SUSAN G. KUPFER is the founding partner of the Firm’s Berkeley office and head of the Firm’s Antitrust Practice Group. Ms Kupfer joined the Firm in 2003. She is a native of New York City, and received her A.B. degree from Mount Holyoke College in 1969 and her Juris Doctor degree from Boston University School of Law in 1973. She did graduate work at Harvard Law School and, in 1977, was named Assistant Dean and Director of Clinical Programs at Harvard, supervising and teaching in that program of legal practice and related academic components.
For much of her legal career, Ms. Kupfer has been a professor of law. Her areas of academic expertise are Civil Procedure, Federal Courts, Conflict of Laws, Constitutional Law, Legal Ethics, and Jurisprudence. She has taught at Harvard Law School, Hastings College of the Law, Boston University School of Law, Golden Gate University School of Law, and Northeastern University School of Law. From 1991 through 2002, she was a lecturer on law at the University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall, teaching Civil Procedure and Conflict of Laws. Her publications include articles on federal civil rights litigation, legal ethics, and jurisprudence. She has also taught various aspects of practical legal and ethical training, including trial advocacy, negotiation and legal ethics, to both law students and practicing attorneys.
Ms. Kupfer previously served as corporate counsel to The Architects Collaborative in Cambridge and San Francisco, and was the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Commission on Judicial Conduct. She returned to the practice of law in San Francisco with Morgenstein & Jubelirer and Berman DeValerio LLP before joining the Firm.
Ms. Kupfer’s practice is concentrated in complex antitrust litigation. She currently serves, or has served, as Co-Lead Counsel in several multidistrict antitrust cases: In re Photochromic Lens Antitrust Litig. (MDL 2173, M.D. Fla. 2010); In re Fresh and Process Potatoes Antitrust Litig. (D. ID. 2011); In re Korean Air Lines Antitrust Litig. (MDL No. 1891, C.D. Cal. 2007); In re Urethane Antitrust Litigation (MDL 1616, D. Kan. 2004); In re Western States Wholesale Natural Gas Litigation (MDL 1566, D. Nev. 2005); and Sullivan et al v. DB Investments et al (D. N.J. 2004). She has been a member of the lead counsel teams that achieved significant settlements in: In re Sorbates Antitrust Litigation ($96.5 million settlement); In re Pillar Point Partners Antitrust Litigation ($50 million settlement); and In re Critical Path Securities Litigation ($17.5 million settlement).
Ms. Kupfer is a member of the bar of Massachusetts and California, and is admitted to practice before the United States District Courts for the Northern, Central, Eastern and Southern Districts of California, the District of Massachusetts, the Courts of Appeals for the First and Ninth Circuits, and the U.S. Supreme Court.