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Susan Clare, a partner in our Trial and Global Disputes Practice and Co-Chair of the firm's Automotive and Transportation Litigation Team, represents clients in the automotive/transportation, life sciences, and consumer products industries in high- exposure product liability, mass tort, and other complex litigation. Susan has been named a Georgia Rising Star for Product Liability Defense by Super Lawyers and Atlanta Magazine every year since 2013. In 2018, Susan was named a Rising Star for Transportation by Law360, one of only four lawyers selected in the category.

With experience in all phases of complex litigation, Susan represents companies in individual, class action and multi-district proceedings in federal and state courts across the country.

She is skilled at handling the types of issues that frequently accompany the highest-exposure matters, such as cases involving recalled and foreign-manufactured products, media attention, government investigations, allegations of consumer fraud, jurisdictional challenges, insurance disputes, and extensive expert discovery. In addition to litigation, Susan frequently advises clients on risk assessment and mitigation strategies, product labeling and other consumer communications, government regulations, and product recalls.  Susan also counsels clients on e-discovery issues that include litigation preparedness, discovery strategy in active litigation, and defending against allegations of evidence spoliation.

Susan co-directs King & Spalding's Autonomous and Connected Vehicles initiative. This cross-practice team works with automotive, transportation, technology, ride-sharing and other companies in the development and deployment of autonomous and connected vehicle technologies.

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Credentials

J.D., Emory University, with high honors

B.S., Georgia Institute of Technology, with highest honors

Georgia

Intern, Justice Hugh P. Thompson, Georgia

International Academy of Defense Counsel (IADC) Trial Academy, 2014

Named a Rising Star for Transportation


Law360, 2018

Georgia Rising Star, Personal Injury Defense: Products


Super Lawyers, 2013–2017

Order of the Coif

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Recognition

Named a Rising Star for Transportation


Law360, 2018

Georgia Rising Star, Personal Injury Defense: Products


Super Lawyers, 2013–2017

Order of the Coif

Matters

Representing a leading automobile manufacturer in hundreds of consumer fraud and breach of warranty cases in California.

Serving as co-national trial counsel for one of the world’s largest shipping and logistics companies in serious injury cases arising out of tractor trailer and package delivery motor vehicle accidents.

Representing leading domestic and foreign automotive manufacturers in catastrophic injury and wrongful death actions including claims alleging manufacturing, design, and failure to warn defects, breach of warranty, breach of consumer protection statutes, fraud, and entitlement to punitive damages. Technical specialties include vehicle rollovers, alleged powertrain defects, advanced occupant restraint systems, and vehicular fires.

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Representing a leading automobile manufacturer in hundreds of consumer fraud and breach of warranty cases in California.

Serving as co-national trial counsel for one of the world’s largest shipping and logistics companies in serious injury cases arising out of tractor trailer and package delivery motor vehicle accidents.

Representing leading domestic and foreign automotive manufacturers in catastrophic injury and wrongful death actions including claims alleging manufacturing, design, and failure to warn defects, breach of warranty, breach of consumer protection statutes, fraud, and entitlement to punitive damages. Technical specialties include vehicle rollovers, alleged powertrain defects, advanced occupant restraint systems, and vehicular fires.

Representing a global pharmaceutical company in medical device and biologic cases across the country involving allegations of personal injury, off-label promotion, and fraud.

Representing a national flooring retailer in federal class action proceeding involving allegations of consumer fraud, false labeling, and breach of warranty.

Representing Beazer Homes as national counsel in its Chinese drywall docket, including individual and putative class actions in state court and a federal MDL proceeding alleging product defects, breach of warranty, and violations of consumer protection statutes.

Representing a top private university in putative class action in federal MDL proceeding brought by former student athletes alleging injuries resulting from concussions and head trauma.

Representing a high-growth specialty retailer in burn injury cases resulting from the use of recalled gel fuel and firepot products.

Summary judgment for GM Canada on lack of personal jurisdiction grounds in quadriplegia injury, automotive product liability case. Hinrichs v. GM of Canada, Ltd., 2016 Ala. LEXIS 81 (Ala., June 24, 2016), cert denied, 582 U.S. _ (U.S. June 26, 2017).

Dismissal on preemption grounds of medical device case brought against Allergan USA, Inc. in South Carolina federal court. Wells v. Allergan USA, Inc., No. 6:12-3509-TMC, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 3735 (D.S.C. Jan. 13, 2014).

Summary judgment for Atlanta Gas Light Co. in multi-plaintiff burn injury case after excluding plaintiffs' standard of care expert on Daubert grounds. Anderson v. Atlanta Gas Light Co., 324 Ga. App. 801 (2013).

Summary judgment for GM Canada in quadriplegia injury, automotive product liability case on a writ of mandamus to the Alabama Supreme Court. Ex Parte General Motors of Canada Limited, 144 So. 3d 236 (Ala. 2013).

