Top rated Business Litigation attorney in Chicago, IllinoisValentine Austriaco & Bueschel, P.C.
Practice Areas: Business Litigation, General Litigation
Licensed in Illinois since: 1987
For more than last 30 years, Susan has handled disputes, and when necessary, actively litigated a wide range of matters. She counsels her clients – from government agencies to Fortune 100 companies – on a variety of sensitive business issues, and her clients depend on her practical, timely, and cost-effective approach. Her focus has been on litigating disputes involving business entities in commercial matters, ranging from breach-of-contract issues to internal investigations that involve fraud and other misconduct. She also investigates and litigates matters involving creditors’ rights, restrictive covenants, shareholder actions, professional liability, insurance, and reinsurance. In addition, Susan represents aviation interests, including foreign airlines, in state and federal court and is a member of the International Aviation Women’s Association.
Given the economic and other risks of litigation, Susan understands that trial is not always the best path to resolution. She has consistently obtained excellent results in mediations and settlement conferences. When resolution is not possible by motion or settlement, Susan brings to her cases decades of experience with trials, arbitrations, and contested hearings. She is a member of the Trial Bar for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and of the Trials Practice Area Committee of the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms.
Throughout her career, Susan has dedicated significant time to pro bono work, including impact litigation relating to fair housing matters, women’s rights, and criminal justice issues. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for The Chicago Bar Foundation and for BEDS Plus Care.
First Admitted: 1987, Illinois
Professional Webpage: https://www.vablawfirm.com/susan-valentine
- Susan served as lead counsel for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation as Receiver for Valley Bank, Illinois in an accounting malpractice case brought against the Bank's former auditors in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. After several years of hard-fought litigation, Susan obtained a $11.25 million settlement from the auditors., 2019
- Conducted videoconference trial in bankruptcy adversary proceeding in one of the first remote trials since the onset of COVID-19. , 2020
- This is Susan Valentine's 30th year as a member of the Trial Bar of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. She has been a member since 1990. , 2020
- In 2017, Susan and her firm, Valentine Austriaco & Bueschel, P.C., were selected to the membership of the National Association of Minority and Women-Owned Law Firms. Since their admission, Susan and her partners have been actively involved in this organization, including in presenting Continuing Legal Education seminars and webinars for the organization. Susan has served as Co-Chair of the Trials Practice Area Committee's Programming Committee. In that capacity, she has developed of three CLEs and a two webinars. , 2017
- Susan Valentine was selected to serve on the Board of Directors for The Chicago Bar Foundation., 2020
- Susan Valentine, and fellow VAB Shareholders were featured in a ABA Law Practice Today article discussing opportunities and challenges facing women in the law today and the potential for positive cultures within firms. View that article here: https://www.lawpracticetoday.org/article/leadership-careers-women-law-roundtable/, 2020
- In 2015, Susan was selected to serve on the board of BEDS Plus Care, an organization committed to assisting the homeless in the greater south suburban Chicago area. Since 2018 to 2019, Susan served as Vice President of the Board. She frequently provides pro bono representation to the the organization, including in coordinating the defense of a request for injunctive relief made by a municipality seeking to shut down the organization's emergency overnight shelter in a local church. Susan drafted key pleadings and found outstanding leaders from the Chicago-area legal community to serve as pro bono counsel. The matter was settled after the municipality's request for a temporary restraining order was denied. , 2015
- Susan has represented the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation for decades. Beginning in the savings and loan crisis that spawned litigation in the 1990s and continuing through the last crisis that began in 2008 to the present, she has held a Legal Services Agreement with the FDIC. Susan has represented the agency in a wide range of matters, including in professional liability investigations, litigation brought against officers and directors of failed financial institutions, litigation brought against service professionals, such as auditors and attorneys, fidelity bond claims, and commercial litigation matters. Since forming Valentine Austriaco & Bueschel, P.C. in 2016, her firm regularly tops the list of minority and women-owned firms with the most significant matters for the FDIC., 2020
- Member of Board of Directors, The Chicago Bar Foundation , 2022
- Member of Board of Directors, BEDS Plus Care (2015 - present), 2022
- National Association of Minority and Women-Owned Law Firms, Co-Chair Programming Committee of Trials Practice Area Committee (2018 to present), 2022
- National Association of Minority and Women-Owned Law Firms, Co-Chair Programming Committee of Trials Practice Area Committee (2018 to present), 2021
- Member of Board of Directors, The Chicago Bar Foundation , 2021
- National Association of Minority and Women-Owned Law Firms, Co-Chair Programming Committee of Trials Practice Area Committee (2018 to present), 2020
- Susan is a Member of Board of Directors, BEDS Plus Care (2015 to present); Vice Chair (2018-2019)., 2020
- Member of Board of Directors, The Chicago Bar Foundation , 2020
- Susan was featured in the BEDS Plus Care Fall Newsletter. In it, she explains why the supporters of this non-profit are needed now more than ever during COVID-19. The mission of BEDS Plus is to help vulnerable individuals stabilize their lives through housing and supportive services. , 2020
- Susan served as the Co-Chair for the Programming Committee of Trials Practice Area Committee (2018 to 2020) for the National Association of Minority and Women-Owned Law Firms., 2020
- National Association of Minority and Women-Owned Law Firms, Co-Chair Programming Committee of Trials Practice Area Committee (2018 to present), 2019
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