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    J.D., cum laude, 1982)
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    B.A., 1979)


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Susan E. Barnes


4200 IDS Center
80 South 8th Street
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55402
T (612) 371-3214
F (612) 371-3207

Susan focuses her practice solely on regulatory issues impacting financial institutions, their directors, officers, and shareholders, and affiliated parties such as accountants and lawyers.  For more than 25 years, Susan has represented a wide range of financial institutions and affiliated parties in an equally wide variety of regulatory, enforcement, investigative and litigation matters.  She regularly counsels clients on examination issues and responses to examinations, regulatory relationships, compliance with statutes and regulations, and a myriad of general safety and soundness issues.

Susan frequently represents financial institutions and their officers and directors—as well as accountants, attorneys, and other professionals—in informal and formal enforcement, investigative and litigation proceedings brought by federal or state banking agencies. She has led Lindquist & Vennum’s representation of clients in matters initiated by the FDIC, OCC, OTS, the Federal Reserve Board, and many state banking divisions. She has appeared before the Office of Financial Institution Adjudication on numerous matters including cease-and-desist orders, civil money penalties, and removals. 

Susan also represents former directors and officers of failed banks in connection with FDIC demand letters, FDIC threats of civil money penalties and removals against former directors and officers, and in filed FDIC litigation. Susan has participated in several successful mediations with the FDIC, and is currently defending numerous director and officer groups against FDIC allegations on a nation-wide basis.

Susan has a national practice, and frequently speaks to industry groups about a wide range of regulatory issues.


Susan has received an AV-rating from Martindale-Hubbell and is included in their 2013 Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers™.