Summary judgment for GM Canada based on the expiration of the statute of limitations in a wrongful death, automotive product liability case filed in Alabama federal court. King v. GMC, No. 5:11-cv-2269-AKK, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 54439 (N.D. Ala. April 18, 2012).

Dismissal of product liability claims brought against former officers and directors of General Motors Corporation by plaintiffs attempting to circumvent bankruptcy law. Frye v. Smith, 67 So. 3d 882 (Ala. 2011).

Insights

Newsletter

October 19, 2018
Autonomous Vehicles Speed Read - October 2018

Newsletter

September 27, 2018
Autonomous Vehicles Speed Read

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Matters

Representing a leading automobile manufacturer in hundreds of consumer fraud and breach of warranty cases in California.

Serving as co-national trial counsel for one of the world’s largest shipping and logistics companies in serious injury cases arising out of tractor trailer and package delivery motor vehicle accidents.

Representing leading domestic and foreign automotive manufacturers in catastrophic injury and wrongful death actions including claims alleging manufacturing, design, and failure to warn defects, breach of warranty, breach of consumer protection statutes, fraud, and entitlement to punitive damages. Technical specialties include vehicle rollovers, alleged powertrain defects, advanced occupant restraint systems, and vehicular fires.

See more
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Matters

Representing a leading automobile manufacturer in hundreds of consumer fraud and breach of warranty cases in California.

Serving as co-national trial counsel for one of the world’s largest shipping and logistics companies in serious injury cases arising out of tractor trailer and package delivery motor vehicle accidents.

Representing leading domestic and foreign automotive manufacturers in catastrophic injury and wrongful death actions including claims alleging manufacturing, design, and failure to warn defects, breach of warranty, breach of consumer protection statutes, fraud, and entitlement to punitive damages. Technical specialties include vehicle rollovers, alleged powertrain defects, advanced occupant restraint systems, and vehicular fires.

Representing a global pharmaceutical company in medical device and biologic cases across the country involving allegations of personal injury, off-label promotion, and fraud.

Representing a national flooring retailer in federal class action proceeding involving allegations of consumer fraud, false labeling, and breach of warranty.

Representing Beazer Homes as national counsel in its Chinese drywall docket, including individual and putative class actions in state court and a federal MDL proceeding alleging product defects, breach of warranty, and violations of consumer protection statutes.

Representing a top private university in putative class action in federal MDL proceeding brought by former student athletes alleging injuries resulting from concussions and head trauma.

Representing a high-growth specialty retailer in burn injury cases resulting from the use of recalled gel fuel and firepot products.

Summary judgment for GM Canada on lack of personal jurisdiction grounds in quadriplegia injury, automotive product liability case. Hinrichs v. GM of Canada, Ltd., 2016 Ala. LEXIS 81 (Ala., June 24, 2016), cert denied, 582 U.S. _ (U.S. June 26, 2017).

Dismissal on preemption grounds of medical device case brought against Allergan USA, Inc. in South Carolina federal court. Wells v. Allergan USA, Inc., No. 6:12-3509-TMC, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 3735 (D.S.C. Jan. 13, 2014).

Summary judgment for Atlanta Gas Light Co. in multi-plaintiff burn injury case after excluding plaintiffs' standard of care expert on Daubert grounds. Anderson v. Atlanta Gas Light Co., 324 Ga. App. 801 (2013).

Summary judgment for GM Canada in quadriplegia injury, automotive product liability case on a writ of mandamus to the Alabama Supreme Court. Ex Parte General Motors of Canada Limited, 144 So. 3d 236 (Ala. 2013).

Summary judgment for GM Canada based on the expiration of the statute of limitations in a wrongful death, automotive product liability case filed in Alabama federal court. King v. GMC, No. 5:11-cv-2269-AKK, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 54439 (N.D. Ala. April 18, 2012).

Dismissal of product liability claims brought against former officers and directors of General Motors Corporation by plaintiffs attempting to circumvent bankruptcy law. Frye v. Smith, 67 So. 3d 882 (Ala. 2011).

Insights

Newsletter

October 19, 2018
Autonomous Vehicles Speed Read - October 2018

Newsletter

September 27, 2018
Autonomous Vehicles Speed Read

View all

Credentials

J.D., Emory University, with high honors

B.S., Georgia Institute of Technology, with highest honors

Georgia

Intern, Justice Hugh P. Thompson, Georgia

International Academy of Defense Counsel (IADC) Trial Academy, 2014

Named a Rising Star for Transportation


Law360, 2018

Georgia Rising Star, Personal Injury Defense: Products


Super Lawyers, 2013–2017

Order of the Coif

Icon close

Close

Recognition

Named a Rising Star for Transportation


Law360, 2018

Georgia Rising Star, Personal Injury Defense: Products


Super Lawyers, 2013–2017

Order of the Coif