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Susman Godfrey L.L.P. is a law firm founded in Houston, Texas. The firm has been recognized by Vault as the No. 1 boutique litigation law firm in the U.S.

Susman Godfrey employs more than 90 attorneys in five offices throughout the U.S. The firm provides legal solutions in the areas of antitrust; arbitration; bankruptcy; business disputes; class action and aggregate litigation; employment law; energy; environmental law; intellectual property; shareholders law; and securities.

The firm is known for high-stakes commercial litigation and has won some of the largest verdicts in the nation. Nearly all of its attorneys have held federal clerkships.

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The firm was founded in 1980 by Stephen Susman. Susman developed a business model that was unique at the time to commercial litigation firms - take cases on a contingency fee basis. In 1982, Susman was joined by Lee Godfrey and both serve as co-managing partners. In September 2011, the firm announced Neal Manne as its third co-managing partner as part of Susman Godfrey's leadership succession plan.

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Notable Cases

In 1980, the firm won the largest antitrust verdict ever at the time in the Corrugated Containers case, a price-fixing suit against 37 corrugated container manufacturers. It recovered $500 million on behalf of plaintiffs as a result of settlements and a verdict after a three-month jury trial.

In October 2009, a Dallas County State District Court judge upheld a $182 million verdict in a contracts case against NL Industries, its CEO Harold Simmons and subsidiary NL Environmental Services. Susman Godfrey was co-counsel to clients Efficasey Environmental, Highland Environmental Management and Industrial Recovery Capital Holdings Company.

The firm won a $58 million judgment in Masimo v. Tyco Healthcare Group, an antitrust case involving exclusionary contracting practices in the U.S. market for pulse oximetry products. The trial court upheld the jury's liability findings, but ordered a new trial on damages. After the subsequent re-trial, the trial court awarded Masimo, Susman Godfrey's client, a final judgment of $43.5 million in damages in June 2007, as well as attorneys' fees. The judgment was affirmed on appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and Masimo ultimately was awarded $58.9 million by Tyco.

The firm represented a native Alaskan coastal village in Native Village of Kivalina v. ExxonMobil Corporation. In February 2008, Susman Godfrey filed a climate change lawsuit against five oil companies, 14 electric utilities and the nation's largest coal producer for damages suffered by the village that is being forced to relocate itself as a result of flooding brought on by the changing Arctic climate. The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California dismissed the suit on preemption grounds on October 15, 2009. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the dismissal on September 21, 2012.

The firm served as legal co-counsel to the Texas Clean Air Cities Coalition, a group of mayors representing 17 Texas cities and led by Dallas Mayor Laura Miller and Houston Mayor Bill White. The firm won the reversal of a Texas Commission on Environmental Quality order granting a permit for the Las Brisas Energy Center to build a 1,200 megawatt power plant within a few miles of downtown Corpus Christi.

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  • Vault: Ranked first in Litigation Boutiques category in the U.S., 2013; ranked fourth in Best Law Firms in Texas category, 2013
  • BTI Consulting: BTI Client Service-A-Team, 2012
  • Benchmark Litigation: Highly Recommended Firm, 2012
  • Corporate Counsel: Go-To Law Firm for the Top 500 Companies, 2012
  • Intellectual Asset Management: Named one of "The World's Leading Patent Litigators," IAM Patent Litigation 250, 2011.
  • Lawyers World: Lawyers World Annual Jurisdiction Award, 2011
  • The Trial Lawyer: Named a 2011 member of The Forum: America's 25 Most Influential Law Firms, 2011
  • ACQ Finance: Commercial Litigation Law Firm of the Year, 2009, 2008
  • The American Lawyer: Ranked in the Top 10 on the Associates Survey: Partners Relations with Associates, 2009
  • The American Lawyer: Ranked in the Top 10 on the Associates Survey: Management Openness about Finances and Strategies, 2009
  • The National Law Journal: Pro Bono Awards, 2008
  • Chambers USA: No. 1 ranking in Antitrust and Litigation: General Commercial in the state of Texas, 2006
  • The American Lawyer: Litigation Boutique of the Year, 2005

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