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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 is the Vice Chair of the Products Liability Toxic Tort section of the Litigation Department. She assists in coordinating service areas across the department, which spans multiple offices, to ensure consistency and top notch representation. To that end, she works with closely with clients to develop effective litigation, case development and settlement strategies when managing large mass tort claims. With over 20 years of experience handling mass tort litigation, Susan uses her depth of experience and skill to effectively achieve optimal results to our clients’ challenges.

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. She has served major clients in a variety of industries, including but not limited to:

  • Asbestos litigation concerning fiber supply, construction, and friction materials
  • Pesticide damage and personal injury litigation
  • Perchloroethylene exposure cases
  • Product liability in manufacturing
  • Asbestos litigation concerning household products
  • Petrochemical exposure in the workplace

With a concentration in products liability and toxic tort litigation, Susan 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. She frequently handles cases involving occupational and workplace exposure and has developed significant experience defending toxic tort claims of exposure to asbestos, chemicals, and pesticides. 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.

Susan is also involved in the Women’s Empowerment Committee, serving as the co-chair for the Los Angeles’ office WEC group. She also serves as a Mentor for the firm’s Paths to Success group, as well as serving as a member on the Los Angeles’ office’s Recruiting Committee.

  • 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.