Susan M. Freeman
Lewis and Roca LLP, Phoenix
Susan M. Freeman is a partner at Lewis and Roca LLP, with offices in Phoenix, Tucson, Las Vegas, Reno and Albuquerque. She graduated from New York University School of Law in 1975 as a Root-Tilden Scholar, and holds a B.A. from Mount Holyoke College, with distinction. Ms. Freeman is a Fellow and former Vice President and Regent of the American College of Bankruptcy, and a Member of the American Law Institute, where she serves as an Adviser for the RESTATEMENT OF LAW (THIRD) RESTITUTION. She chairs the ABA Business Bankruptcy Committee Chapter 11 Subcommittee, and previously chaired the Subcommittee on Professional Ethics and the Programs Subcommittee. She has been a certified specialist in bankruptcy law since 1985. Ms. Freeman is the author of Chapter 172 of NORTON BANKRUPTCY LAW & PRACTICE on Professional Responsibility in Bankruptcy Cases. Her most recent article is Are DIP and Committee Counsel Fiduciaries for Their Clients’ Constituents or the Bankruptcy Estate? What is a Fiduciary, Anyway?, 17 Amer. Bankr. Inst. L. Rev. 291 (Winter 2009). In addition to her business bankruptcy law practice, Ms. Freeman is an appellate lawyer. She is a Member of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, and has taught at the National Appellate Practice Institute as well as at state counterparts, and is the co-author of the principal appellate resource in Arizona on civil appeals, the ARIZONA APPELLATE HANDBOOK. Ms. Freeman is a frequent writer and lecturer at seminars in Arizona and nationally, often including presentations on bankruptcy ethics. She has served as an expert witness on bankruptcy ethics issues, and represented lawyers in cases alleging ethical misconduct. She has been included in the editions of BEST LAWYERS IN AMERICA since 1989, with listings in the categories of bankruptcy and commercial litigation/appeals. She is also listed in SOUTHWEST SUPER LAWYERS as one of the Top 50 Lawyers in Arizona. She was co-counsel for several law professors on amicus curiae briefs in Tennessee Student Assistance Corp. v. Hood, 541 U.S. 440 (2004) and Central Virginia Community College v. Katz, 126 S. Ct. 990, 1004 (2006).