Suzette J. Barnes

Senior Associate

San Francisco

Suzette Barnes is a senior associate in Orrick’s San Francisco office and a member of the Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution group.

Her practice focuses on the representation of major financial institutions, corporations, and individuals in securities and complex commercial actions, regulatory investigations, and internal investigations.

At Orrick, Suzette serves as the co-chair of the San Francisco office’s Diversity Committee and a member of the firm’s Summer Associate Committee.  Additionally, Suzette devotes a portion of her practice to providing pro bono services to homeless individuals seeking the resolution of open warrants, low income individuals seeking criminal record remedies (including expungements), asylum seekers, and veterans seeking VA benefits. 

Suzette is a Board member for the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area (“LCCR”), one of the Bay Area’s preeminent non-profit organizations working to protect and promote the dignity and self-determination of people of color, immigrants and low-income people in California.  She also serves as the Vice President of the Black Women Lawyers Association of Northern California.

Prior to joining Orrick, Suzette was a litigation fellow in the Office of General Counsel for The Regents of the University of California, where she litigated commercial, probate and mandamus actions.

  • Suzette's recent engagements also include:

    • Defending an investment bank in a New York state court trial against monoline insurer seeking nine-figure judgment in connection with financial guarantees covering residential mortgage-backed securitizations
    • Representing an investment bank and a loan servicer in multiple court actions initiated by certificate holders of residential mortgage-backed securities alleging securities and common law fraud and breach of contract claims
    • Representing a relief defendant LLC and its managers in a $110 million federal securities fraud action involving EB-5 investments, and preventing multiple attempts to impose liability on the LLC and its managers
    • Representing a corporation and its owner in a California state court action initiated by international plaintiffs alleging fraud, breach of contract, and breach of fiduciary duty claims
    • Representing a payment service provider in a series of federal securities class and derivative actions
    • Conducting a corporate internal investigation into allegations about compliance issues at a Fortune 100 company
    • Representing a technology company in connection with regulatory and internal investigations related to its product lines and revenue recognition practices