Susan Jerich is a legal and political commentator who was raised in the Washington D.C. area in a naval household. Susan attended Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota where she majored in Asian Studies and became a fluent Japanese speaker, living in Kyoto, Japan and later working for one of the world’s largest telecommunications companies, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone.
Eventually, Susan attended the University of San Francisco School of Law and was admitted to the California State Bar in 1996. Inspired by her family to continue the family legacy of service, Susan served from 1998-2003 as an Assistant District Attorney with the San Francisco District Attorney’s office. There, she served in various units including felony general litigation, sexual assault and domestic violence, prosecuting approximately one hundred jury trials to verdict.
In 2003, Susan joined the United States Attorney’s office in San Francisco as a federal prosecutor. In that role, Susan prosecuted various federal crimes such as child exploitation, firearms cases, narcotics and organized criminal gangs. As an Assistant U.S. Attorney, Susan successfully litigated several federal jury trials to verdict and argued appeals before the Ninth Circuit. Susan was the lead prosecutor on one of the largest child sexual exploitation cases handled by the U.S. Attorney’s office and the Department of Justice. Prosecuting that case, U.S. v. Thomas F. White, took Susan around the globe where she worked with various international law enforcement agencies in Russia, Mexico, Thailand and the Czech Republic to bring White to justice.
Following a distinguished twelve year career working as a prosecutor, Susan joined Rains Lucia Stern St. Phalle & Silver, where she is proud to represent public safety officer unions and their employees, including the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, in civil, criminal, and administrative cases, including internal affairs investigations, uses of force, officer involved shootings and disciplinary proceedings.
Susan has served as an adjunct professor of criminal and constitutional law at the San Francisco Law School and the Glendale University School of Law. She is proficient in both Japanese and Spanish. Her hobbies include traveling, working out, and spending time with family and friends, especially her two pups—Daisy and Riley.