Susan M. Davies, licensed to practice law in both the United States and Australia, has more than 25 years of experience as a commercial litigator in New York. Prior to joining the firm in 2007, Susan was an associate in the litigation departments of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP and Sidley Austin LLP and then a partner at the New York City litigation boutique Gregory P. Joseph Law Offices LLC (now Joseph Hage Aaronson LLC).
Susan is a graduate of Columbia University School of Law, where she received a Master of Laws in 1990, and the Australian National University College of Law, from which she graduated in 1986 with a Bachelor of Laws, with First Class Honors and a University Medal. While at Columbia, Susan was a Fulbright scholar and a legal writing instructor in the J.D. program.
Susan is actively involved in all the firm’s litigation, including playing significant roles in briefing before the trial and appellate courts in the case of Peterson v. Bank Markazi, in which the firm recovered nearly $1.9 billion from Iran’s central bank on behalf of victims of the 1983 bombing of the Marine Barracks in Beirut, Lebanon and other Iranian terrorist attacks. Susan has also played a leading role in connection with several of the firm’s recent arbitrations involving disputes over earn-outs, and in its representation of a private equity firm and its funds in various securities and unfair competition disputes.
Susan is an active member of the New York and ex-patriate Australian legal communities. In 2012, she founded the NY Chapter of the Law Council of Australia and has since served as its Convenor. From 2004 to 2009, she served on the Executive Committee of the New York State Bar Association’s Commercial and Federal Litigation Section, holding the positions of Section Treasurer (2008-2009) and Secretary (2007), and co-chairing the Section’s Committee on New York Civil Practice Law and Rules (2004-2006). From 2002 to 2010, Ms. Davies served on the Advisory Committee on Civil Practice to the Chief Administrative Judge of the Courts of the State of New York.
Susan is the author of a ground-breaking article on character evidence (Evidence of Character To Prove Conduct: A Reassessment of Relevancy, 27 Criminal Law Bulletin 504 (1991)) which has been cited in more than seventy treatises and law review articles, including The New Wigmore: A Treatise on Evidence at §§ 1.2, 3.1, 3.4. Ms. Davies’ article was relied upon by the Supreme Court of New Mexico in deciding, as a matter of first impression, that it was reversible error for a trial court to have excluded evidence of the defendant’s honest character. New Mexico v. Martinez, 195 P.3d 1232, 1236 (2008). Ms. Davies’ article was also described by the Second Circuit as “a valuable addition to the legal literature on the subject of evidence.” 103 F.3d 1085, 1092 (1997).
LL.M., Columbia Law School, 1990
- Fulbright Postgraduate Student Scholarship
LL.B., Australian National University College of Law, 1986
- University Medal, First Class Honors
- Federal Law Review, Notes Editor, 1984-1985
B.A., University of Canberra, 1982
United States District Court:
Eastern District of New York
Southern District of New York
Northern District of New York
United States Court of Appeals:
High Court of Australia
Australian Capital Territory
New South Wales, Australia
HONORS / AWARDS
Australian National University
University Medal, 1986
Fulbright Postgraduate Student Scholarship
New York Bar Association
Award for Outstanding Service to the Commercial
& Federal Litigation Section, 2009
Report of the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section on a Proposal for Revisions of CPLR Article 65, 7 NY Litigator 107 (Winter 2001), (with co-author James N. Blair)
Evidence of Character to Prove Conduct: A Reassessment of Relevancy, 27 Criminal Law Bulletin 504 (November-December 1991)
Should Hate Speech Be Prohibited in Law Schools?, 20 Southwestern University Law Review 145 (1991) (with co-author Mark Cammack)
New York State Bar Association
Commercial & Federal Litigation Section,
Executive Committee (2002-2009)
CPLR Committee Co-Chair (2002-2006)
Law Council of Australia, International Division
NY Chapter, Convenor (2012-Present)
Advisory Committee to the Chief Administrative Judge of the Courts of the State of New York