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  • University of Oregon, B.A. (2007)
  • University of San Francisco School of Law, J.D. (2014)


  • California
  • Nevada

Austin J. Sutta

San Francisco
Phone: +1 415.365.7404
3 Embarcadero Center, 26th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111

Austin J. Sutta is an associate in Crowell & Moring’s Insurance/Reinsurance Group in the San Francisco office. Austin in represents insurers in coverage disputes and bankruptcy litigation frequently involving underlying mass tort claims arising from asbestos and talc.

Most recently, Austin has represented insurers in the bankruptcy cases of Imerys Talc America and Kaiser Gypsum Company. She has counseled insurers in a broad range of bankruptcy, receivership, and insurance coverage issues, such as corporate successorship and successor liability, trigger of coverage, choice of law, enforcement of anti-assignment provisions, duty to defend, maintenance of underlying insurance provisions, Cumis counsel disputes, and policy interpretation generally.

In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, Austin has also begun counseling clients with regard to the impacts of COVID-19 on the auto insurance industry, commercial general liability policies, and business interruption policies.   

Prior to joining the firm in 2019, Austin was general counsel at Green Planet 21, Inc., a recycling and sustainability company. In her position as general counsel, she was primarily responsible for the drafting and negotiation of a wide variety of contracts, including commodity and service agreements and contracts for the lease and purchase of real property. She managed all phases of litigation and settlement involving the company and served on the Board of Directors for the Insurance Captive through which the company obtained its workers compensation insurance.

In addition to her work as general counsel, Austin maintained a solo law practice, which included her successful litigation of a petition for writ of mandate brought pursuant to the Administrative Procedure Act, the California Environmental Quality Act, and the Forest Practice Act on behalf of an environmental not-for-profit client.

During law school, Austin was a judicial extern for the Honorable Harry M. Dorfman in the Superior Court of California, County of San Francisco. Additionally, Austin was a board member of the Environmental Law Society.

Austin received her B.A. from the University of Oregon in 2007 and her J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 2014.


Admitted to practice: California, Nevada, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.


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