Suzanne M. Arpin, Partner
20+ Years of Practice Experience
Suzanne’s practice covers a broad range of corporate and transactional law, with a focus on employment law matters including employee benefits, executive compensation, ERISA litigation, and executive compensation program implementation. Suzanne works on:
- Executive Employment and Severance Agreements
- Government Audits
- Dispute Resolution
- General Corporate Transactional and Commercial Contract Work
- Affirmative Action
- Equity Compensation
- Forming and Dissolving Corporate Entities
- Resolving Corporate Disputes
Broad Legal Perspective
Suzanne’s legal experience includes working both at a large international law firm based in New York and in the legal department of Delta Airlines. In these positions, Suzanne has experienced firsthand the role of both lawyer and client to address Corporate, Employment and ERISA matters, including general corporate compliance, corporate dispute resolution, ERISA litigation (including disability benefit and qualified retirement plan disputes), employment and employee benefits matters (including matters arising under incentive and equity-based executive compensation plans, and retirement and welfare benefit plans), and compliance audits by the IRS and Department of Labor.
Before private practice, Suzanne served as a judicial clerk to the Supreme Court of the State of Connecticut for the Honorable Robert I. Berdon and the Honorable Joette Katz.
A Commitment to Giving Back-Pro Bono Work
Suzanne has a passion for using her legal skills to help others. Since 1992, she has advised and supported the legal efforts of human and civil rights organizations, and has assisted many employees who could not have otherwise afforded an attorney with employment and benefits-related problems. Suzanne has also served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for Fulton County as a Guardian Ad Litem for children who may be taken from their parents due to abuse or neglect. She also provided legal representation for children charged with truancy, working exclusively with Spanish-speaking families for the Truancy Intervention Program of Fulton County.
Among her other pro bono work, Suzanne has served as legal counsel to Harlem Children’s Zone, a non-profit organization that provides multiple programs for children and parents living in the Harlem neighborhood of New York, and to International Crisis Group, a non-profit that provides intervention and support to nations and populations in crisis. Suzanne was also part of the Shearman & Sterling 9/11 Initiative from 2001 to 2004, where she worked with two Spanish-speaking families to recover their entitlement from the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund.
Outside of the Office
Suzanne lived in Ecuador, South America for ten years before attending law school and speaks, writes and reads fluent Spanish. She is an active volunteer in matters of interest to Ecuador and recently provided assistance to those affected by the April 2016 earthquake that struck that nation.
Admitted: Georgia, Connecticut and New York
Education: University of Connecticut School of Law, J.D., with honors; member, Connecticut Journal of International Law and Connecticut Moot Court Board. University of North Florida, B.B.A. Accounting, cum laude. Jacksonville University, B.A. Leiden University, Leiden, The Netherlands – Completion of Courses in European Union Law
Member: State Bars of Georgia, Connecticut and New York
Languages: Fluent in Spanish