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Leslie J.Suson

CounselPro Bono CommitteeLeslie.Suson@ThompsonHine.com
Atlanta

O 404.541.2972

Leslie J.Suson

Counsel
Pro Bono CommitteeLeslie.Suson@ThompsonHine.com
Atlanta

O 404.541.2972

Focus Areas

Product Liability, Tort, and Business Litigation

  • Represented and defended a pharmaceutical company in multiple actions alleging injuries arising out of the plaintiffs’ use of statin medications, including cases involving liver transplant and rhabdomyolysis.
  • Represented and defended medical device manufacturer in cases nationwide alleging personal injury and wrongful death arising out of plaintiffs’ use of insulin pump therapy system.
  • Served as local counsel to a pharmaceutical manufacturer in cases involving a statin drug.
  • Served as local counsel to a pharmaceutical manufacturer in cases involving vaccine ingredient, Thimerosal.
  • Represented and defended the manufacturer of dental equipment involving allegations of defect and personal injury.
  • Represented and defended the manufacturer of eye care products in cases involving allegations of permanent corneal damage and corneal transplants.
  • Represented and defended the manufacturer of hospital equipment against claim that product was defective and resulted in serious injuries.
  • Served as local counsel to the manufacturer of talc products in cases involving allegations of ovarian cancer.
  • Represented and defended an insulation installation company against allegations that its failure to warn of fire spread properties of product caused $260 million in additional property damage.
  • Represented and defended large natural gas company in Georgia involving large gas explosions.
  • Represented and defended large airline and ground transportation company relating to personal injury claims at airport.
  • Successfully briefed numerous motions to dismiss and summary judgment motions relating to wrongful foreclosure and lender liability issues.
  • Represented multiple businesses in disputes with other businesses or individuals involving allegations of breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duties, fraud, interference with contractual relations, civil conspiracy, breach of non-compete and non-solicitation covenants.
  • Represented various insurers in coverage disputes, bad faith, indemnification, and subrogation matters.
  • Represented and obtained court-approved settlement for insurer in class action lawsuit involving medical payments for psychological services.
  • Represented various clients in breach of real estate contracts and fraud in real estate transactions.
  • Represented various clients in RICO, fraud, and white-collar criminal matters.
  • Performed internal investigation of manufacturer and represented manufacturer in false claims act litigation in connection with government contract.
  • Represented criminal defendants facing death penalty in appeal on a pro bono basis.
  • Represented prisoner in connection with civil rights violations on a pro bono basis.
  • Represented minor facing transfer to adult system for criminal prosecution on a pro bono basis.
  • Acted as guardian ad litem on behalf of minor in custody dispute on a pro bono basis.

Governmental Matters

  • Represented Atlanta-area county in disputes relating to intergovernmental contracts.
  • Represented Atlanta-area county in dispute regarding development authority.
  • Represented individuals on development authorities in disputes regarding right to hold office position.
  • Represented Georgia county, high-level employees, and council members in connection with Securities and Exchange Commission subpoenas.
  • Conducted multiple internal investigations on behalf of major Georgia city.
  • Provided counsel and advice to Georgia-area housing authority on multiple issues.

Select Reported Opinions

  • American Home Products Corp.v. Ferrari, 289 Ga. 184, 710 S.E.2d 771 (2011).
  • Selene RMOF REO Acquisition II, LLC, et al. v. Vandiver & Kaufman, LLC, 3:10-cv-109 (CAR), 2011 WL 1833204 (M.D. Ga. May 12, 2011).
  • R & R Insulation Services, Inc. v. Royal Indemnity, et al., 307 Ga. App. 419 (2010).
  • Haynes v. Cyberonics, Inc., 1:09-CV-2700-JEC, 2011 WL 3903238 (N.D. Ga. Sept. 6, 2011).
  • Winchester v. Pension Comm. of Michael Reese Health, 942 F.2d 1190 (7th Cir. 1991).
  • Rick Nolan’s Auto Body Shop, Inc. v. Allstate Ins. Co., 718 F. Supp. 721 (N.D. Ill. 1989).
  • Zegar v. Sears Roebuck & Co., 211 Ill.App.3d 1025, 570 N.E.2d 1176 (1st Dist. 1991).
  • Co-author, “Alice In Pharmaland: The ‘Curiouser And Curiouser’ Case of Conte v. Wyeth,” Rx for the Defense, Winter 2009
  • Co-author, “Illinois Survey of Criminal Procedures,” 18 Loyola Law Journal, 1988
  • AV® Preeminent Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Professional Associations

  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • Georgia Bar Association
  • Georgia Defense Lawyers Association

Community Activities

  • Volunteer with a local charity that provides temporary housing to homeless women and children.
  • Volunteer with local charity that distributes food to distressed Atlanta neighborhoods by collection of surplus food from local restaurants, markets and grocery stores.
  • Volunteer coordinator of the annual holiday gift program for local charity, including raising donations, purchasing and distributing holiday gifts for children in need.

Professional Activities

  • Metro Atlanta High School Mock Trial Tournament, judging evaluator
  • Illinois State Bar Association High School Mock Trial Tournament, team coach

Education

  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law, J.D., 1988,

    American Jurisprudence Awards in Criminal Procedure and Pre-trial Litigation; Dean’s List; executive editor, Loyola University Law Journal

  • Loyola University Chicago, B.S., 1985,
    summa cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia
  • Illinois