HFM Partner Susan Moriarty Hack practices general tort and business litigation.

Ms. Hack primarily handles business disputes, personal injury, premises liability, professional medical and business negligence, and product liability matters. She brings considerable enthusiasm to the practice of law. She is also dedicated to meeting the needs of her clients, as well as raising the standard of practice within HFM and the broader San Diego legal community.

Each year since 2007, Ms. Hack has been named a Business Litigation Southern California SuperLawyer®, an honor limited to no more than five percent of attorneys within California. She has been rated “AV” by Martindale Hubbell™ — earning the highest possible rating for both Legal Ability and Ethical Standards. In 2015, she was named one of the “Top 25 Women of San Diego.”

Following her admission to the State Bar of California, Ms. Hack joined HFM in 1989 and became a partner in 1996. In 2001, she became a part of the Firm’s management when she was appointed as an Executive Partner. In addition, she heads the Firm’s Diversity Committee and the education side of the Firm’s Professional Development Committee.

Ms. Hack has received numerous awards through the years. She is the 2013 recipient of the prestigious Daniel T. Broderick III Award. This award is given to a lawyer in private practice with a substantial body of civil litigation experience, whose word is his or her bond and who epitomizes the highest principles of civility, integrity and professionalism. She is also a 2011 recipient of one of the San Diego County Bar Association’s annual Community Service awards, honored for Service to Legal Education. In 2002, she was a recipient of the YWCA’s Tribute to Women & Industry (TWIN) Award.

In 2013, Ms. Hack was named a Top Attorney in the area of Transportation by San Diego Magazine and she was a recognized as one of San Diego Metropolitan Magazine’s “20 Women Who Impact San Diego,” recognizing outstanding women who contribute to their profession and the community.

In addition to practicing law, Ms. Hack is an Adjunct Professor at the University of San Diego School of Law. She has also been an instructor for CEB’s annual courses “Recent Developments in Tort Litigation” and “Use and Abuse of Interrogatories.” She also serves as an arbitrator for the San Diego County Superior Court.

Ms. Hack is past president of the San Diego Inn of Court, and she is also on the Board of Directors of the American Inns of Court (Enright Inn). She is also a past President of that organization, which works to create an atmosphere of camaraderie among lawyers and judges. She also serves as a mentor to new lawyers within HFM, and she mentors law students and new lawyers for the Lawyers Club.

In addition to Ms. Hack’s activities in the legal community, she dedicates time to contributing to the community at large. She is a former board member of FAME, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the public education/schools in her family’s residential community in many areas, including technology. She has also served on the “Bike-A-Thon” committee for the Magdalena Ecke YMCA. This is an annual 12-hour event and is part of the Magdalena Ecke Y’s Annual Giving Campaign, which raises money for underprivileged children attending summer camp.

Awards & Honors

  • San Diego Metropolitan Magazine Women Who Impact the City
  • San Diego Super Lawyer (2007-2019)
  • Daniel T. Broderick III Professionalism and Civility Award (Consumer Attorneys of San Diego)
  • Community Service Award, Service to Education (San Diego County Bar Association)
  • YWCA’s Tribute to Women & Industry (TWIN) Award
  • "AV Preeminent” by Martindale Hubbell™
  • Top 25 Women of San Diego


  • State Bar of California
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • Lawyers Club
  • American Inns of Court (Master, Enright Inn) (President 2012-2014; Board of Directors, 2005- present)
  • San Diego Inn of Court (President 2009; Board of Directors, 2005-2015)
  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers
  • Litigation Counsel of America (Fellow)
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Association of Southern California Defense Counsel
  • Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce
  • Friends of Aviara Maintaining Excellence in Education (Board of Directors, 2009-2015)
  • Tom Homann LGBT Law Association
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