Susan M. Troester

Managing Partner



Susan M. Troester, Managing Partner at Troester Sharpe, focuses her practice exclusively on defending and counseling business owners, managers, and human resources professionals on a full range of employee-related issues. Much of her practice is devoted to proactive counseling, with the aim of helping the employer achieve their business goals and organizational mission, while at the same time complying with the many laws governing today’s workplaces. Read More

From Fortune 500 companies to Class 1 railroads, small businesses, and non-profits, Susan counsels clients on a wide range of employment matters, including:

  • Age, race, national origin, gender, and disability discrimination claims
  • Discipline and terminations
  • Investigating and responding to harassment and discrimination allegations
  • Wage and hour compliance and audits
  • I-9 compliance and audits
  • Disability accommodations, leaves of absence, and FMLA leave
  • State and local paid sick leave and predictive scheduling laws
  • Policy review and development
In addition to her practice advising clients, Susan is an experienced litigator, defending employers in state and federal court, as well as before local, state, and federal administrative agencies. Throughout the litigation process, Susan works with her clients to make informed decisions to deliver the best outcomes. Some of Susan’s recent successes on behalf of her employer clients include:
  • Successfully defending national corporations in multiple Title VII discrimination trials in the Northern District of Illinois
  • Obtaining summary judgment in multiple state court discrimination cases in favor of one of the nation’s largest hospice organizations
  • Regularly obtaining dismissal of lawsuits and summary judgment in favor of her employer clients on an array of employment law claims
  • Negotiating favorable resolutions in complex wage and hour cases on behalf of global quick service industry franchisees
At Troester Sharpe, Susan manages the firm’s team of employment law associates and senior counsel, providing the firm’s newer attorneys with exceptional leadership, training, and mentorship. Prior to becoming Managing Partner at Troester Sharpe, Susan practiced employment law for fifteen years at mid-size and boutique employment law firms. Before practicing law, Susan spent many gratifying years managing a not-for-profit agency that provides legal and counseling services to domestic violence victims. In her management role, Susan ensured compliance with private and government funder requirements, the myriad of laws and regulations governing business operations and the employment relationship, and oversaw all aspects of fiscal planning, human resources, employee relations, and board development. The years Susan spent managing the operations, financial, and people practices of an organization left her well prepared to provide advice and representation rooted in hands-on experience and a thorough understanding of the practical challenges employers face on a day-to-day basis. Read Less


Areas of Focus:

  • Federal and state court defense-side litigation
  • Advice and counsel
  • Agency charge response
  • Appellate work


  • Railroad
  • Trucking
  • Quick service and other restaurants
  • Non-profit
  • Healthcare

Languages Spoken: English



J.D., Chicago-Kent College of Law, 1996
Order of the Coif

B.A., Northern Illinois University, 1992
Summa cum laude


  • Illinois
  • Northern District of Illinois United States District Court
  • Central District of Illinois United States District Court
  • Eastern District of Wisconsin United States District Court
  • New Mexico District Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

Memberships & Affiliations: Chicago Bar Association

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