During these challenging times, Severson & Werson remains open and in full operation, consistent with the firm’s previously established contingency planning. While many of our attorneys and staff will be working remotely, as a firm, we continue in full operation. We are here to help, as always.

Special Counsel

Susan M. Keeney

Susan Keeney insurance and appellate litigation

Susan Keeney, Special Counsel with the Firm’s Insurance Law Group, specializes in insurance coverage and litigation, with an emphasis on appellate work. She advises insurers and insureds regarding coverage, represents insurers in declaratory relief actions, and defends insurers against bad faith claims.

Ms. Keeney was previously a member of Lynch, Gilardi & Grummer. She also practiced with Sarrail & Russell and Long & Levit in San Francisco and began her legal career with Starkey, Bloom & Maloney (house counsel for Hartford Insurance Company) in San Leandro.

Ms. Keeney is Past President of the Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada (and Past Chair of that association’s Insurance Liaison and Education Committees) and is a member of the Defense Research Institute. She is a frequent lecturer at private programs and seminars sponsored by both organizations.

Areas of Practice


  • University of San Francisco School of Law, J.D., 1974
  • University of California, Davis, B.S., 1971


  • California