University of California, Hastings College of the Law
Susan Swan represents victims of discrimination, harassment and wage theft, and whistleblowers. She has prosecuted and negotiated multiple six- and seven-figure cases, including pregnancy discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliation and wage theft. She recently settled a wage theft class-action. Her guiding philosophy is that as a plaintiff's lawyer, she has to be both tenacious and agile to counter the unlimited resources defendants often have to contest just claims.
Swan started her legal career representing grocery store workers, bus drivers, teachers, and their unions at Schwartz Steinsapir Dohrmann & Sommers. She represented the victims of Ralphs’ criminal conduct during the 2003 to 2004 strike and lockout. Ralphs pleaded guilty to five felonies and agreed to pay $50 million in restitution and $20 million in fines. Swan argued before the National Labor Relations Board in Washington, D.C. As a Deputy District Attorney in Ventura County, she tried 19 jury trials and many, many motions to suppress, restitution hearings, and other hearings and motions.
Swan was elected to the Board of Directors of Lawyers Club of San Diego. She co-chairs Lawyers Club’s 2015 Annual Dinner Committee. She has served as transportation co-chairwoman for the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program’s Women’s Resource Fair since 2012. On the Mentor Committee for California Employment Lawyers Association, she matches new attorneys with veteran attorneys. Swan is a Consumer Attorneys of California Women’s Caucus Liaison to Consumer Attorneys of San Diego. Swan was recently quoted in the San Diego Union-Tribune regarding the gender pay gap, and in Fast Company magazine regarding workplace pregnancy discrimination.
Swan served as a voter protection attorney for Obama for America, ensuring that local and state election laws were followed. She is a devotee of Iyengar yoga, and a season subscriber to the Old Globe.
Swan is a sixth-generation California native, and a proud graduate of Napa and Encinitas public schools, including San Dieguito High School. She has lived in Wisconsin; Barcelona, Spain; Detroit and Washington, D.C., but is thrilled to be home to San Diego. She is a recipient of the Girl Scout Gold Award, the equivalent of Eagle Scout, for creating and organizing a library of children’s books for Encinitas Head Start. Swan camps at Lake Tahoe every summer, and rides her bike around the West Shore. She loves to swim in the ocean, in Lake Tahoe and in pools.
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