Susan G.


Susan Lafferty advises clients on the growing array of energy and environmental issues—including regulatory and other policy-related developments—impacting the petroleum, bio-fuels and energy trading industries. A member of Sutherland’s Energy Practice Group, Susan focuses on the regulatory and commercial issues related to EPA's Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program, including helping clients navigate enforcement matters related to the trading or use of invalid RINs (Renewable Identification Numbers). In addition, Susan works with clients to develop risk management and mitigation tools to address potential spills or releases that may occur when transporting and storing products like crude oil, distillates, liquefied natural gas and coal.

Susan is also a member of Sutherland’s Crisis Management team, helping clients navigate crises and develop legal response strategies tailored to each specific situation.

To learn more about how Sutherland defends companies facing challenges on multiple fronts, including civil litigation and parallel criminal investigations, multidistrict litigation proceedings, putative class actions, Congressional investigations and hearings, regulatory investigations, internal investigations, shareholder direct and derivative claims, and corporate disclosure issues, visit

Selected Experience

Awards and Rankings

Recognized by The Legal 500 United States in the area of energy: regulatory (2015)

Professional Activities

Member, Energy Bar Association
Member, Women’s Council on Energy and the Environment
Member, Renewable Energy Section, American Bar Association
Member, Climate Change, Science and Technology Section, American Bar Association

  • J.D., George Mason University School of Law
  • B.A., University of Virginia
Bar Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia

Our Story

Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP is an international law firm helping the Fortune 100, industry leaders, sector innovators and business entrepreneurs solve their biggest challenges and reach their business goals. Dedicated to unfaltering excellence in client service, we are known for our business savvy and industry intelligence, providing creative and custom solutions for each of our clients. Industry and business experience makes the difference for our clients.

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