Best Lawyers 2021


Susan O’Keefe Head
Kirby & Kirby LLP

Susan O’Keefe Head


After working with large firms in San Diego and Los Angeles, Susan O’Keefe Head joined Post Kirby Noonan & Sweat in 1995, and is now excited to be part of Kirby & Kirby. Her work focuses on complex commercial, banking and real estate litigation, but she also handles employment, intellectual property, and legal malpractice cases. Her specialty is large-scale, complex litigation, and the design and creation of databases to manage the evidence involved. She works on every phase of civil litigation, including Internet research, document production and organization, discovery, deposition preparation, motions, trial preparation, trial presentation, and appeals.

She has been the paralegal on a variety of cases including a precedent-setting case involving the use of trademarks on the Internet, complex banking litigation involving the fraudulent transfer of structured settlement funds, and a lengthy trial in a class action lawsuit against a manufacturer of an ephedra dietary supplement for false and misleading print and television advertisements. 

Most recently, she managed a complex fraud case against title companies and a construction loan broker who defrauded over 500 elderly investors.  The representation involved multiple civil lawsuits in San Luis Obispo, two bankruptcy cases, and two criminal cases.  Susan was responsible for coordinating with all clients to gather documents and respond to discovery requests.  This included answering their questions, and helping the elderly clients understand the litigation.  Susan was responsible for reviewing and analyzing all documents, creating and maintaining a database to track over 1400 individual loans, researching the properties involved, and working with experts and outside bankruptcy counsel in California and Ohio.  She attended the lengthy trial in San Luis Obispo, where she assisted trial counsel and operated the electronic presentation of exhibits.  Susan also worked on the calculation and distribution of multiple settlements in both the civil and bankruptcy action. 

In addition to her case work, Susan has presented a continuing education seminar on discovery skills for legal staff.

Susan attended the University of San Diego, where she graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in English, and a double minor in Business and Paralegal Studies. She received her paralegal certificate with honors.

In her spare time, Susan enjoys spending time with her family and friends, including long walks with her husband and dog, gardening, traveling, and cooking experiments with her son.


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