Susan E. Stark

Senior Counsel

Focus
Campus Misconduct Due Process & Title IXEmployment Counsel
Email
sstark@nmllplaw.com
Phone
650-209-7400
Office
Palo Alto, California

Susan is an experienced Title IX lawyer and currently serves as one of Stanford University’s-identified attorneys advising students, staff and faculty through Stanford’s Title IX Process. Additionally, she has advised alleged victims and accused individuals — both students and faculty — in cases involving all forms of sexual misconduct and harassment, including sexual assault, harassment, discrimination, stalking, domestic and dating violence. Susan also has advised students and faculty through school disciplinary processes related to violations of conduct code, academic integrity and related disciplinary policies. Having advised numerous individuals throughout the Title IX process, Susan understands the sensitivity of providing sexual information to investigators, Title IX coordinators and hearing officers and prepares her clients on how to effectively present themselves in every phase of the process.

Relying on her deep civil litigation background, Susan is adept at strategizing and implementing effective handling (and successful resolution) of Title IX and student disciplinary matters at every phase of the process.

Susan is experienced as an employment lawyer where she has advised employers, C-suite executives and other key employees in employment matters, including wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, compensation and severance pay disputes, breach of contract and actions brought under California’s Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA). She has also counseled employers and executives on liability assessment and risk exposure; providing strategies to avoid formal litigation. She effectively advises executives in negotiation of employment compensation, separation and severance agreements. In addition to her counseling and litigation experience, Susan has also conducted workplace investigations into employee complaints of harassment, discrimination, retaliation and violation of company policies.

Prior to joining Nesenoff & Miltenberg, Susan was Senior Counsel at Shuman Snyder, LLP and Pierce & Shearer, LLP practicing employment law in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Following law school, Susan clerked for the Hon. Frederick J. Woelflen (dec), Chief Magistrate of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Education

  • J.D., Santa Clara University, School of Law
  • A.B., University of California, Berkeley (Political Science)

Admissions

  • California, 1990
  • United States District Courts, Northern, 1990
  • Eastern Districts of California, 1993

Susan was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and has been deeply involved in her community there. She has served in multiple leadership roles in California public school district education foundations (both high school and K-8), has served as board member and co-president of the University Club of Palo Alto.

Susan and her husband (also an attorney) reside in Los Altos Hills, California They have three grown children being the proud parents of two Michigan Wolverines and a UC Berkeley Golden Bear.  Susan is an avid skier and plays USTA tennis.