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Susan Hartnett
Chair, Appellate Practice Group

Susan A. Hartnett

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617.227.3030
hartnett@sugarmanrogers.com
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Susan Hartnett
Chair, Appellate Practice Group
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A senior partner in the firm, Susan advises and represents insurers in complex coverage matters under general-liability, business, homeowners and professional-liability policies. For over a decade, she has also devoted a substantial portion of her practice to representing reinsurers and insurers in arbitration and litigation involving a broad range of reinsurance disputes, including claims arising out of long-tail exposures. She is a founding member, past president and current director of the Massachusetts Reinsurance Bar Association (MReBA).

Susan is also chair of the firm’s Appellate practice group. She regularly represents individuals, businesses and non-profit organizations in appeals in state and federal court including matters that were tried in the first instance by another firm but are referred to Susan for appeal, and matters where she is retained by an industry group or other amicus curiae, or “friend of the court” on important legal and policy issues before the appellate courts. Susan’s appellate work has encompassed a broad range of issues and cases, including insurance coverage and reinsurance matters, shareholder-derivative actions, claims for fraud and breach of fiduciary duty, products-liability litigation and “junk science,” contracts, civil rights and executive privilege, alimony and other aspects of divorce proceedings, and professional-liability claims.

Susan joined the firm in 1985 following a year as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Raya S. Dreben of the Massachusetts Appeals Court. She has been a partner since 1992.

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Professional Affiliations
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  • Massachusetts Reinsurance Bar Association (Founding Member; Director, 2013 – present; President, 2012-2013; Vice-President, 2011-2012; Chair, Publications Committee, 2009-2011)
  • ARIAS – U.S. (AIDA Reinsurance and Insurance Arbitration Society)
  • DRI, Insurance Law Committee
  • Boston Bar Association
  • Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts (former Co-Chair, Amicus Committee)
Civic Involvement
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  • Northeastern University School of Law Alumni/ae Association, Board of Directors, 2017 – present
  • Greater Boston Legal Services, Executive Committee, 2013 – present; Board of Directors, 2000 – present
  • Boston Bar Association Pro Bono Pilot Appellate Program, Volunteer, 2016 – present
  • The Women’s Lunch Place, Volunteer, 2016 – present
  • A Better Chance, Winchester, Board of Directors, 2000–2010
Honors
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  • The Best Lawyers in America, Appellate Law and Insurance Law, 2008-2017; Reinsurance Law, 2017
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers (Insurance Coverage), Boston magazine, 2004-2007, 2009-2016
  • “Top 50 Female Attorneys in Massachusetts,” Massachusetts Super Lawyers, 2012
  • Benchmark Appellate “First Circuit Litigation Star,” Massachusetts, 2013
  • Rated AV® Preeminent ™ by Martindale-Hubbell