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Susan J. Walsh

  • Partner


New York, NY





Susan J. Walsh has more than 20 years of trial and appellate experience in her criminal practice zealously defending clients ensnared in the criminal justice system in matters that range from complex white collar business crimes, including fraud and embezzlement, to murder and narcotics conspiracies. In addition to numerous day-to-day successes that have been unreported, Susan had the unprecedented success of securing commutations for seven of eight clemency petitions she filed under the Obama administration.  NYSACDL recognized her for this incredible work in 2018.  In 2020, Susan had a conviction reversed and vacated by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in the matter of the United States v. Nolan, --F3d .--, 2020 WL 1870140 (2d Cir. April 15, 2020) by convincing the Court that the trial lawyer was ineffective for, among other things, failing to employ the use of an expert on the issue of eyewitness testimony.  This was a groundbreaking victory that sets the stage for potential appeals for many defendants in the future.  Susan has been named one of Twelve Top Women NY METRO Criminal Defense Lawyers, and serves as the defense liaison to the ABA”s Sentencing Standards Committee.  In 2019, Susan was appointed to serve as the Second Circuit Representative to the Practitioners Advisory Group of the United States Sentencing Commission. 

Since joining Vladeck Raskin & Clark, P.C. almost ten years ago, Susan has parlayed her courtroom advocacy as a criminal defense lawyer into representing the victims of unfair employment practices and discrimination.  Her civil practice in the employment arena includes prosecuting gender, age and disability discrimination cases, among others, in state and federal arenas. Utilizing her trial skills and her advocacy to resolve complex disputes in employment negotiations and employment discrimination cases, Susan also is an advocate for resolution short of litigation on some matters and advises clients on separation, severance and non-competes.   Susan is proud to teach all of these advocacy skills to lawyers of the future as an Adjunct Professor at New York Law School since 2005.

Year Joined Firm

  • 2011

Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Defense
  • Employment Law
  • Security Fraud Allegations
  • Racketeering
  • Money-Laundering
  • Murder
  • Narcotics
  • Larceny
  • DWI
  • Corruption Charges

Bar Admissions

  • Colorado
  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • The George Washington University Law School, Washington, District of Columbia
    • J.D.
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Honors: Honors Graduate
  • Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts
    • B.A.
    • Honors: cum laude


  • Adjunct Professor of Law in Advance Criminal Trial Advocacy, New York Law School since 2005

Honors and Awards

  • "Super Lawyer" Criminal Defense
  • Named One of Twelve Top Women NY METRO Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers - One of Its Top 100 Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers in New York

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • S.D.N.Y., Criminal Justice Act Panel Attorney
  • New York State Criminal Defense Association, Board of Directors
  • Task Force on Federal Indigent Defense, NACDL, Member, 2014
  • Executive Committee NY State Bar Association Criminal Justice Section, Member
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member
  • Women's Bar Association of the State of New York, Member
  • New York County Lawyers Association, Past Board Member and Officer
  • Irish American Bar Association of New York