ENGLAND PONTICELLO & ST.CLAIR (EPS) is brimming with pride to announce that Susan L. England, Esq. (WCJ (Ret.)), regarded by many as one of the deans of California workers’ compensation, has entered her 60th year as an attorney licensed by the State Bar of California. Ms. England obtained both her undergraduate and law degrees from USC and upon immediately passing the bar exam, was admitted to practice on January 9, 1962….and the world of workers’ compensation law would never be the same.
Twice during her career, Susan undertook stints as a Workers’ Compensation Judge, at the Santa Ana, Pomona and San Diego WCAB venues. However, the bulk of her career has been dedicated to workers’ compensation defense practice and the teaching of attorneys, claims examiners and employers of the ins and outs of this specialized area of law. This includes decades of instruction with the Insurance Education Association (IEA), Council on Education in management, State and local bar associations, and various other organizations, too many to mention. Those who have been to her classes, speeches and presentations were always presented with a lively and colorful affair-in addition to learning.
Susan has inspired and paved the way for many professionals to follow, including within EPS. Barry Ponticello, who has practiced with Susan nearly half her career, remarks: “Susan’s dedication to the practice and to continued professional growth is an amazing thing to behold. It sets the standard that we are all still learning, no matter the amount of time in practice. When we periodically have had attorneys who tell us they are too many years into their practice to learn anything new, we direct them to Susan, which usually makes for an enlightening discussion. It’s been and continues to be a joy and honor to practice with Susan, who has been a great friend and mentor”. Renee St. Clair, who has also spent near 25 years with Susan notes: “ I remain grateful to Susan for taking a chance on me as a young associate with no experience right out of law school. Susan saw potential in me and helped me harness that potential to build an amazing career with steadfast relationships. I admire Susan for her legal acumen, resiliency, and longevity, and cherish her as a friend and mentor.”
60 years of practice has combined with dedication to her daughters, granddaughter, partners, co-workers and friends-all of which is still ongoing on an every-day basis. Susan has never closed the book on learning and refining her professional skills and is a model for all in this practice. At EPS, we look forward to many more years of this standard bearer continuing to lead the workers’ compensation field.