including appeals. State Bar of California & New York. United States District Court, California: Central, Eastern, Northern & Southern Districts; United States Bankruptcy Court, California: Central, Eastern, Northern, & Southern Districts. United States Bankruptcy Appellate Panel, 9th Circuit.