Susan Mac Cormac

Corporate Counsel and Partner at Morrison & Foerster LLP

Susan Mac Cormac is a partner in the Corporate Department of Morrison & Foerster’s San Francisco office. She serves as co-chair of the Clean Technology + Alternative Energy Group and Private Equity and Venture Investment Practice.  Susan has extensive experience representing start-up to late-stage private companies primarily in the clean technology or sustainable space. She provides corporate and finance advice in connection with equity and debt financings, mergers, acquisitions, asset purchases and sales, reorganizations and joint ventures. She regularly advises boards of private and public companies, special committees, and CEOs on corporate governance as it relates to sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility (“CSR”) issues and has joined the faculty (teaching on issues of sustainability and corporate governance) at both the Stanford Director’s College and the Northwestern Corporate Counsel Institute.

In addition to her representation of nonprofit corporations involved with Sustainability and CSR, providing advice to their boards on fiduciary issues, conflicts of interest, and other corporate matters, Susan has deep experience and expertise in structure for nonprofit/for-profit “Hybrids” and new corporate forms.

After working in New York for three years, Susan joined the firm as an associate in 1997 and became a partner in 2001. She graduated from Williams College with a degree in Political Economy and received her J.D. and LL.M. degrees from Duke University School of Law.

Susan was named by California Lawyer magazine as one of the 2012 California Lawyers of the Year for her effective legislative change in California as co-chair of the Working Group for the Flexible Purpose Corporation. She was recognized by the Daily Journal on several Top Lawyers in California lists including Top 100 Lawyers (2012), Top Female Lawyers (2011 and 2012), and Top 25 Clean Tech Lawyers (2011). Susan was selected by her peers for Best Lawyers in America, 2011-2013. She was also recognized by clients among the Legal 500 United States from 2009-2012 for her expertise working with venture capitalists and emerging companies. Susan is on the Board of Directors of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (“SASB”) and the Biomimicry Institute. She is admitted to practice in both California and New York.