Suzanne E. Rischman is a trial attorney specializing in toxic tort, asbestos, construction, 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, construction, fraud, equine law, sexual harassment, white collar and criminal defense.
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.
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 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.
In addition to her community and civic activities, she is a member of the California Alumni Association, the United States Equestrian Federation, the Pacific Coast Horseman's Association, Norcal Hunter Jumper Association and the California Professional Horseman's Association.