Susan H. Rider is an accomplished lawyer and executive leader with extensive expertise in all aspects of employment law. Before joining Scharf Banks Marmor, LLC, Susan led the nationwide team of labor, employment and benefits lawyers at Exelon Corporation, and its then subsidiary Constellation, as Vice President & Deputy General Counsel for Labor, Employment & Employee Benefits.
As an executive leader at Exelon, Susan and her team helped human resources and managers make employment decisions that reduced risk and ensured that the companies were in compliance with applicable labor and employment laws. They represented Exelon companies in state and federal court, arbitral and agency proceedings in over ten states. Among her many accomplishments at Exelon was her work with human resources and executive leadership to increase diversity and inclusion in the company’s workforce with innovative strategies that drove significant progress while limiting legal risk.
At Scharf Banks Marmor, Susan leverages her many years of experience in corporate law to assist employers with the myriad labor and employment law challenges they face. She is actively involved in the firm’s Equity Audit practice as well as employment counseling and pre-dispute resolution practice.
Susan is an experienced director on non-profit boards and public bodies. She has served on the Board of Directors for Heartland Alliance, a major Chicago-based social services non-profit, since 2012, working with management on the management coordination committee and several employment related committees. She is a long serving board member and board executive committee member of Family Rescue (1997-2011 and 2019 to present), a local domestic violence agency. She served as a Board Member of the Federal Bar Association, Chicago Chapter from 2014 through 2021, working actively on the Labor and Employment Committee and chairing the Corporate Counsel Division. Susan is currently serving as a Village Trustee in her town of Lake Bluff, Illinois, having previously served two terms as a member of the Lake Bluff School Board. Susan is also actively involved with the North Shore Labor Counsel, American Employment Law Council and Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education.
Susan received her B.S. from Nebraska Wesleyan University with highest distinction and her J.D. from Cornell Law School, cum laude.
Susan is a dynamic and top-performing senior legal executive with demonstrated success in employment law, litigation, dispute resolution, policy development, internal investigations, diversity initiatives, and labor relations. Susan is a trusted advisor to senior leadership teams, builds collaborative partnerships with attorneys and human resources teams, and effectively manages legal teams. She has an extensive background representing a Fortune 100 company in collective bargaining activities for a heavily unionized workforce. She has a proven ability to mitigate risk exposure, control costs, and consistently achieve favorable resolutions to complex legal issues.
Susan provided executive leadership for all labor, employment, and employee benefits legal issues for a Fortune 100 company and its subsidiaries, leading a respected team of 20 in-house labor, employment, and benefits attorneys and legal professionals in five U.S. offices. The team provided all pre-dispute counseling, litigation, and dispute resolution employment-related legal support. Susan and her team of lawyers handled much of the litigation work in-house, including all agency, discovery, and motion practice, to control costs and leverage exceptional business expertise.
Susan has led major initiatives designed to manage legal risk, such as:
Susan collaborated with the General Counsel’s office in managing legal department operations initiatives, including:
Susan partnered with labor relations professionals on collective bargaining strategy and implementation for heavily unionized workforce represented by 34 separate CBAs and trade union contractors, and represented company in all labor arbitrations, board charges, and union avoidance campaigns.