Sue Ann also serves as an expert witness in employment matters, regularly conducts training seminars on employment matters and Title IX and workplace investigations, and provides employment-related advice and counsel.
Sue Ann has handled hundreds of workplace investigations on all types of employment matters. She regularly handles investigations that are complex and sensitive, and those that involve executives or high-level officials. Sue Ann is experienced in conducting Internal Affairs investigations, and those involving the Public Safety Officers Procedural Bill of Rights Act and the Firefighters Procedural Bill of Rights. Sue Ann is experienced in testifying during administrative and judicial proceedings relating to her own investigations and as an expert witness on the adequacy of the investigation. Sue Ann is also an experienced investigator in Title IX sexual assault claims, and a founding member of T9 Mastered, a training firm for Title IX investigations. Sue Ann’s commitment to and passion for improving the quality of investigations extends beyond her talented team of 15 attorney-investigators. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Association of Workplace Investigators since 2009, and currently serves as the Board President. She currently serves as Senior Faculty for AWI’s Training Institute. Since 2013, Sue Ann has been the co-chair of the Workplace Investigations Sub-Committee of the Employee Rights and Responsibilities section of the American Bar Association. Sue Ann also served as a member of the Investigations Standards Technical Committee of ASIS International, which prepared and published standards and guidelines for workplace investigations in 2015. Since 2006, Sue Ann has remained an active member in the Anthony M. Kennedy Inn of Court.
Sue Ann has been listed in Northern California Super Lawyers every year since 2010, and from 2015 to 2019, she was recognized by Sacramento Business Journal’s Best of the Bar and Sacramento Magazine’s list of Top Lawyers. In 2015, Sue Ann was elected as a Fellow to the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. Election as a Fellow is the highest recognition by one’s colleagues of sustained outstanding performance in the profession, exemplifying integrity, dedication and excellence.
Sue Ann was a partner at Hanson Bridgett Marcus Vlahos & Rudy before founding her own firm in 2006. In 2010, she and Deborah Maddux merged their two firms, now known as Van Dermyden Maddux Law Corporation.
Sue Ann grew up on a fifth-generation farm in North Dakota and graduated from Wahpeton High School in 1983. She moved to California and attended California State University, Chico, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and a minor in Business Administration in 1990. She attended the University of the Pacific, McGeorge and received her Juris Doctorate in 1993.
Sue Ann is a licensed California Attorney and Private Investigator.
CA State Bar No. 166158
Private Investigators License No. 188110
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