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  • Education
    • J.D., cum laude, University of Miami School of Law, 1997
    • B.A., University of California-Santa Barbara, 1993
  • Court Admissions
    • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
    • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California

Susan Gilefsky builds strong defense strategies by getting to know the products she defends and the people and companies behind them. By immersing herself in an understanding of the individual, product and company, she is better able to understand the business impacts of the outcomes she seeks to achieve.  She works tirelessly to ensure the clients’ needs are met and her responsiveness is unparalleled. 

With a concentration in products liability and toxic tort litigation, she represents a broad range of clients in asbestos product liability cases, including premise owners and the manufacturers, distributors and suppliers of a wide variety of products. Susan has worked extensively at all stages of litigation including:

  • Trial
  • Trial preparation
  • Depositions
  • Alternative dispute resolutions
  • Law and motion

Susan coordinates defense strategy management directly with clients and national counsel, and is involved with client case management. She has co-chaired numerous trials over the years, and obtained five defense verdicts, including four successful outcomes in living mesothelioma cases.

Prior to her work in the products liability and toxic tort arena, she worked for years doing environmental and Prop 65 work, as well as general civil litigation.

  • Trial counsel for product manufacturer in living mesothelioma case where plaintiff claimed asbestos exposure due to work with defendant's products, as a pipefitter in shipyards and industrial sites.  Defense verdict after seven week trial.  Schildknegt v. Dana Companies, LLC.
  • Trial counsel for valve manufacturer in living mesothelioma case where plaintiff claimed exposure based on service in U.S. Navy Defense verdict for client after six week jury trial in Los Angeles.  Richard Merill v. FMC/Crosby Valve, et al.
  • Trial counsel for contractor defendant in asbestosis case where plaintiff claimed exposure based on work performed by defendant.  Defense verdict for client after six week jury trial.  Robert Bowen v. Metalclad, et al.
  • Trial counsel for product manufacturer in living mesothelioma case where plaintiff claimed exposure due to work with defendant's products.  Defense verdict after six week jury trial.  Chester Morrison v. Dana Companies, LLC.
  • Trial counsel for product manufacturer in living mesothelioma case where plaintiff claimed exposure due to work with defendant's products.  Defense verdict after three week jury trial.  Marc Anderson v. Dana Companies, LLC.
  • Trial counsel for product manufacturer in living lung cancer case in Santa Barbara, California.