• Susan Jacquemot is an experienced litigator with a wide-ranging commercial litigation practice. Susan represents public companies, as well as officers and directors, in connection with securities and class action lawsuits and related regulatory investigations and enforcement proceedings. Her diverse litigation practice also includes complex tax-related litigation, partnership disputes, bankruptcy litigation, disputes relating to the ownership of valuable works of art, real estate and employment litigation, and a variety of complex commercial contract disputes. She has also represented manufacturers of medical equipment and various types of consumer products in product liability lawsuits.

    Susan’s more notable matters include representing UniCredit S.p.A, an Italian bank, in a successful challenge to a multimillion-dollar tax assessment by the New York State Tax Department relating to income derived from international banking facilities; obtaining the dismissal of all claims against officers and directors of General Maritime Corp. in a securities class action lawsuit filed in the Southern District of New York; and filing amicus briefs for the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) and other prominent securities industry organizations in the U.S. Supreme Court and the 2nd and 9th Circuits in connection with appeals concerning the sale of more than $200 billion of residential mortgage-backed securities.

    Susan maintains an active pro bono practice and serves as a member of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee. She has provided ongoing employment advice and representation to Hudson Guild, a community-based social services organization based in Chelsea, and has recently served as pro bono counsel to plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit challenging the adequacy of sanction notices issued by the city and state welfare agencies to public assistance and food stamp recipients in connection with alleged violations of workfare requirements.

    Experience

    • Represented an upstate New York municipality in connection with claims by the SEC alleging securities fraud in connection with municipal bond offerings.

    • Represented a large Israeli bank in challenging a substantial tax assessment by the New York City Department of Finance relating to interest income derived from loan participation transactions involving U.S. borrowers.

    • Assisted in the representation of the former COO of a major global commodities brokerage firm in connection with litigation arising from the firm’s bankruptcy filing.

    • Represented UniCredit S.p.A, an Italian bank, in a successful challenge to a multimillion-dollar tax assessment by the New York State Tax Department relating to income derived from international banking facilities.

    • Obtained the dismissal of all claims against officers and directors of General Maritime Corp. in a securities class action lawsuit filed in the Southern District of New York.

    • Represented the independent trustees of a mutual fund in connection with an SEC investigation that was concluded without charges against the trustees.

    • Filed amicus briefs for SIFMA and other prominent securities industry organizations in the U.S. Supreme Court and the 2nd and 9th Circuits in connection with appeals concerning the sale of more than $200 billion of residential mortgage-backed securities.

    • Represented a global network of collectibles companies in connection with an investigation and litigation by the SEC relating to alleged manipulation of stamp prices.

    • Served on the litigation/bankruptcy team that represented bondholders in the Ambac insurance rehabilitation, challenging their treatment and Ambac’s $4 billion settlement of its credit default swap obligations.

    • Represented a dealer of Old Masters artwork in connection with a successful effort to foreclose on a security interest in a 16th-century painting by Andrea del Sarto following default and fraud by the borrower.

    • Obtained the dismissal of an age discrimination claim against Pace University in a case brought by a former professor.

    Credentials

    Education

    • J.D., cum laude, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, 1991
      • Dr. Samuel R. Belkin Award
      • Member, Cardozo Law Review
    • M.M., The Julliard School, 1983
    • B.A., magna cum laude, Barnard College, Columbia University, 1979

    Bar Admissions

    • New York, 1992

    Court Admissions

    • U.S.D.C., Eastern District of New York
    • U.S.D.C., Southern District of New York

    Professional Affiliations

    • New York City Bar Association
    • New York State Bar Association