Brown Law Group |San Diego, CA
Chief Talent Officer
Partner,  June 2011 to Present


Suzanne K. Roten focuses her practice on labor and employment law. She advises management on federal and state employment law compliance. She defends employers against claims of discrimination, wrongful discharge, sexual harassment, retaliation and wage and hour disputes in state and federal courts and before governmental agencies. Suzanne has expertise in the area of disability discrimination and reasonable accommodation, and in public accommodation compliance under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act. She also provides assistance with executive employment contracts, arbitration agreements and confidentiality agreements.


Suzanne’s clients include large and small employers, private sector businesses and non-profit corporations. She also represents public sector employers, including representing a large federal agency in employee disciplinary appeal proceedings and in discrimination charges brought by federal employees before the EEOC.


Wimberly Lawson Wright Daves & Jones, PLLC
Knoxville, TN
Senior Associate, November 2001 to June 2011


Ms. Roten practiced at Tennessee’s preeminent management-side labor and employment law firm, defending clients in employment discrimination and wrongful discharge lawsuits and before the EEOC, DOL, and the Tennessee Human Rights Commission. She also provided advice and training to clients on employment law matters. Ms. Roten also advised clients with facilities in California on California employment law, including providing mandatory sexual harassment training for supervisors in California in 2005.

Ms. Roten was appointed by the Mayor of Knoxville to serve on the City of Knoxville Civil Service Merit Board from 2009-2011, where she participated in the review of personnel issues and employment policies for the City of Knoxville.


Heller Ehrman White & McAuliffe, LLP
Palo Alto and Menlo Park, CA
Associate/Special Counsel, November 1990 to September 2001


Suzanne practiced in the Labor & Employment Group defending clients in employment-related claims in federal and California state courts, the EEOC, DFEH and DLSE. She also counseled clients on employment law matters and provided management training on employment law issues.


Pre-Law Experience:

University of San Diego and University of California
San Diego, CA
Librarian, 1979-1987

Prior to attending law school, Suzanne managed departments and branches in her earlier career as a librarian. This experience provides her with insight into the challenges faced by supervisors and managers in navigating the requirements of state and federal employment law.


Press & Media:

Suzanne has been a frequent speaker on employment law and related topics. She has published articles on these subjects in the Knoxville Business Journal, the San Diego Business Journal, the Los Angeles Daily Journal, and Dicta (journal of the Knoxville Bar Association), including “Dodging Peer Review: Employment Arbitration Agreements” (Los Angeles Daily Journal, May 2012), and “Social Media Policy Can Stumble Over Words,” (San Diego Business Journal, March 2012).

Community Involvement:

Suzanne is a member of the San Diego County Bar Association, Lawyers Club of San Diego, and the Knoxville Bar Association. She served on the Knoxville Bar Association Publications Committee from 2008-2011, and she authored the monthly “Management Counsel” column for the Bar Association’s journal. She was awarded the Knoxville Bar Association’s 2010 Dicta Award for outstanding writing. Suzanne was appointed by the Mayor of Knoxville to serve on the City of Knoxville Civil Service Merit Board from 2009-2011.

Personal Service:

Suzanne actively supports Habitat for Humanity, and she volunteered on the building crews for two homes in Knoxville. She is also active in her home community of Ocean Beach, where she participates in community clean-up projects. Suzanne also actively supports the San Diego Zoo, the San Diego Humane Society, and the UCLA School of Law.


Bar and Court Admissions:

U.S.D.C. Southern District of California
U.S.D.C. Central District of California
U.S.D.C. Northern District of California
U.S.D.C. Eastern District of California
U.S.D.C. Middle District of Tennessee
U.S.D.C. Eastern District of Tennessee



University of California Los Angeles School of Law
Los Angeles, CA, J.D. 1990
Activities: Member, UCLA Law Review, 1988-90
Chief Managing Editor, Law Review, 1989-90
Teaching Assistant, Legal Research & Writing, 1989-90

University of California Berkeley, School of Library & Information Sciences
Berkeley, CA, M.L.S. 1978

University of California San Diego
San Diego, CA, B.A. (Honors) English and American Literature, Political Science minor, 1970