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Suzanne Whitehead
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Suzanne Whitehead is a Partner at Zelle McDonough & Cohen.  She joined the firm as an associate after working for the firm during law school as a law clerk.  Suzanne litigates matters involving complex insurance disputes, civil disputes, unfair business conduct, employment practices, contractual disputes, investment fraud, construction disputes, and Americans with Disabilities Act claims.  Additionally, her practice involves advising and representing insurers in insurance coverage disputes relating to general liability and professional liability policies. 

Suzanne serves as an Editor for the Defense Research Institute (DRI) Covered Events publication. Suzanne will serve as a member of DRI's Young Lawyers Steering Committee for 2015-2016 and will chair the Publications Subcommittee.

Suzanne presented on a panel at the ABA Women in Insurance Network in Chicago (October 2013) on The Top Ten Ways the Virtual World Rocks the Real World: Insurance Issues Arising Out of #Cyberinsurance and #PrivacyInsurance.

Suzanne volunteers for the Volunteer Lawyers Project and her pro bono work involves representing clients in divorce, child support, and guardianship matters. 

Suzanne graduated from Boston University School of Law in May 2009.  At Boston University, she was an Articles Editor for the Boston University International Law Journal and Treasurer of the Women's Law Association.  She graduated from Providence College summa cum laude in 2006.  Suzanne is admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the State of new York, the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts and the Uniter States District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Recent Publications and Presentations

January 2016 - Suzanne Whitehead was a Regional Editor for the Defense Research Institute's Duty to defend Compendium 2016 Edition.

January 2016 - "Disclosure from Defense Counsel May Yield Estoppel and Bad Faith Claims," written with Tony Zelle, was published in the Defense Research Institiute's The Voice.

November 2015 - Suzanne Whitehead was a Co-Editor in Chief for the Defense Research Institute's Bad Faith Compendium 2015 Edition.

March 2014 - Suzanne Whitehead was co-author of Chapter 19 - Cyberliability for the Defense Research Institute's Coverage B/Personal and Advertising Injury Compendium 2014 Edition.

August 2013 - "Fine-Tuning What Constitutes a Professional Service under Liability Policies," written with Mark Cohen and Rina Carmel, was published in the Defense Research Institute (DRI) Insurance Law Committee's Covered Events.

March 2013 - "Thirteen Ways to Take Initiative in 2013,"  was published in the March 1, 2013 edition of  The Whisper,  the newsletter of the Young Lawyers Committee of the Defense Research Institute (DRI).

November 2012 - Suzanne Whitehead served as the Associate Editor in Chief for the Defense Research Institute's "Professional Liability Insurance Coverage: A Compendium of State Law."  The Compendium summarizes significant law concerning professional liability insurance and claims-made coverage issues. This two volume publication includes approximately 1,750 cases.  Suzanne also served as the Rhode Island state author.

July 2011 - Suzanne Young Whitehead's article, "Law School Initiative Subcommittee: This Summer, Think Twice Before Clicking on 'Confirm Friend Request' from an Associate or Partner" was published in The Whisper, a publication of the Defense Research Institute's Young Lawyers Steering Committee.

June 2011 - Suzanne Young Whitehead's and Aliya Page's article, "How Many Corners Does the Eight Corners Rule Have When Claims-Made Defenses Are at Issue?" was published in the Defense Research Institute(DRI) Insurance Law Committee's Covered Events.  

May 2011 - Suzanne Young Whitehead was a Chapter Editor for the Defense Research Institute's Daubert Compendium 2011 Edition.

January 2011 - Suzanne Young Whitehead contributed to the Defense Research Institute's Product Liability Case Law Update.

June 2010 - Suzanne Young Whitehead's article, "Current Trends in Student Loan Borrower Litigation: Borrower Must Pay Loan Debt," was published in The Whisper, a publication of the Defense Research Institute's Young Lawyers Steering Committee.

January 2011 - Suzanne Young Whitehead contributed to the Defense Research Institute's Product Liability Case Law Update.

Professional and Trade Associations

  • American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition Judge
  • DRI - Insurance Law Committee, Young Lawyers Committee,  Insurance Law Committee Blog Chair, Covered Events Editor
  • New York City Bar Association
  • Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association

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