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Suzanne E. Rode


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.

Suzanne also investigates and advises clients on pre-litigation employment issues, including complaints of discrimination and harassment and retaliation, employee discipline and termination, and employee mobility and non-competition issues. She provides advice to employers on the implementation and enforcement of personnel policies, and reviews and drafts various employment agreements to protect her clients’ business and legal interests.  

Representative Engagements

  • Represented a public university in a novel constitutional case, defeating a motion for preliminary injunction that sought to halt the university’s policy requiring all students, employees, and faculty on campus to receive a flu vaccine.
  • Defended a major university in connection with retaliation and whistleblower claims by a former employee, prevailing on summary judgment and on appeal.
  • 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. 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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"California Requires Disclosure of Pay Scales in Job Postings and Significant New Pay Data Reporting," Labor & Employment Law Alert - US (September 28, 2022). Contacts: Kris D. Meade, Rebecca L. Springer, Christopher J. Banks, Suzanne E. Rode
Client Alert / Newsletter
"California Implements Greater Restrictions on Employee Settlement, Separation and Other Employment Agreements," Labor & Employment Law Alert - US (October 21, 2021). Contacts: Ira M. Saxe, Trina Fairley Barlow, Rebecca L. Springer, Eric Su, Suzanne E. Rode, Kimberley Johnson
Client Alert / Newsletter
"The U.S. Department of Labor Repeals Trump-Era Independent Contractor Rule," Administrative Law Alert (May 10, 2021). Contacts: Thomas P. Gies, Ira M. Saxe, Eric Su, Andrew W. Bagley, Suzanne E. Rode
Client Alert / Newsletter
"CDC Issues New Guidance for Fully Vaccinated Individuals," Labor & Employment Law Alert - US (May 3, 2021). Contacts: Thomas P. Gies, Eric Su, Katie Erno, Suzanne E. Rode, Jessica S. Nam
Client Alert / Newsletter
"New California Law Requires Re-Hiring of Laid-off Hospitality and Business Services Workers for Open Positions Through 2024," Labor & Employment Law Alert - US (April 28, 2021). Contacts: Thomas P. Gies, Kris D. Meade, Ira M. Saxe, Eric Su, Suzanne E. Rode, Kimberley Johnson
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Labor & Employment in the US: New Administration, New Priorities," Crowell & Moring Webinar (April 22, 2021). Presenters: Glenn D. Grant, Christine B. Hawes, Suzanne E. Rode, and Kimberley Johnson.
"California Enacts Supplemental COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave, Which Includes Vaccination-Related Absences," Labor & Employment Law Alert - US (March 23, 2021). Contacts: Thomas P. Gies, Ira M. Saxe, Suzanne E. Rode, Kimberley Johnson
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Cal/OSHA Enforcement of the COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard Coming Down the Pipeline: Employers Should Be Prepared Now," Administrative Law Alert (March 4, 2021). Contacts: Thomas P. Gies, Richard McNeil, Ira M. Saxe, Katie Erno, Suzanne E. Rode, Daniel W. Wolff
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Part 2 - Higher Education and the Biden Administration’s Priorities: Are there significant changes ahead?" Crowell & Moring Webinar (February 16, 2021). Presenters: Kate M. Growley, Laurel Pyke Malson, Preston L. Pugh, Tyler A. O'Connor, Suzanne E. Rode, and Eli Berns-Zieve.
College Students Among Last On List for COVID Vaccines Voice of America (February 15, 2021)
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