Susan Minamizono

Susan Minamizono
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J.D.,  University of San Diego (2008)

B.A., University of California, San Diego (1995)

Honors & Activities
  • Lead Articles Editor, San Diego International Law Journal
  • University of San Diego Law Alumni Scholarship Recipient
  • CALI Award (Highest Grade) in Tax Law
Legal Experience Summary

2016 – Present

455 Sherman St., Ste. 490
Denver, CO 80203


Prime Resource Consulting
San Diego, CA


Lincoln, Gustafson & Cercos LLP
San Diego, CA

Court Admissions

Colorado Supreme Court (2015)

California Supreme Court (2008)

U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit (2016)

U.S. District Court, District of Colorado (2016)

U.S. District Court, Southern District of California (2008)

Professional Organizations / Activities
  • Colorado Bar Association, Colorado Diverse Attorney Community Circle
  • Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, Executive Committee and Board Member
  • Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Board Member
  • Colorado Women’s Bar Association, Judicial Task Force – Law Student/Law School Working Group Co-Chair
  • Alliance to Lead Impact in Global Human Trafficking (ALIGHT), Pro Bono Attorney
  • Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network, Pro Bono Attorney
  • Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center, Board Member
  • Colorado Lawyers Committee, Hate Crimes Education Task Force Volunteer
  • American Inns of Court, Louis M. Welsh Inn
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • Pan Asian Lawyers of San Diego
  • Japanese American Citizens League
  • South Bay Community Services, Mi Escuelita Therapeutic Preschool Volunteer
  • American Bar Association, Immigration Justice Project, Pro Bono Attorney 
  • Loyola University New Orleans, Student Hurricane Network Volunteer 
  • County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency, Foster Youth Mentor 
  • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Insurance Law Committee Member
Lectures / Written Works
  • Lessons from the Marshall Fire, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, February 9, 2023
  • Attorneys Acting in the Role of Claims Adjusters, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, Feb. 24, 2022
  • Top Ten Insurance Cases in 2021, Colorado Bar Association, Insurance Committee, Jan. 27, 2022
  • Adjuster and Bad Faith Expert Witness Deposition and Examination Tactics, National Business Institute’s Advanced Insurance Bad Faith in Colorado Seminar, June 10, 2021
  • “An Invitation to Offer Legal Services to Vulnerable Populations During the Pandemic,” Trial Talk, Jan.- Mar. 2021. 
  • Recent Trends and Court Rulings, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, Oct. 15, 2020. 
  • Business Interruption Issues Related to COVID-19, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, Aug. 6, 2020. 
  • Practical Steps to Insurance Coverage, Assessing Strength of Bad Faith Cases and Litigation, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, Jan. 30, 2020.
  • Japanese Prefectural Scapegoats in the Constitutional Landscape: Protecting Children from Violent Video Games in the Name of “Public Welfare”, 9 San Diego Int’l L.J. 135 (2007).

About Susan

Susan Minamizono is a seasoned lawyer with a strong focus on insurance coverage disputes, bad faith litigation, and high-value personal injury claims. Her interest in law was deeply influenced by her experiences as the daughter of immigrants, where she found herself advocating for her non-English speaking parents from a young age as they attempted to navigate business and insurance-related hurdles. This early sense of responsibility and willingness to take on complicated and, at times, oppressive systems laid the foundation for Susan’s commitment to fighting for justice.

Initially drawn to science with aspirations of becoming a geneticist, Susan’s path shifted towards law due to her problem-solving skills and desire for more personal connections. Despite her diverse interests, including molecular biology and the arts, Susan ultimately found her calling in law. During law school, Susan discovered a profound passion for litigation and speaking for the voiceless.

After graduation, Susan gained valuable experience with an insurance defense firm, handling cases in product liability, construction defect, and personal injury law. This experience provided her with holistic insight into the inner workings of the insurance industry, which she now utilizes to effectively represent policyholders.

Susan’s impressive career achievements include being recognized by Colorado Super Lawyers for her work in insurance coverage, as well as being honored as one of the Top 50 women lawyers in the state, and receiving the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association’s Consumer Protection Award. She has successfully challenged insurance coverage denials, secured high-value settlements for clients, and offered invaluable assistance as personal counsel to policyholders. She is also deeply involved in pro bono services, particularly assisting trafficking survivors and immigrant clients in handling complex legal issues.

Outside of her legal practice, Susan is a dedicated partner and parent of two humans and a pup, a curious world traveler and explorer of all things culinary, a novice wilderness backpacker, and a karaoke enthusiast.   

Her accomplishments include: 

  • Negotiated multiple settlements with automobile insurers for their failure to properly compensate their insureds for their injuries and losses under uninsured/underinsured motorist (UM/UIM) coverages
  • Successfully challenged the denial by an insurance company to defend a multimillion–dollar franchise in an employment discrimination action
  • Numerous successful appeals of denials of benefits by disability and health insurers
  • High-value settlement for a business client whose insurer failed to defend it in a lawsuit involving disputes arising from a leasing agreement
  • High-value settlement paid under an employment practices liability policy on behalf of clients who were sexually assaulted by a judgment-proof employer
  • Six-figure settlement paid under a homeowner’s policy for hail damage
  • Insurance policy coverage review for individual, business, and non-profit policyholders