Susan Poll Klaessy is a partner and commercial litigator with Foley & Lardner LLP, who concentrates her practice in bankruptcy and insolvency matters, fiduciary liability, debtors’ and creditors’ rights, corporate dissolution, fraud, corporate governance disputes and complex business litigation. She has represented debtors, creditors and other stakeholders in restructurings, liquidations and other distressed situations. Additionally, Susan is an experienced trial counsel and has litigated numerous business disputes, including class action cases, arbitrations, appeals and other high-stakes corporate disputes across a wide range of industries.
Susan is also an adjunct law professor at Loyola University Chicago School of Law.
Prior to law school, Susan worked for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Banking and Financial Services and the City of Chicago Department of Law.
* Certain of these matters were handled prior to joining Foley
Susan has been peer review rated as AV Preeminent®, the highest performance rating in the Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ system. She was also selected for inclusion in the 2020, 2021 and 2022 Super Lawyers® list and 2014-2019 Super Lawyers® Rising Stars lists. Susan was also recognized as an “Emerging Lawyer in Illinois” in 2018 and 2021 in a survey of her peers by Leading LawyersSM.
Speaking Engagements and Publications
Speaker, “Reconsidering Value Allocation: Tools for Junior Stakeholders,” American Bankruptcy Institute Annual Spring Meeting (April 30, 2022)
Co-author, “Supreme Court TCPA News: Government Debt Collectors Beware and Autodialers Under Review” Consumer Class Defense Counsel (July 23, 2020)
Susan is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI), Turnaround Management Association (TMA), International Women’s Insolvency Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC), Chicago Bar Association and Illinois State Bar Association. She also volunteers her time as an ambassador for the Lymphoma Research Foundation, and an instructor with Credit Abuse Resistance Education (CARE). Additionally, Susan serves as a member of the board of directors for the Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice.
Susan earned her law degree from Loyola University Chicago School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2009) where she was senior editor of the Public Interest Law Reporter. She was the recipient of several awards, including a Certificate in Trial Advocacy and Pro Bono Recognition Award. Susan earned a degree in political science and philosophy from the University of Iowa (B.A., 2000).
Susan is admitted in Illinois, the District of Columbia and Virginia. She is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Western and Eastern Districts of Virginia, Northern District of Illinois (including the Federal Trial Bar) and Eastern District of Michigan; the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois and Eastern District of Virginia; the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and the Federal Circuit; the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and the U.S. Supreme Court.