Susan E. Satkowski, Esq. has been appointed the Honorary Consul of Norway in Pennsylvania
The Philadelphia Chapter of the Norwegian-American Chamber of Commerce is delighted to welcome Ms. Satkowski to the Norwegian community and is looking forward to forging a productive partnership in the years ahead, advancing Norway’s standing and business activities in Philadelphia.
NACC-Philadelphia would also like to take this opportunity to thank Erik Torp for his 17 years of service as Norwegian Honorary Consul. Mr. Torp plans to stay active in Philadelphia, continuing being involved in his various business and charity causes.
The granddaughter of Norwegian immigrants who came to the U.S. in the early part of the 20th century and settled in New York City, Ms. Satkowski is a shareholder in the law firm of Lavin, O’Neil, Cedrone and DiSipio, with offices in Philadelphia, New York and New Jersey. She began her legal career at General Motors Corporation in the Office of General Counsel. Throughout her legal career, Ms. Satkowski has represented the interests of corporations and other businesses in civil litigation from commencement of a case through appeals and in alternate forms of dispute resolution in a wide variety of types of cases, including products liability, insurance issues and commercial matters. She is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and New York State, but also has supervised litigation for clients across the U.S. in many jurisdictions. She also is admitted to practice at all levels of the federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court.
Ms. Satkowski is a 1981 graduate of the William & Mary Law School and published two articles as a member of its Law Review before graduation. She graduated summa cum laude and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa from the University at Albany of the State University of New York in 1978 with a B.S. in Economics.
Ms. Satkowski is a member of the Norwegian American Chamber of Commerce-Philadelphia Chapter and Sons of Norway. She has served on the boards of various cultural and charitable organizations. Currently, she is on the Board of the Norwegian 30K Challenge, a non-profit organization to assist U.S. veterans. She also serves as Alumni Ambassador for William & Mary Law School.
Ms. Satkowski lives in Philadelphia and is married to the Honorary Consul General for Romania in Pennsylvania, with whom she has raised two daughters who are now advancing their careers in aerospace and the online food industry. Growing up, both of Ms. Satkowski’s parents worked outside the home and as a result, she spent considerable time with her grandmother from Norway. In that very close-knit way, she learned Norwegian and about Norway’s culture, customs and cuisine, developing pride for her heritage and at the same time, for the U.S. that had welcomed her grandparents and gave them a new start in life. She has maintained close ties with her family in Norway, and as its Honorary Consul in Pennsylvania, will work to develop and strengthen relations between the countries in business, culture, and community.