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Susan L. Vaage is a principal in the law offices of Graham • Vaage LLP.  Since her admission to practice, Ms. Vaage has specialized in the representation of financial institutions and business entities in state, federal and bankruptcy courts.  She has many years of business advisory and trial experience, representing both plaintiffs and defendants, and has handled a wide variety of commercial and bankruptcy cases in areas such as enforcement of guarantees, commercial loans, secured transactions, real property, defense and consumer law.  She has also assisted the Firm’s financial institution and corporate clients with significant commercial loan workouts, analyzed litigation risks in connection with problem loans, and successfully defended such institutions against a wide variety of claims including fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, bad faith, unfair business practices, unconscionability, RICO violations, personal injury and premises liability, Americans with Disabilities Act matters, and wrongful termination.  She has an active practice relating to transactional and documentation work and inter-creditor negotiations and agreements, and has assisted clients with lease and real property purchase and sale negotiations.  She has represented and defended companies regarding a wide variety of commercial, property, contractual and tort matters.

Ms. Vaage has lectured to industry and Bar groups on topics related to her areas of expertise, and frequently speaks to in-house groups for representative clients, including the California Bankers Association and the National Business Institute.  She is a member of the State Bar of California (former member, Debtor/Creditor Relations and Bankruptcy Committee of the Business Law Section), Financial Lawyers Conference, Los Angeles Bankruptcy Forum, Los Angeles County Bar Association (member, treasurer 2012-2013, Executive Committee of the Remedies Section), Commercial Law League, Los Angeles Mexican American Bar Association, Women Lawyers of Los Angeles, and various other professional associations.

She has an “AV” Peer Review Rating, and is an author of the California Practice Guide, “California Debt Collection and Enforcement of Judgments,” Matthew Bender 2006, updates 2007 through 2102, as well as being a contributing author to California Forms of Jury Instruction, Ch. 42A, Matthew Bender Fraudulent Transfer Instructions (Matthew Bender).

She received her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Irvine (1975) and her JD from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles (1978).  She is fluent in Spanish.

Ms. Vaage may be contacted at the firm’s address and telephone numbers, and her email address is>.

AV Peer Review Rated.