Susan G. Bluer, Esq.

sgbluer@bluerlaw.com

For over 25 years, Susan G. Bluer has practiced employment law in California. Her strong employer-side background includes a dozen years in major Los Angeles and San Francisco law firms as well as in-house corporate experience. She has tried cases before juries in both state and federal courts and has represented many clients through Alternative Dispute Resolution in arbitration and mediation.

Susan’s solid employer-side background is her biggest asset when she represents individual employees. This experience allows Susan to quickly assess the strengths and weaknesses of potential cases and to give her clients solutions that are practical and realistic. Often, she is able to resolve a case prior to filing a lawsuit through well-reasoned demand letters and negotiations. Those cases that go to litigation are handled aggressively and strategically through resolution.

 

Susan G. Bluer’s Clients

Susan enjoys representing clients from a variety of backgrounds. While many of her clients are individuals who hold mid and senior level management or professional positions, she also represents clients with less education who in many instances are more vulnerable to employer abuses. Some of her clients are located out of state or, in some instances, out of the country, but rely on Susan to provide reliable advice and counsel on their California employment law concerns.

Susan also has a number of small business and non-profit clients who trust her perspective and appreciate her no nonsense approach to resolving employee disputes without protracted litigation wherever possible.

Here are some excerpts from a few client “Thank-you” notes:

“This was the first time I retained a lawyer, and although I was a bit hesitant at first, your clear and thorough explanation of how these types of cases generally play out, and of what I could likely expect to happen in my particular situation, put me at ease and gave me the confidence to proceed.”

“I just want to thank you for being such a great lawyer. I couldn’t do this without your help.”

“The fact that you were able to secure a favorable resolution to an impossible situation still amazes me. As important though was the support and unwavering commitment you provided through a very difficult time. You are my hero!”

“I just wanted to drop you a quick note to thank you for all of your help negotiating my severance agreement and contract. I have such peace of mind moving forward with my freelance work, and it was great to get some extra money from my former employer while ending my relationship with the company on a relatively positive note.”

“Thanks for taking care of our needs so quickly and professionally. We are fortunate to have you for our legal needs!”

Professional Activities (partial list):

  • Bar Association of San Francisco, Labor Law Referral Panel (2001-Present)
  • BALIF, Chair Judiciary Committee (2009-2013)
  • ACLU, Northern California Lawyers’ Council (1999-2011)
  • California Women Lawyers, Board Member (2001-2003)

Professional Publications:

  • “Eliminating Sexual Orientation Bias,” California Lawyer, June 1998
  • “After Ellen, What Next?: Understanding and Responding to Sexual Orientation Bias in the Workplace,” California Labor and Employment Law Quarterly, Winter 1998

Education

  • J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law (1986)
  • B.A., University of California, Berkeley (1983)