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.
EducationBoston University School of Law, J.D., 1998Boston University, B.A., 1995
Bar & Court AdmissionsNew Jersey, 1998U.S. District Court of New Jersey, 1998
As published in: New Jersey Law Journal September 18, 2020
June 2, 2020
Cole Schotz served as counsel to the Creditors' Committee in Think Finance, LLC, in the Northern District of Texas
November 25, 2019
We are pleased to announce that our New Jersey Litigation Practice has been rated as Highly Recommended in Benchmark Litigation 2018
As published in: Benchmark Litigation November 1, 2017
Susan Usatine was quoted in an article titled, "E-Discovery Managed Services: A Bridge to Predictive Analytics"
As published in: Legaltech News March 22, 2016
Susan Usatine was quoted in an article titled, "E-Discovery Managed Services: Unexpected Opportunities"
As published in: Legal Tech News June 12, 2015
Susan Usatine was quoted in an article titled, "Cole Schotz P.C. Increases eDiscovery Capacity With Arc(SM)"
As published in: Nasdaq May 19, 2015
As published in: Fierce Content Management February 10, 2015
As published in: eSecurity Planet by Phillip Britt February 6, 2015
As published in: Law360 by Allison Grande November 24, 2014
November 10, 2014
As published in: Benchmark Litigation August 12, 2014
As published in: Law360 by Linda Chiem May 16, 2014
September 16, 2013
August 15, 2013
As published in: Law360 By Allison Grande July 22, 2013
March 27, 2013
NJICLE E-Discovery in 2018: An Essential Guide to Gathering and Using Electronically Stored InformationAttorney Speaking: Susan M. UsatineSeptember 13, 2018
Susan Usatine is presenting "Creative Cost Control in e-Discovery Expenditures" at Relativity Fest Annual ConferenceAttorney Speaking: Susan M. UsatineOctober 22-25, 2017
Susan Usatine is speaking at the BCBA program: eDiscovery Competency: A Practical Guide to Meeting the Ethical RequirementsAttorney Speaking: Susan M. UsatineDecember 7, 2016
New Jersey Law Journal April 10, 2019Susan M. Usatine
Law360 June 21, 2017Susan M. Usatine
New Jersey Law Journal March 20, 2017Susan M. Usatine
Legaltech News October 6, 2016Susan M. Usatine
New Jersey Law Journal May 23, 2016Susan M. Usatine
Legaltech News December 22, 2015Susan M. Usatine
Women Lawyers in Bergen Spring 2015 Newsletter May 19, 2015Susan M. Usatine
New Jersey Law Journal April 30, 2015Susan M. Usatine
Law360 May 15, 2014Susan M. Usatine
Maintaining Electronically Stored Information Forever Is Risky Business
Law Technology News March 6, 2014Susan M. Usatine
New Jersey Family Lawyer December 2013Susan M. Usatine
Information Governance: The Institutional Hot Potato
Corporate Compliance Insights September 11, 2013Susan M. Usatine
AIRA Journal September 4, 2013Susan M. Usatine
AFP Exchange September 5, 2013Susan M. Usatine