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. 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 preparation
- 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.