SUSAN E. HUHTA is a partner at Outten & Golden LLP and leads the practice in its Washington, D.C. office representing individual employees.  Ms. Huhta has more than twenty-two years of experience practicing in the areas of employment law, civil rights and litigation.  She has extensive trial and mediation experience, and she also counsels employees who encounter workplace problems or disputes.   

Ms. Huhta represents employees, including senior executives, in a wide variety of employment matters, ranging from wrongful termination, discrimination, sexual harassment, and retaliation claims to the negotiation of employment, severance, and non-compete agreements.  Ms. Huhta is a graduate of Cornell University and the University of Wisconsin School of Law.  Prior to joining Outten & Golden, for over 10 years, Ms. Huhta ran the EEO and Public Accommodations Projects at the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights & Urban Affairs.

SUSAN E. HUHTA is a partner at Outten & Golden LLP and heads the individual practice in the Washington, D.C. office. She represents employees exclusively in a wide range of employment matters, including litigation in state and federal trial courts, before administrative agencies, and in appellate courts.  In addition, Ms. Huhta provides advice and counseling to individuals experiencing employment problems or disputes, including executives and lawyers.  She negotiates employment contracts, non-compete agreements and separation agreements. 

Ms. Huhta’s employment practice focuses on claims of wrongful termination, discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliation, family and medical leave act violations, and breaches of contract.  She represents whistleblowers and individuals who have experienced adverse employment action as a result of opposing illegal or unethical corporate practices.  Ms. Huhta also handles a variety of professional and executive compensation and benefits matters, including the negotiation of employment, severance, restrictive covenant, partnership agreements and trade secret agreements.

Before joining Outten & Golden LLP, Ms. Huhta practiced at a boutique employment law firm in D.C. for six years, and prior to that, for over 10 years, she ran the EEO and Public Accommodations Projects at the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights & Urban Affairs.  One of her career highlights was winning a verdict on the first claims brought to trial in the District of Columbia for taxicab discrimination against African Americans. 

Ms. Huhta employs a highly client-centric approach, carefully considering all aspects of a client’s life and needs in helping develop and implement strategic decisions. She believes that every single client -- without regard to position in life -- deserves a dedicated, compassionate, and tenacious advocate.

Ms. Huhta has been recognized as a “Top Lawyer” by Washingtonian Magazine.  In 2016, she was named one of the “Top 100 Lawyers” in civil plaintiff-side litigation by the National Trial Lawyers Association.  Ms. Huhta is a member of the District of Columbia bar and is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Courts for the District of Columbia and the District of Maryland, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the D.C. and Fourth Circuits, and the Court of Federal Claims. 

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Member, MWELA

  • Member, NELA

  • Member, Leadership Advisory Committee, National Women’s Law Center

  • Member, Women’s Bar Association

  • Member, DC Chapter of the Trial Lawyers Association (DC-TLA)

  • Member, American Bar Association

  • Past board member, MWELA, 2010-2011

  • Past President, Washington Council of Lawyers, 1998


  • Huhta, Westfall and Williams, Looking Forward and Looking Back: Using the Pregnancy Discrimination Act and Discriminatory Gender/Pregnancy Stereotyping to Challenge Discrimination Against New Mothers, 7 Emp. Rts. & Emp. Pol'y J. 303 (2003)

Awards & Recognition

  • 2016 “Top 100 Lawyers,” (civil plaintiff’s side), National Trial Lawyers Association

  • Washingtonian Magazine, Washington’s Top Lawyers, Individual Rights (2010)

  • Member, Order of the Coif

  • Articles Editor, Wisconsin Law Review