ORANGE COUNTY – May 30, 2018 – Global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP’s Susan L. Heller has been appointed to the board of Orange County’s Human Options, a non-profit organization devoted to breaking the cycle of domestic violence.
“I feel extremely proud to be involved with Human Options, which does incredible work providing a safe haven and counseling programs for abused women, their children, and families,” said Heller. “I am honored to join the board of this life-saving organization.”
Human Options has been a pioneer in protecting and helping individuals heal from domestic violence. Founded in 1981, the organization opened the first battered women’s shelter in South Orange County, which grew to become a countywide, multi-service program. In 1984, Human Options introduced the first domestic violence prevention program for high school teens in Orange County; and in 1984, the organization opened the city’s first transitional housing program. To date, Human Options has served more than 32,000 individuals in its counseling and sheltering programs, and more than 300,000 in its prevention programs, according to the organization’s website.
Heller, co-managing shareholder of Greenberg Traurig’s Orange County office, chair of the Global Trademark & Brand Management Group, and co-chair of the firm’s Women’s Initiative, is consistently recognized by numerous publications and organizations as having one of the preeminent and most innovative international trademark practices in the country, and for being a game-changer. When the stakes are high and critical brands are at risk, Fortune 500 companies, world champion athletes, high-net-worth individuals, A-list celebrities, and highly visible pre-IPO companies turn to Heller for her strategic thought leadership and counsel, honed by her three decades of experience. At the forefront of global strategic management and monetization of big name brands on a worldwide level, she is known for developing cutting-edge branding strategies and solutions, most notably in "bet-the brand," high stakes trademark cases. Heller works directly with CEOs and senior executives, in and out of corporate boardrooms. Her practice has spanned over 30 years across virtually every industry and in most jurisdictions throughout the world. Heller serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board of the UCI Merage School of Business, Executive Committee of the USC IP Institute, and Cornell University’s President's Council of Cornell Women. The National Diversity Council named Heller one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers in the US; Euromoney named her the winner of its Americas Women in Business Law Awards, “Best in Trademark,” two years in a row; Best Lawyers in America named her “Lawyer of the Year,” Trademark Law for Los Angeles; and Marquis Who’s Who recognized her with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award.
As co-chair of Greenberg Traurig’s Women’s Initiative, Heller is dedicated to promoting the inclusion and advancement of women in the legal profession through unique programming and resources designed to benefit the firm’s attorneys, clients, and the local communities in which the Greenberg Traurig family lives and works. In addition to her involvement with this global Women’s Initiative, Heller has been a strong voice supporting women’s empowerment for decades: she was a member of the steering Committee of the first San Francisco Mayor’s Summit for Women, and is a former chair of the Women’s Business Forum.
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