Mark and Dana Susson

Mark was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He moved to southern California with his parents in 1968. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California at Irvine (UCI) in Economics in 1976. Thereafter, he attended law school at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, CA, receiving his Juris Doctorate in 1979. The Sussons have lived in Irvine or Newport Beach since that time, and Mark has maintained a law practice in the field of personal injury. His law firm,Smith & Susson, LLP, is located in Newport Beach.

Dana was born in Orange County, California. She also obtained her Bachelor’s Degree at UCI in English Literature in 1976. Mark and Dana met their senior year of college at UCI. Dana also received her Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School in 1979. Mark and Dana married in May 1979, a few days after completing their last law school finals. Dana practiced for twenty (20) years in the field of medical malpractice defense, and presently sits as a defense arbitrator in binding medical malpractice Arbitrations.

Mark and Dana have two adult children: Matthew, age 26, a graduate of UCLA; and Sarah, age 24, a graduate of University of California, Santa Barbara.

Mark and Dana are active in Jewish community activities and philanthropy. They both serve on the Board of Directors of the JCC; Dana serves on the Board of Directors of Women’s Philanthropy, Jewish Federation of Orange County, and was in charge of Food for the Maccabi Games held in August 2007. Both Mark and Dana serve on numerous committees which serve the Jewish community in Orange County.