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Susan Dawson

Partner, Navigant Law

Susan provides legal counsel to the closely held business owner, family run companies, entrepreneurs, and “Version 2.0”* companies regarding all aspects of their business in the aras of business law, employment law, commercial real estate, employment law, intellectual property and business immigration. With over 20-years of legal and entrepreneurial experience of her own, her clients vary from emerging entities just getting established to large organizations with complex needs. 

Susan is AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®, considered the Gold Standard of Attorney ratings, this distinction is based on actual peer reviews and is held by only approximately 10 percent of attorneys nationwide, she also serves on the National Board for the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO). Susan is the recipient of numerous awards, including Chicago’s Notable Women Lawyers 2018 by Crain’s Custom Media. She has also been voted as one of the 10 Best Attorneys for Exceptional and Outstanding Client Service by American Institute of Legal Counsel since 2016 and awarded 2018 Top 10 Employment & Labor Law Attorneys for Client Satisfaction by the American Jurist Institute.

Susan's main areas of expertise are:

  • Contracts (supply chain, vendors, manufacturers)
  • Business expansion and IP
  • Employment Law


Legal considerations related to entity formation and asset protection strategies for growing companies.Legal considerations when negotiating supply chain contracts.Establishing policies and procedures for employees.