Suzanne Wachsstock is a Vice President and Chief Antitrust Counsel at American Express. In this capacity, she leads a NY-based team with global responsibility for antitrust compliance and strategy. Among other areas of focus, her team owns and implements the Company’s antitrust compliance policy and associated procedures; works closely with corporate development and business teams on all antitrust aspects of M&A and joint venture transactions and other investments; partners with the litigation team on pending antitrust litigations; and handles regulatory inquiries from competition agencies.
Suzanne is also a leader in the American Bar Association’s Section of Antitrust Law and a frequent speaker on antitrust topics. She is currently a co-chair of the Section’s Corporate Counseling Committee, and previously held leadership roles on the International, Financial Services and Distribution and Franchising Committees. She currently sits on the Antitrust Council of the US Chamber of Commerce and on the Executive Committee of the Antitrust Section of the New York State Bar Association. Suzanne received the 2015 International Law Office/Associate Counsel Association’s Individual award for in-house antitrust counsel, and was profiled as a leading antitrust attorney in the 2013 Global Competition Review “Women in Antitrust” report.
Suzanne received her J.D. from Harvard Law School and earned her A.B. degree from Harvard College. Before joining the Company in 2007, Suzanne spent 13 years as an antitrust and appellate lawyer and litigator, first at Davis Polk & Wardwell and ultimately as a partner at Wiggin and Dana LLP, where she co-led the Firm’s Antitrust and Consumer Protection Group and was active in the Firm’s hiring, ethics, and diversity committees. Suzanne works in NY but lives in Silver Spring, Maryland with her husband and three kids.
Suzanne Wachsstock, Forrest Treat, and Gail Levine talk about their experience and education leading up to their current roles and advice for students and lawyers entering the field.
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