Cole Schotz P.C.



Susan M. Usatine
New Jersey Office
Court Plaza North, 25 Main Street, Hackensack, NJ 07601
T: 201-525-6219 / C: 201-681-7449 / F: 201-678-6219
Legal Practice Assistant: Michele Stempel
T: 201-489-3000, ext. 5083


Susan Usatine is a member of the firm’s Litigation Department. She is regarded as a litigator who understands how the Information Age has indelibly altered the way businesses make strategic decisions including the handling of high-stakes disputes.

Susan has served as trusted counsel to high level entrepreneurs, private equity firms and financial and accounting service professionals for more than twenty years. She represents domestic and international businesses in bet-the-company litigation in federal and state courts, mediation and arbitration proceedings.

As a result of her successful and disciplined handling of fast paced, multi-state litigation with enormous information volume, Susan spearheads the firm’s strategic planning in the area of litigation technology and is the founder and leader of the firm’s Discovery Services Practice Group.

In 2020, Susan was named Innovator of the Year by the New Jersey Law Journal and has been recognized as a United States’ Top 250 Women in Litigation by Benchmark Litigation for three years. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey. See Award Methodology. Susan’s clients believe this honor recognizes the results she obtains in the courtroom and her keen understanding of technology’s effect on litigation strategy and outcome. Susan has answered sophisticated clients’ “more for less challenge” by using efficiency strategies in every matter. The game-changing litigation efficiencies she has developed and implemented are widely recognized as best practices throughout the legal profession.


Boston University School of Law, J.D., 1998Boston University, B.A., 1995

Bar & Court Admissions

New Jersey, 1998U.S. District Court of New Jersey, 1998



Susan Usatine of Cole Schotz on How 'Receptivity to Change' is Paramount

As published in: New Jersey Law Journal September 18, 2020

Susan Usatine was quoted in an article titled, "Hoarding E-mail Can Hurt You in The Long Run"

As published in: Fierce Content Management February 10, 2015

Susan Usatine was quoted in the article titled, "Email Is Not Forever: Advice on Archiving"

As published in: eSecurity Planet by Phillip Britt February 6, 2015

Susan Usatine was quoted in the article titled, "How To Avoid Being A Discovery Pushover"

As published in: Law360 by Allison Grande November 24, 2014

Benchmark Litigation Names Susan Usatine Top Litigator for Third Straight Year

As published in: Benchmark Litigation August 12, 2014

Privacy Attys Capitalize On Creative Fee Arrangements

As published in: Law360 By Allison Grande July 22, 2013


Recent Events

e-Discovery in the Bankruptcy Context
Attorney Speaking: Susan M. UsatineNovember 20, 2014



Discovering the Digital Wallet

New Jersey Law Journal April 12, 2018

Susan M. Usatine
Don’t Push Send

Today's General Counsel December 14, 2017

Susan M. Usatine
e-Discovery: Not Just for Litigators

Women Lawyers in Bergen Spring 2015 Newsletter May 19, 2015

Susan M. Usatine
Maintaining Electronically Stored Information Forever Is Risky Business

Law Technology News March 6, 2014

Susan M. Usatine
Managing Discovery Costs in the Information Age

New Jersey Family Lawyer December 2013

Susan M. Usatine
Information Governance: The Institutional Hot Potato

Corporate Compliance Insights September 11, 2013

Susan M. Usatine

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