Susan Pangborn litigates employment disputes and counsels clients on a variety of employment-related issues. Ms. Pangborn has represented employers in class actions, as well as multi-plaintiff and single-plaintiff litigation. She has successfully defended discrimination and wage-hour claims under federal and state statutes in more than 100 cases before both administrative agencies and courts across the United States. She has won jury trials and numerous cases brought in federal and state courts on summary judgment. Ms. Pangborn also represents employers in arbitrations brought under both collective bargaining agreements and alternative dispute resolution provisions.

In addition, Ms. Pangborn provides practical guidance to employers on employment-related issues, including wage-hour compliance, discrimination issues arising under federal and state statutes, and strategies for handling employee complaints, performance issues, and terminations. She partners with clients to ensure they understand how changes in applicable state and federal laws affect their policies and practices. She has assisted clients in structuring and implementing reorganizations and force reductions affecting employees across several states, and in exploring cost-saving alternatives to reductions-in-force. Ms. Pangborn also assists clients in conducting effective workplace investigations of harassment complaints and provides appropriate follow-up training.

Ms. Pangborn also focuses her practice on executive agreements and the area of restrictive covenants. She regularly helps employers protect their investment in their people and intellectual property by ensuring that confidentiality, non-competition and non-solicitation agreements comply with applicable state laws. Similarly, she advises clients on the enforceability of such provisions and litigates issues arising from restrictive covenants.

Ms. Pangborn is listed in the 2017 and the six years immediately preceding editions of Chambers USA for Labor & Employment. She was recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® for Management Employment Law and Labor and Employment Litigation in 2018. Ms. Pangborn was named a 2017 Northern California "Super Lawyer" for Employment & Labor and a Georgia "Super Lawyer" in the area of Employment Litigation: Defense in 2016 and the four years prior by Super Lawyers magazine.


  • University of Georgia School of Law, J.D. (1987)
    with honors
  • University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, B.S., Political Science

    magna cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • California (2012)
  • Georgia (1987)

Who We Are

Two Embarcadero Center, Suite 1900
San Francisco, CA, 94111
t +1 415.273.4763
f +1 415.651.9949
Suite 2800, 1100 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, GA, 30309-4528
t +1 404.815.6305
f +1 404.541.3328

Susan W. Pangborn

Experience Highlights

Disability, Age, and Sex Discrimination Litigation Brought by Human Resources Professional
Represented a major defense contractor in a case that involved allegations brought by a current human resources professional of discrimination and more
Bolt-On Acquisition of Medical Device Manufacturer
Represented French private equity fund sponsor and its portfolio company, a Franco-American manufacturer of surgical devices, in the leveraged more
Employment Class Action against Publicly Traded Manufacturing Company
Represented company in a large California employment class action in California Superior Court, defending claims of unpaid meal breaks, improper more
Age discrimination litigation against California energy-efficient consulting and software firm
Represented a California-based company in litigation filed in the Middle District of Tennessee by a former employee who claimed that he was more