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Suzanne E. Rode

Phone: +1 415.365.7276
3 Embarcadero Center, 26th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111

Suzanne Rode is a counsel in Crowell & Moring's San Francisco office where she practices in the firm's Litigation and Labor & Employment groups. Suzanne litigates a variety of complex matters, with a focus on employment disputes and representing higher education institutions. She has significant litigation experience ranging from pre-suit risk assessment to dispositive motion practice to trial and appeal, and defending employers from complaints filed with governmental agencies.

Representative Engagements Include:

  • Defended a major university in connection with retaliation claims by a former employee, prevailing on summary judgment. 
  • Successfully defended administrative complaints filed by former employee with the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
  • Represented a major university in litigation brought by multiple former employees alleging discrimination and harassment, resulting in a confidential settlement.
  • Represented major retailer in dispute regarding exclusive clause in leases at shopping center.  Prevailed on liability issue at trial and obtained damages on appeal.
  • Represented a start-up semiconductor company in trade secrets litigation against former employees and their new company resulting in a confidential settlement.
  • Defended a major health care organization in class action litigation in federal and state courts arising out of alleged loss of protected health information.
  • Represented Plaintiffs Sears, Macy's, Abercrombie & Fitch, and Express in litigation stemming from a devastating fire at the Roseville Galleria, an upscale shopping center operated by Westfield in Northern California.
  • Obtained a preliminary injunction for a major car rental company against an online travel agency after a two-week evidentiary hearing.

Suzanne has a pro bono practice focused on immigration. She has represented individuals in applications for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, T visa based on status as a victim of human trafficking, and asylum.

Prior to joining Crowell & Moring, Suzanne was an associate with the San Francisco firm, Folger Levin & Kahn LLP. She received her law degree, with honors, from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 2007, where she served as executive editor for the Hastings International and Comparative Law Review. While in law school she interned at the San Francisco Office of the City Attorney and worked on the City's constitutional challenge to discriminatory marriage laws in California.


  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D., cum laude
  • University of California, Santa Barbara, B.A., high honors


Admitted to practice: California 


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"DOL Releases its "Joint Employer" Final Rule," Labor & Employment Law Alert - US (January 15, 2020). Contacts: Andrew W. Bagley, Thomas P. Gies, Ira M. Saxe, Suzanne E. Rode
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Federal Courts Block Implementation of Two New California Statutes to Kick Off the New Year," Labor & Employment Law Alert - US (January 3, 2020). Contacts: Thomas P. Gies, Ira M. Saxe, Suzanne E. Rode, Jillian Ambrose
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"New York State Expands Employer Obligations and Liability for Workplace Harassment," (August 15, 2019). Contacts: Ellen Moran Dwyer, Trina Fairley Barlow, Rebecca Monck Ricigliano, Eric Su, Ira M. Saxe, Suzanne E. Rode
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"Third Thursday--C&M’s June Labor & Employment Update: Supreme Court Watch 2019 – A Recap and a Look Forward," Crowell & Moring Webinar (June 20, 2019). Presenters: Thomas P. Gies, David McFarlane, Suzanne Rode, and Jillian Ambrose.
"A Nail in the Coffin? Another California District Court Finds That Employee Non-Solicitation Agreements Are Void Under California Law," Labor & Employment Law Alert - US (May 9, 2019). Contacts: Thomas P. Gies, Suzanne E. Rode
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"Ninth Circuit Determines That Dynamex Independent Contractor Test Applies Retroactively," Labor & Employment Law Alert - US (May 3, 2019). Contacts: Thomas P. Gies, Kris D. Meade, Suzanne E. Rode
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"Third Thursday--C&M’s February Labor & Employment Update: New Year, New Look at the Enforceability of Employee No-Solicitation Agreements -- State Law Developments," Crowell & Moring Webinar (February 28, 2019). Presenters: Thomas P. Gies, Suzanne E. Rode, Andrew W. Bagley, and Christine B. Hawes.
"Blame the Cell Phone: California Appellate Court Holds that Calling in Constitutes 'Reporting for Work' Under Wage Order," Labor & Employment Law Alert - US (February 20, 2019). Contacts: Thomas P. Gies, Suzanne E. Rode
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Crowell & Moring Elects Six New Partners and Promotes Eight Associates to Counsel (Jan.02.2015)
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