Susan Leader

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

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Avenue of the Stars 1999
Los Angeles 90067 CA US

Susan Kay Leader brings intense focus and well-honed trial skills to bear in sophisticated, highly consequential litigation and arbitration. Her clients cover a wide range of sectors, including telecommunications, media, entertainment, energy, retail, hospitality and aerospace.

Susan has litigated and tried bet-the-company cases in federal and state courts and has deep experience in major arbitration, handling matters from prefiling through trial and posttrial and motion. She is a sought-after instructor in trial advocacy, frequently lecturing in southern California and overseas.


  • Clients include global players in the media, telecommunications, hospitality and energy sectors.
  • First chaired more than a dozen trials, arbitrations and international arbitrations in complex, high-stakes commercial matters.
  • Instructor in trial advocacy skills in California and abroad.

Representative Work:

  • Representing a Chinese company engaged in film financing, distribution and production in various disputes related to film production. These include an engagement relating to a joint production agreement for a Chinese film. Achieved a favorable result and an award of significant damages to the client.
  • Representing a lifestyle and entertainment brand in a litigation against a cryptocurrency technology company alleging fraud, breach of contract and unauthorized use of intellectual property.
  • Serving as litigation panel counsel for a large oil refinery company in a variety of disputes, including those related to the Petroleum Franchise Act and breach-of-contract litigation.
  • Representing a premier hotel owner and developer in litigation against unions alleging RICO, Sherman Act and Labor Management Relations Act violations based on a pattern of sham litigation, extortion, threats and intimidation.
  • Counseling a leading telecommunications company in various employment-related matters, including an employment class action suit alleging independent contractor misclassification.
  • Advising a large film distribution company in connection with various litigation matters ranging from alleged discrimination, fraud and breach-of-contract matters to disputes related to the rights of film projects.

Affiliations :

  • Instructor, one-week pilot program in trial advocacy, Public Defender’s Office, Lagos Nigeria.
  • Current Treasurer, Association of Business Trial Lawyers.
  • Member, Complex Court Committee, Los Angeles County Bar Association.
  • Member, Board of Directors, Western Center on Law & Poverty.


  • J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 2001
  • B.A., Vanderbilt University, magna cum laude, 1997

Bar Admissions:

  • California



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