Susan, co-leader of McGuireWoods' financial institutions industry team, primarily focuses on government investigations and white collar. She has defended clients in numerous government enforcement actions by the Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and state attorney generals, among others.
She has also represented individuals and companies in response to congressional inquiries and investigations.
Before joining McGuireWoods, Susan served as a policy advisor at the Department of Homeland Security, and advised on immigration, including the Form I-9 and E-Verify compliance, border searches, cybersecurity, and electronic surveillance. Susan uses this background to represent clients facing immigration-related criminal investigations or audits by the Department of Homeland Security. She also helped to prepare senior leaders for testimony and briefings before Congress.
Susan served as federal law clerk for the Honorable Frank D. Whitney, U.S. District Court Judge for the Western District of North Carolina, handling both civil and criminal matters. Prior to that, she was a presidential appointee, serving as a staffer in the White House Counsel’s office handling management of judicial nominations and responses to congressional investigations.