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Suzanne Jones litigates complex first and third-party coverage disputes on behalf of insurance companies in state and federal courts across the country and is responsible for developing and executing litigation strategies from the initial stage of a claim through dispositive motion practice and, if necessary, trial. Her experience includes declaratory judgment actions, breach of contract actions, rescission actions, direct actions and extra-contractual and bad faith actions.

In addition, Suzanne provides coverage opinions under a variety of insurance policies, including general liability, professional liability, directors and officers liability, errors and omissions, fiduciary liability, employment practices liability, homeowners' policies and auto policies.

With her extensive insurance coverage background and a passion for horses, Suzanne has developed an equine law practice counseling equine professionals, farm owners, trainers, and horse owners on best practices to minimize liability through contracts and insurance. Hinshaw's Equine Law attorneys have a depth of experience in defending individuals and companies in the industry across the country against a variety of claims, including claims for personal injury and property damage.

Professional Background

Suzanne joined Hinshaw in 2008. While in law school, she was a judicial extern clerk for the Honorable Earl Carroll, U.S. District Court, Arizona in 2007.

Suzanne is actively involved in the American Bar Association's Woman Advocate Committee.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
    • Finance & Planning Committee (2010–2011)
    • Membership Services Committee (2011–2012)
  • Minnesota State Bar Association

Honors & Awards

  • Recognized by Law360 as a "Top Attorney Under 40" in 2016 in the practice of Insurance. Law360 recognized 179 attorneys across the country under the age of 40 based on "career accomplishments" that "belie their age."
  • Recognized as a "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers magazine (2015–2017)

Representative Matters

  • Judgment in favor of insurer client in North Dakota federal court: insurer had no obligation to provide UIM coverage for fatal car accident because insured vehicle was not "underinsured."
  • Judgment in favor of insurer client in Minnesota federal court: insurer had no obligation to provide coverage for malpractice claims under professional liability policy issued to law firm based on retroactive date limitation.
  • Judgment in favor of insurer client in Wisconsin state court: insurer had no obligation to provide coverage to perpetrator of alleged sexual assaults under professional or general liability policies.
  • Judgment in favor of insurer client in Minnesota state court: insurer had no obligation to provide coverage for consent judgment arising out of wrongful death claims under professional liability policy issued to a clinic.
  • Judgment in favor of insurer client in Minnesota state court: insurer had no obligation to provide coverage for wrongful death claim under professional liability policy issued to adult foster care facility because "claims made and reporting" requirements were not met. Judgment in favor of insurer was upheld on appeal by the Minnesota Court of Appeals.
  • Judgment in favor of insurer client in Missouri state court: insurer had no obligation to provide coverage for stipulated TCPA judgment under Errors and Omissions Liability policy.
  • Judgment in favor of insurer client in Missouri federal court: insurer had no obligation to provide coverage for economic loss resulting from insured's substandard work and failure to comply with a contract under a general liability policy. Judgment in favor of insurer was upheld on appeal by the 8th Circuit.
  • Judgment in favor of insurer client in Missouri federal court: insurer had no obligation to provide coverage for underlying lawsuit because "claims made and reporting" requirements were not met in Directors and Officers policy.
  • Judgment in favor of insurer client in Missouri Supreme Court: insurer had no obligation provide coverage for conversion and negligence claims based on wrongful repossession of vehicle.
  • Judgment in favor of insurer client in Michigan, finding that defendant in underlying lawsuits did not qualify as an "insured" under Employed Lawyers Professional Liability Insurance policy.

Presentations

  • Co-Presenter, "Equine Law 101: Understanding Equine Activity Liability & Minimizing Risk," University of Minnesota Equine Extension Program Webinar, March 20, 2018

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Community/Civic Activities

  • St. Thomas University Law School Alumni Association

J.D., St. Thomas University School of Law, 2008

B.A., Political Science, Boston College, 2005