Over the course of her nearly 30 year career, Susan Basinger has acquired extensive experience in litigating personal injury and wrongful death cases; medical and legal malpractice actions; premises and products liability actions; and complex business disputes (including those involving insurance and contract law, fidelity bond issues, and officer and director liability claims).

She has served as senior/trial counsel for such representative clients as FedEx Ground Package Services, Inc.; Fitness Quest, Inc.; Sharp HealthCare; HCR Manor Care; Lloyds of London; and Zurich North America. She also provides extensive legal services and counsel on contested matters to several San Diego County Tribes, including the Pala Band of Mission Indians and the Barona Band of Mission Indians.

Ms. Basinger is frequently called upon to handle cases on behalf of her clients in the pre-litigation stage, and she has had tremendous success in efficiently and cost-effectively resolving the issues and problems her clients face. Her significant analytical skills coupled with her litigation experience has resulted in many long-term client relationships, with her representing some of her clients continuously for nearly 20 years.

She was admitted to the California bar and began her practice in San Diego in 1989, and is also admitted before two United States District Courts and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She is an experienced trial lawyer having tried nearly 20 cases to verdict, plus she has litigated a greater number of binding arbitrations. Previously, Ms. Basinger was admitted to the Ohio bar in 1987, and practiced in Ohio for two years in the areas of corporate, transactional, and securities work.

Teaching Position

  • Adjunct Professor at California Western School of Law, 2015 – Present.

Awards and Recognition

  • Awarded Martindale Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating, Judicial Edition, the highest possible peer review rating in both legal ability and ethical standards, reflecting the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and Judiciary.
  • Recognized as a Top Lawyer in San Diego, each year from 2013 to 2016.
  • Named to Best Lawyers list of the 2016 Lawyers of the Year.

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