Susan E. Pravda is a business lawyer and the managing partner of the Boston office of Foley & Lardner LLP. Susan’s practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, venture capital, initial public offerings, and related securities transactions. She is a member of the firm’s Private Equity & Venture Capital and Transactional & Securities Practices and the Health Care, Food & Beverage, and Energy Industry Teams. Susan serves as chief strategic talent acquisition partner for the firm and is a managing director of Foley Ventures LLC, a venture capital fund. She chaired the Technology Industry Team for 10 years from 2004 to 2014 and served on the firm’s national management committee from 2009 to 2016.
Susan represents high-growth and emerging businesses, including companies in the telecommunications, Internet, software, wireless and service industries, as well as health care IT, life science and biotechnology companies, from start-ups to public companies.
Susan also frequently acts as special mergers and acquisitions counsel for private and public companies in the manufacturing, service, distribution, technology, health care, life science and pharma sectors, including buyers, sellers and management groups. She advises clients with respect to valuation issues, stockholder relationships and incentive compensation plans.
Susan lectures frequently to businessmen/ businesswomen and professionals on buying and selling companies and is a frequent keynote presenter for Vistage International meetings nationwide. Her articles on mergers and acquisitions, creative financing tools, and negotiating techniques appear in a variety of business publications. Susan's extensive knowledge as a negotiator of mergers and acquisitions is highlighted in the book, "Swim with the Dolphins: How Women Can Succeed in Corporate America on Their Own Terms," by Connie Glaser and Barbara Steinberg Smalley.
Susan has been Peer Review Rated as AV Preeminent®, the highest performance rating in the Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ system. Since 2004, Susan has been selected annually in the Massachusetts Super Lawyers® list, an honor received by only 5% of Massachusetts attorneys. She also appears in the Top 50 Female Massachusetts Super Lawyers® list for 2007. She has been selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the field of Mergers and Acquisitions Law (2007-2021). In 2010 and 2012 – 2016, The Legal 500 recognized Susan for her work with mergers and acquisitions and venture capital and emerging companies. She has also been selected for inclusion in the Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America and Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2010 – 2017) for her work in venture capital investment. She was recognized by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly as a Top Women in Law Honoree for her outstanding accomplishments in the practice of law (2010).
Susan is a director of the Boston Public Library Foundation and serves on the boards of a number of technology, life science and manufacturing companies.
Admissions and Professional Memberships
Susan is admitted to practice in Massachusetts and New York. She is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association and Boston Bar Association, where she was co-chair of the Mergers & Acquisitions Committee.