Elizabeth Gonzalez-Sussman > Olshan Frome Wolosky LLP > New York, United States > Lawyer Profile

Olshan Frome Wolosky LLP
NEW YORK, NY 10019
United States

Work Department

Corporate/Securities Law and Shareholder Activism Practice Groups


Partner; Vice Chair, Shareholder Activism Practice


Preeminent in her field, Elizabeth Gonzalez-Sussman advises hedge funds and other large investors in activist-related engagements with boards and management teams to maximize shareholder value, including behind-the-scenes engagements, withhold campaigns, proxy contests, and making unsolicited acquisition proposals. She is vice chair of Olshan’s Shareholder Activism Practice and a member of the firm’s Corporate/Securities Law Group.

Elizabeth possesses a clear understanding of market practices, deep knowledge of the law, and extensive experience in advising clients on all aspects of shareholder activism. A talented lawyer and an excellent negotiator, she zeros in on the key issues, helps clients evaluate their situations, devises actionable, strategic plans, and provides exceptionally practical advice based on both her clients’ immediate goals and their long-term vision.

Hedge funds and other large investors in shareholder activist situations regularly rely on Elizabeth for legal and strategic guidance on everything from large stock accumulations, behind-the-scenes engagements, letter-writing campaigns, consent and exempt solicitations, submitting shareholder proposals, negotiating settlements, running proxy contests, and making unsolicited offers.

Corporate directors and management teams at both public and private companies retain Elizabeth for advice when board-related issues or disputes arise.


Board of Directors, Columbia Law School Association since 2018


Elizabeth received her J.D. from Columbia Law School and holds a B.A., cum laude, from New York University College of Arts and Science.


• Named a “Leading Lawyer” in Corporate/M&A: Shareholder Activism by Chambers USA since 2021

• Recognized as a Tier 1 “Leading Lawyer” in The Legal 500 United States guide in M&A/Corporate and Commercial: Shareholder Activism – Advice to Shareholders since 2020 and previously was recognized as a “Recommended Lawyer” in the same category, 2019

• Named to the Top Women in Dealmaking list by The Deal, 2023

• Named one of the top 13 attorneys in the shareholder activism space by Business Insider, 2022

• Named to the New York Metro Super Lawyers list since 2022

• Named among the “Notable Diverse Leaders in Law” by Crain’s New York Business, 2022

• Named among the “Notable Women in Law” by Crain’s New York Business in 2019, 2020 and 2023

• Awarded “Deal of the Year” and “Activist Campaign of the Year” by The Deal for representation of George Feldenkreis in his nomination of directors and successful unsolicited acquisition of Perry Ellis

Lawyer Rankings

United States > M&A/corporate and commercial > Shareholder activism

(Leading lawyers: Advice to shareholders)

Elizabeth Gonzalez-SussmanOlshan Frome Wolosky LLP

Olshan Frome Wolosky LLP continues to be a standout firm for shareholder activism, routinely serving as counsel to the most prominent investors in the market and involved both in complex matters and in a high volume of mandates. The department is a veteran of all types of activist campaigns, including cross-border work, advising on strategy and campaign management for clients navigating myriad issues. The versatile team is chaired by Andrew Freedman, a pre-eminent figure in shareholder-side activism advice, representing many of the most prolific activist investors and investment funds, as well as newly launched activist investment firms. Vice-chairs Elizabeth Gonzalez-Sussman and Ryan Nebel are further figures to note; Nebel excels in contentious and complex matters, and Gonzalez-Sussman has recently acted in unsolicited acquisitions and proxy campaigns for control. Shareholder activism pioneer and chair emeritus Steve Wolosky is another team member with vast experience, and Meagan Reda and Kenneth Mantel also stand out.