Susan Davies is a litigation partner in the Washington, D.C., office where she focuses in the areas of government and internal investigations, regulatory, legislative, intellectual property and appellate litigation. She represents multiple Fortune 100 companies as they navigate the issues arising from these inquiries.

Susan is a former Deputy White House Counsel to President Obama. In this role, she was responsible for judicial selection, and she prepared the nominees for their informal meetings with Senators as well as their formal confirmation hearings. In addition to vetting potential judicial nominees and making recommendations to President Obama, she managed the Supreme Court confirmation processes of Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.

Prior to her work in the White House, she served as both General Counsel and Chief Intellectual Property Counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. Susan has also held several positions in the Department of Justice, including the Antitrust Division, the Office of the Solicitor General and the Office of Policy Development. Susan also served as a law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy and then-Judge Stephen Breyer on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and as a Special Counsel to President Bill Clinton. 

With Susan’s exceptional experience across a number of areas of the U.S. government and at the U.S. Supreme Court, she provides clients with unique intellectual knowledge at the intersection of law and government. In Susan’s government-facing role, she frequently interacts with regulators and policy makers on behalf of corporate clients.

Susan is the Joseph Story Senior Lecturer in Law at Harvard Law School, where she teaches “Legislation and Regulation” as well as a portfolio of seminars. She was also the Mullen Seminar Lecturer at Georgetown University and is on the board of the University of Chicago Law School Visiting Committee.



Named a "Litigation Star" by Benchmark Litigation United States, 2021

Selected as one of the "Top 250 Women in Litigation" by Benchmark Litigation, 2014–2020

Recognized in The Legal 500 U.S. for Antitrust, 2013 and Securities Litigation: Defense, 2017

Lecturer in Law, Harvard Law School, "Legislation and Regulation"

Memberships & Affiliations

The American Law Institute


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2013, District of Columbia

  • 1993, Pennsylvania (inactive)


  • University of Chicago Law SchoolJ.D.with Honors1991
    Comment Editor, The University of Chicago Law Review
  • Yale UniversityB.S.cum laude, with Distinction1986