Susan Elgin represents businesses in employment litigation and counsels on employment law. Susan defends employers before state and federal courts and administrative agencies in discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, minimum wage and overtime violations, and leave and disability law cases. She works on single-plaintiff cases and complex class and collective matters.

Employment Law Strategy

Susan partners with management, in-house counsel and human resources professionals to create practical and effective strategies for resolving employment issues, implementing best practices and minimizing risk. She offers guidance on workplace issues, including Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

Media Law and Access

In addition, Susan represents communications and media clients, defending libel suits and obtaining media access to court proceedings.

Past Experience

Before joining Faegre Baker Daniels, Susan worked as an attorney at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), a bureau within the U.S. Treasury Department, in Washington, D.C., where she advised national bank examiners on the supervision of problem institutions and closure of national banks.


Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Iowa
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit


U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, Hon. Michael J. Melloy, 2013-2014


University of Iowa College of Law
J.D. with high distinction, Iowa Law Review (senior note and comment editor) (2013)

University of Iowa
B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication, with high distinction (2008)

Leadership & Community

Civic Activities

  • State of Iowa Capitol Planning Commission

Firm Leadership

  • Faegre Baker Daniels Women’s Forum for Achievement – Leadership Council


  • Faegre Baker Daniels – Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2017-18
  • University of Iowa College of Law — National Association of Women Lawyers Award
  • University of Iowa — Phi Beta Kappa and Kappa Tau Alpha
  • Great Plains Super Lawyers — Rising Stars, Employment Litigation: Defense, 2018
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