Susan Chana Lask, Esq.

244 Fifth Avenue, #2369
New York, NY 10001, United States
Phone: 917-300-1958
Areas of Practice
  • Agriculture
  • Appellate Practice
  • Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law
  • Bankruptcy
  • Business Organizations
  • Business Torts
  • Civil Rights
  • Class Action
  • Commercial Law & Contracts
  • Communications & Media Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Construction Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Education
  • Elections & Politics
  • Family Law
  • Government
  • Labor & Employment Law
  • Litigation
  • Personal Injury
  • Privacy
  • Professional Malpractice
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Practice/Organization Description

I think big, know the law like no one else and use it when other attorneys don't know how to. I won't take "no" for an answer and I won't stop until I get an answer. My job is to make the law work for my clients the way it's suppossed to, and get justice.

I litigate against the "best" and win. I'm fearless, relentless and, most important, I know what I'm doing. I won't do anthing unless it's thought out, strategized and supported by the law. That's what my clients, colleagues and adversaries appreciate about me; and when they try to challenge me, they lose.

I think in terms of changing the world. I filed the historical Ambien, Foreclosure Mill Fraud and Prison Strip Search Class Actions and my 2017 win in the 2d Circuit for sexual harassment protection; all of my cases save millions of people's lives and made historical changes to protect our rights. In Ambien, I proved people were being injured by the drug when the maker denied it. I created the term "Ambien Zombies" and put my career on the line to publicize the Ambien Zombie phenomenon when no other lawyer would help these people. I proved my case and had the FDA to force warnings on all sleep prescriptions, not just Ambien. The makers of Ambien finally admitted there was a problem and they changed their ingredients. Enter Ambien CR.

In my prison strip search case Florence v. Burlington County, I fought for 8 years to protect privacy rights from degrading blanket strip searches when arrestees are processed at prisons for non-criminal offenses (i.e. failure to pay a traffic ticket). I was appointed class counsel and won in Federal District Court. That was reversed in the Third Circuit. I didn't stop there. In 2010, I was the only attorney brave enough to petition the U.S. Supreme Court that accepted to hear the case. I had the support of five former Attorneys General, one a NJ Supreme Court Justice. I also organized a prestigous team of attorneys and Stanford Law School supporting me. In April, 2012 a 5-4 decision affirmed the Third Circuit but gave great insight into strip search policies that will permit future cases to win. Another huge benefit from that was that both counties I sued actually changed their search procedures.

In March, 2017, I won the historical 2d Circuit concurring opinion in Christiansen v. Omnicom by Chief Judge Katzmann. He found that sexual orientation workplace harassment should be protected under Title VII. That Circuit also reversed a Federal Court dismissal claiming that sexual stereotyping was not pled.

I have since worked with Senators in Congress, NYS and NJ and municipalities nationwide drafting laws on civil rights, child welfare and animal welfare. I successfully represented a NYS legislator and had all charges dismissed against him regarding alleged marijuana possession. I single-handedly shut down NYS' notorious Foreclosure Mill of Steven Baum. The Department of Justice, Attorney General and Washington's Congressman friendly subpoenaed me as a witness to help them penalize Baum, which I accepted.

I took an oath to defend our constitution when I was admitted to practice law in 1989. An oath I promised to uphold. I will never break that promise.

Bar Admissions

2005 United States Supreme Court

1989 New York Supreme Court

2001 U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit

2009 U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit

1990 U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York

1990 U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York

2005 U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey (phv)

2008 New Jersey Appellate Division (phv)


Arcadia University, Temple University (B.A., Psychology, 1982; M.A.H.,1983)

Tel Aviv University Summer Abroad Programs affiliated with Temple University

Whittier College School of Law

Professional Associations & Memberships

Association of Arbitrators of the Civil Court of the City of New York

NYS Accredited Continuing Legal Education Lecturer

Association of the Bar of the City of New York

Honors and Awards

Named "New York's High Powered Attorney" and "High Profile Lawyer" by the media 2003 to present

NYU Law School Invited Speaker

Stanford University Law School Invited Speaker

Author /Speaker of CLE courses for Attorneys Nationwide

Arbitrator & Mediator, Civil Court of the City of New York, 2005-to 2009.

Law Clerk, State Bar of California Ethics Counsel, 1985-1986.

Recipient, Mayor's Hero's Award for saving the lives of two car crash victims in a car fire, 1995.

Legal Commentator to News Channels, Print and Radio Media, 1995- to date.

Quasi-Judicial Appointment by the State of New York to the Surrogate Decision Making Committee (SDMC) administered by the Commission on Quality of Care for the Mentally Disabled, 1995.

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