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Susan M. Freeman


Current Position

Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP
201 E Washington Street
Suite 1200
Phoenix, AZ 85004-2595

Tel: 602-262-5756
Fax: 602-734-3824

Class: IV (1993)Circuit: Ninth


University of Edinburgh, non-matriculate (1970-71)
Mount Holyoke College, B.A. (with Distinction), Sarah Williston Scholar (1972)
New York University School of Law, J.D., Root-Tilden Snow Scholar (1975)

Professional Career

Partner, Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP (and prior Lewis Roca firms) (1975-present)


American Bar Association, Business Bankruptcy Committee, Chair of Committee 2017-2020 and former Chair or Co-Chair of Subcommittees: Secured Creditors, Chapter 11, Programs & Publications, Professional Ethics
American Bankruptcy Institute, Member of the ABI National Ethics Task Force; Member of ABI Advisory Committee on Executory Contracts and Leases to the ABI Commission to Study the Reform of Chapter 11
Arizona State Bar Association: Bankruptcy Section, Certified Specialist in Bankruptcy Law (1987-)
American Law Institute, Former Board of Advisors on Restatement (Third) of Restitution (1993-)
American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, President 2017, former Treasurer, Secretary, Vice-Chair and Director (1995-)
National Bankruptcy Conference, Conferee (2017-)


"Lower Bucks Hospital: Requirements for Indenture Trustee Settlements in Bankruptcy Cases" American Bankers Association Trust Letter January 2013 Co-author
"Are DIP and Committee Counsel Fiduciaries for Their Clients' Constituents or the Bankruptcy Estate? What is a Fiduciary Anyway?" 17 ABI L. Rev. 291 Winter 2009 Author
"The Scope of Bankruptcy Ancillary Jurisdiction after Katz as Informed by Pre-Katz Ancillary Jurisdiction Cases," 15 ABI L.Rev. 155 Spring 2007 Author
"Ethical Responsibilities," Chapter 172, Norton Bankruptcy Law & Practice Ed. Author Thompson West
"§1110 is Amended on its Own," Norton Bankruptcy Law Adviser July 2000 Author
"Ethical Guidelines for Representing Debtors and Debtors in Possession," Annual Survey of Bankruptcy Law 1987 Author
Norton Institutes on Bankruptcy Law Faculty annual speaking and writing commitments since 1988
"Amending §1110 for the Millennium," Leader's Equipment Leasing Newsletter May & June 2000 Author
"Considering Ethics in Commercial Transactions," 17 ALI-ABA Course Materials Journal 79 1992 Co-author
Current Developments in Bankruptcy Preference Law, PLI Current Developments in Bankruptcy and Reorganization 1991 Co-author
Remedies in Proceeding Under the Federal Bankruptcy Code, Arizona Civil Remedies Handbook State Bar of Arizona 1991 Supp. Co-author
"Qualification to Serve as DIP Counsel - The Recent Cases," Annual Survey of Bankruptcy Law 1990 Author
"Disclosure Flaws Fatal to Planned Indenture Trustee Release" ABI Journal September 2012 Author
"Supreme Court's Hall v. United States Ruling Has Significant Impact" Bloomberg BNA June 2012 Author
"Debtors in Distress: When Can You Sue for Emotional Injury?" Norton's Annual Survey of Bankruptcy Law 2011 Edition Author
Civil Appeals, Arizona Appellate Handbook State Bar of Arizona 1976 and bi-annual supplements to present Co-author


Listed in Best Lawyers in America, since 1989 in the categories of Appellate Law, Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law, and Bankruptcy Litigation; "Lawyer of the Year" 2015 ed. In Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, 2013 ed. In Bankruptcy Litigation, 2012 ed. in Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights and Insolvency and Reorganization
Listed in Southwest SuperLawyers, Top 50 Lawyers in Arizona since 2007, and Top 25 Female Attorney in 2013 and 2015
Maricopa County Bar Association, Hall of Fame (2015)
Mount Holyoke College, Alumnae Achievement Award (2017)