Susan Engel is a partner in Kirkland's Washington office. Her practice focuses on both appellate and trial litigation. Susan has represented clients in federal and state courts in a wide range of substantive areas, including constitutional law, securities law, healthcare law, environmental law, and products liability law. She has litigated appeals before the U.S. Supreme Court, in numerous U.S. Courts of Appeal, as well as in state courts. Prior to joining Kirkland, she served as a law clerk to Justice Antonin Scalia of the United States Supreme Court and Judge Alex Kozinski of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Susan's successful representations have included: successfully challenging in the U.S. Supreme Court discriminatory state statutes prohibiting the interstate shipment of wine; obtaining dismissal of an antitrust class action on implied immunity grounds; obtaining summary judgment in a RICO class action against a major healthcare provider; defeating class certification in Medicare litigation; and obtaining appellate reversal of the certification of a mass tort class action.
Currently representing automobile manufacturers in challenging validity on preemption grounds of state statutes setting motor vehicle emissions standards.
On behalf of a coalition of wineries, successfully challenged in federal appellate courts and ultimately the U.S. Supreme Court the constitutionality of discriminatory state statutes prohibiting interstate shipment of wine.
Obtained dismissal of antitrust class action against prime brokerage firms.
Successfully represented for-profit healthcare provider in Medicare "outlier" reimbursement litigation, obtaining summary judgment for client on all claims and defeating class certification motion.
Achieved reversal on appeal of class certification in ski train accident case.
Successfully defended on appeal denial of class certification in a toxic exposure case.
Represented automobile manufacturer in successfully defending privilege claims in product liability cases in state court.
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Ninth, and Eleventh Circuits
United States District Courts for the District of Columbia and the Southern District of New York