MoFo News Item

Daily Journal Names Susan Mac Cormac and Anna Erickson White as Top Women Lawyers

18 May 2022

The Daily Journal has named San Francisco partners Susan (“Suz”) Mac Cormac and Anna Erickson White on its list of 2022 Top Women Lawyers in California. The annual award series recognizes the successes and victories of women lawyers in the courtroom and at the negotiating table, as well as their advancements in the legal industry.

Suz is a Corporate partner at MoFo in San Francisco with more than 20 years of experience advising companies and investors on sustainability matters. She currently chairs the Energy, Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG), Social Enterprise + Impact Investing, and Energy practices. Suz co-led the drafting group for the first of the new corporate forms (the Social Purpose Corporation in California), has created hybrid/tandem corporate structures and crafted debt and equity instruments that blend impact with traditional financial terms, and has used corporate law to develop creative capital market solutions to pressing environmental problems. She also advises companies and investors on equity financings and the boards of public and private companies on corporate governance and fiduciary duties as applied to sustainability and climate change. Suz led the MoFo team in launching the California Small Enterprise (CASE) Task Force and its first project, a resource guide for small businesses, which then progressed into weekly virtual group office hours during which attorneys shared information and answered questions posed by small businesses. The CASE Task Force went on to lead the development and implementation of The California Rebuilding Fund, a public-private partnership launched in November 2020. Suz was a founding board member of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB), is a board member of the Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), the Ceres President’s Council, and the Earth Genome Project. She teaches at Berkeley Law School on the intersection between corporate law and ESG and climate.

Anna is a Litigation partner at MoFo in San Francisco and has almost 30 years of experience in securities and other complex, high-stakes civil litigation. She has represented companies, as well as their officers and directors, in securities class actions, derivative suits, merger and acquisition litigation, and general commercial disputes. She also regularly advises boards and management on disclosure and high-profile governance issues. Her clients span a range of industries including technology, life sciences, renewable energy, gaming, and financial services. In the fall of 2012, Anna was part of a group of women who decided to create a network for women securities litigators, Women in Securities, more commonly referred to today as WISe. The network is designed to encourage the growing number of women in the industry and to ensure that women continue to play a leadership role in the future of securities litigation.

Profiles of all of the winning lawyers are featured in a special Top Women Lawyers issue of the Daily Journal, which will be published on May 18, 2022.



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