Susan Grisso de Ortega

Of Counsel
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Susan’s career began at White & Case in the New York and Mexico offices, where her practice included U.S. securities transactions and regulations as applied to banks and corporations. Work also included purchase/sales agreements, corporate restructurings, banking and credit transactions, securitizations, derivatives, mergers & acquisitions, venture capital investments and equipment and project finance.

Susan earned her law degree in 1993 from Columbia University with a focus on banking, capital markets, derivatives and tax laws where she was an Olin Law and Economics Junior Fellow 1992-’93; Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) Fellow 1992-’93; Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar; and an editor on the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law. She received her B.A. in Economics from University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in 1990.

Bar Admissions
New York

Employment History
Associate, White & Case, 1993 to 2003

Professional & Civic Association
Member, New York State Bar Association
Board of Directors, Vice President of the Board (2004 to Present) of the Appleseed Foundation (Mexico), a non-profit pro bono legal organization which established and operates the first pro bono legal network in Mexico; financial education projects; university classes on pro bono theory and practice highlighted by the Financial Times in Dec 2010; a constitutional amendment to establish a new right to an identity (free and timely birth certificate) for Mexican citizens; bi-national report and proposal of protection for unaccompanied minor migrants in US and Mexico, including draft legislative proposal, among other social projects targeting systemic change. See

J.D. Columbia University School of Law
B.A. University of Michigan