Attorney Profile

Practice Areas

Family Law

  • Domestic Violence
  • Child Custody and Visitation
  • Move-Away Orders
  • Child Support
  • Spousal Support
  • Division of Community Property
  • Community Debts
  • Separate Property
  • Pre-Nuptial Agreements
  • Marital Settlement Agreements
  • Divorce Mediation
  • Qualified Domestic Relations Orders (QDROs) (Division of Retirement Benefits)
  • Post Divorce Modification of Custody
  • Post Divorce Modification of Support
  • Enforcement of Custody and Visitation Orders
  • Collection of Support
  • Domestic Partnerships
  • Same Sex Relationships
  • Paternity Cases
Employment Law

  • Race Discrimination
  • Color Discrimination
  • Racial Harassment
  • Sex Discrimination
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Sex Discrimination
  • Marital Status Discrimination
  • Sexual Orientation Discrimination
  • Pregnancy Discrimination
  • Equal Pay  Cases – Wage Discrimination
  • Religious Discrimination
  • Harassment on Account of Religion
  • Accommodation of Religious Belief At Work
  • Age Discrimination
  • Harassment on Account of Age
  • Disability Discrimination
  • Accommodation of Disabilities at Work
  • Retaliation
  • Genetic Information Discrimination
  • Federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
  • California Family Rights Act (CFRA)
  • Privacy Rights at Work
  • Protections at Work for Domestic Violence Victims


  • Unpaid Overtime
  • Unpaid Wages
  • Meal and Rest Breaks
  • Retaliation over Wage Claims


  • Federal Occupational Health and Safety Act (OSHA)
  • California Occupational Health & Safety Act
  • Retaliation for Complaints re OSHA Violations


  • Negotiation of Severance Packages to Ensure Fair Compensation, and Protections For your Rights to Seek Future Employment Free from Retaliation or Restrictions that Violate California law.
  • Covenants Not to Compete are usually prohibited under California Law

Admission Details

  • Admitted to the practice of law in California in December, 1984
  • Admitted to the United States District Court for the Northern District of California
  • Admitted to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • Admitted to practice before the United States Tax Court

Additional Payment Information

  • Free Initial Consultation
  • Hourly Rate in Family Law is $200.00 per hour.  She offers sliding fee arrangements or payment plan arrangements to some lower income clients.
  • Hourly Rate in Employment Law is $300.00 per hour.  Susan Cohen accepts some employment law cases on a Contingent Fee Basis.
  • Credit Cards accepted, including VISA, MasterCard, American Express, and JCB

Law School Attended

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Hall, University of California at Davis, Juris Doctor Degree 1984

University Attended

  • Brandeis University, B.A. Cum Laude with Honors in History
  • Stanford University, M.A. in Renaissance and Reformation History
  • Institute of Historical Research, London University, London, England, 1972 to 1974.
  • Honorary Woodrow Wilson Fellow, 1968
  • Graduate Fellowships in History, Stanford University
  • AAUW Fellow for Dissertation Research in England
  • Leverhulme Trust Fellowship, for Dissertation Research in England.
  • Stanford University, M.A. in Renaissance and Reformation History, focusing on religious conflict in Europe from the Sixteenth Century through the Seventeenth Century


  • English and French. Susan Cohen has also done academic research in Latin Language collections related to English Legal History, in the British Museum, and the records of the Medieval City of London held by the Corporation of London and the Greater London Council County Records Office, during the course of her graduate education at Stanford and Doctoral Research in England while affiliated with London University.

Associations & Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Active Member, State Bar of California
  • Sacramento County Bar Association

Hobbies & Interests

  • Cooking, Hiking and attending movies and theater and participating in social activities in the community.