Sue Ann also provides expert witness testimony on employment matters; advises clients on complex employment‐related matters; and, conducts interactive and entertaining training seminars.
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 – the highest recognition by one’s colleagues of sustained outstanding performance in the profession, exemplifying integrity, dedication and excellence.
Sue Ann has handled hundreds of lawsuits and investigations on all types of employment matters, including claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, whistleblower retaliation, substance abuse, threats of violence, assault, sexual assault, theft, fraud, embezzlement, violations of company policies, wage and hour violations, conflict of interest and other forms of alleged misconduct and performance related issues. Sue Ann is also an experienced investigator in Title IX sexual assault, and is a shareholer of T9 Mastered, a training company focused on educating Title IX sexual assault investigators. She 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 as well as in testifying during administrative and judicial proceedings regarding completed investigations. Through her experience as an investigator, author, lecturer, lawyer, and student of investigations and investigative technique, Sue Ann is familiar with the standards in California for conducting a proper investigation related to the workplace.
Sue Ann’s commitment to improving the quality of workplace investigations globally is demonstrated by her unwavering dedication to the Association of Workplace Investigators (AWI) and involvement in other key organizations that set standards for investigations. As a founding member, she was critical in establishing its purpose, molding its principles, and assuring its mission materialized. In addition to being involved in AWI’s creation, Sue Ann has remained deeply involved in every aspect of its evolution. She has served on the Board from its inception in 2009, and held the position of acting President from 2015‐2017 and immediate Past President from 2017‐2019. She was previously a member of the Investigations Standards Technical Committee of ASIS International ‐ charged with preparing standards and guidelines for workplace investigations – and currently serves as co‐chair of the Workplace Investigations subcommittee of the American Bar Association’s Employment Rights and Responsibilities section.
Sue Ann is a former partner of Hanson Bridgett Marcus Vlahos & Rudy. She 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 with a minor in Business Administration in 1990. She attended University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law and received her Juris Doctor in 1993.
Sue Ann has authored numerous articles on employment law and conducted countless training seminars, including An Investigator’s Guide: Achieving Excellence in Conducting Workplace Investigations and STAYING IN YOUR LANE: Neutrality – Not Advocacy – In Conducting C‐Suite Investigations. She regularly lectures on all topics involving employment issues and has written extensively in this area.
CA State Bar No. 166158
Private Investigators License No. 188110
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