Suzanne E. Rischman is a trial attorney specializing in toxic tort, asbestos litigation, construction defect, defense of insureds and equine law. She has tried over 30 cases to verdict. Ms. Rischman began her career as a Trial Attorney with the San Francisco Public Defender's Office where over a period of 13 years she focused her practice on the representation of indigent clients charged with serious felonies including homicide, rape and molestation. Ms. Rischman went on to private practice in 1999 where, as a partner in her former firm, she specialized in trial practice in the areas of toxic tort liability, construction defect defense, equine law, and the defense of clients charged with fraud, sexual harassment, and white collar crime.
Ms. Rischman earned her J.D. in 1986 from Western University College of Law. In 1985 she studied commercial law of the European Economic Communities at Cambridge University, Downing College, Cambridge, England. She obtained her B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley in 1982 where she was a California Alumni Scholar. Ms. Rischman is admitted to practice before all California State Courts and all Federal State Courts within the State of California.
Ms. Rischman has tried numerous personal injury and contract matters for an array of defendants contractors, suppliers, manufactures and premise owners.
An avid equestrian, Ms. Rischman also is a member of the United States Equestrian Federation, the Pacific Coast Horseman's Association, Norcal Hunter Jumper Association and the California Professional Horseman's Association. Her International equine practice focuses on the representation of trainers, professional horsemen, amateur riders, and veterinary professionals in litigation resulting in the purchase and sale of horses as well as personal injury and veterinary malpractice.
Ms. Rischman was a contributor to the California Civil Jury Instruction Compilation Handbook 2009-2010, authored by Elizabeth A. Baron, on the issue of Breach of Implied Warranty and Breach of Express Warranty.
She was designated as a 2012 and 2013 Northern California Super Lawyer.
Ms. Rischman is involved in numerous Bay Area Charities. She currently serves as a Chair for the Menlo Charity Horse Show, benefiting the Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired. She is a former board member of the Junior League of San Francisco and Asian American Recovery Services where she continues to be involved with the organizations' fundraising. Ms. Rischman is also an active fundraiser for Guide Dogs for the Blind, the National Center for Equine Facilitated Therapy as well as numerous other statewide charities.