Susan Davies

Advisory Board
Partner, Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Susan is a former Deputy White House Counsel to President Obama. Prior to her work in the White House, she served as both General Counsel and Chief Intellectual Property Counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee where, among other things, she worked on the recently enacted America Invents Act. Susan also has held several positions in the Department of Justice, including the Antitrust Division, the Office of the Solicitor General and the Office of Policy Development.


As Senior Counsel at the Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, Susan was intimately involved in the United States’ case against Microsoft Corporation, which alleged that Microsoft engaged in “anticompetitive and exclusionary practices designed to maintain its monopoly in personal computer operating systems and to extend that monopoly to Internet browsing software.” The historic judgment ultimately barred Microsoft from anticompetitive practices for 10 years.


Susan served as a law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy and then-Judge Stephen Breyer on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and as a Special Counsel to President Bill Clinton.


In the private sector, Susan has experience in a wide variety of matters with a focus in the areas of intellectual property, regulatory, legislative and appellate. She also does a large amount of work in the junction of antitrust law and patent law. Intellectual property-driven companies are facing more scrutiny in today’s market, and Susan represents multiple Fortune 100 companies as they navigate the issues arising from these inquiries.


With Susan’s exceptional experience across a number of areas of the U.S. government and at the U.S. Supreme Court, Susan provides clients with unique intellectual knowledge at the intersection of law and government. In Susan’s government-facing role, she frequently interacts with regulators and policy makers on behalf of corporate clients.