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Education

  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D., cum laude
  • University of California, Santa Barbara, B.A., high honors

Admissions

  • California

Suzanne E. Rode

Counsel
San Francisco
srode@crowell.com
Phone: +1 415.365.7276
3 Embarcadero Center
26th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111

Suzanne Rode is a counsel in Crowell & Moring's San Francisco office where she practices in the firm's Litigation and Labor & Employment groups. Suzanne litigates a variety of complex matters, with a focus on employment disputes and representing higher education institutions. She has significant litigation experience ranging from pre-suit risk assessment to dispositive motion practice to trial and appeal, and defending employers from complaints filed with governmental agencies.

Suzanne also investigates and advises clients on pre-litigation employment issues, including complaints of discrimination and harassment and retaliation, employee discipline and termination, and employee mobility and non-competition issues. She provides advice to employers on the implementation and enforcement of personnel policies, and reviews and drafts various employment agreements to protect her clients’ business and legal interests.  

Representative Engagements

  • Defeated a motion for preliminary injunction for a public university system in which plaintiffs sought to halt the university’s policy requiring all students, employees, and faculty on campus to receive a flu vaccine, subject to certain exceptions.
  • Defended a major university in connection with retaliation and whistleblower claims by a former employee, prevailing on summary judgment and on appeal.
  • Successfully defended administrative complaints filed by former employee with the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
  • Represented a major university in litigation brought by multiple former employees alleging discrimination and harassment, resulting in a confidential settlement.
  • Represented major retailer in dispute regarding exclusive clause in leases at shopping center.  Prevailed on liability issue at trial and obtained damages on appeal.
  • Represented a start-up semiconductor company in trade secrets litigation against former employees and their new company resulting in a confidential settlement.
  • Defended a major health care organization in class action litigation in federal and state courts arising out of alleged loss of protected health information.
  • Represented Plaintiffs Sears, Macy's, Abercrombie & Fitch, and Express in litigation stemming from a devastating fire at the Roseville Galleria, an upscale shopping center operated by Westfield in Northern California.
  • Obtained a preliminary injunction for a major car rental company against an online travel agency after a two-week evidentiary hearing.

Suzanne has a pro bono practice focused on immigration. She has represented individuals in applications for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, T visa based on status as a victim of human trafficking, and asylum.

Prior to joining Crowell & Moring, Suzanne was an associate with the San Francisco firm, Folger Levin & Kahn LLP. She graduated with honors from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 2007, where she served as executive editor for the Hastings International and Comparative Law Review. While in law school she interned at the San Francisco Office of the City Attorney and worked on the City's constitutional challenge to discriminatory marriage laws in California.



Affiliations

Admitted to practice: California 

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American Bar Association
Bar Association of San Francisco



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Dec.21.2020 LITIGATION NOTE: Crowell & Moring Defeats Preliminary Injunction Motion, Securing Swift Dismissal of Case Seeking to Halt University of California Flu Vaccination Requirement