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Mr. Stephen D. Susman

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Phone: (212) ***-****  
Susman Godfrey LLP
Suite 5100 1000 Louisiana
Houston , Texas 77002
United States

Company Description: For more than thirty years, Susman Godfrey has focused its nationally recognized practice on just one thing: high-stakes commercial litigation. We are one of the...   more

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  • J.D.
    University of Texas
  • B.A.
    Yale University
  • B.A.
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The Trial Lawyers for High-stakes Commercial Litigation, 10 April 2015 [cached]
Texas Law Review Creates Scholarship in Honor of Susman Godfrey Founder Stephen Susman
On March 28, 2015, the Texas Law Review Association honored Stephen Susman for his fifty-year commitment to the Texas Law Review by endowing a scholarship in his name.
Law360 has named founding Susman Godfrey partner Stephen D. Susman a "Titan of the Plaintiffs Bar."
Partners Stephen D. Susman, Marc M. Seltzer, Barry C. Barnett, Warren T. Burns and Joseph S. Grinstein were recognized in the guide's U.S. Plaintiffs section.
The American Lawyer's Careerist Blog Features Guest Column by Susman Godfrey Founder Stephen Susman
In a recent guest blog post for The American Lawyer's Careerist column, Stephen Susman described how Susman Godfrey gives new associates significant responsibility early on and as a result achieves better results for our clients.
"Monsanto has failed our ..., 3 June 2013 [cached]
"Monsanto has failed our nation's wheat farmers," said Stephen Susman , Susman Godfrey's lead attorney on the case.
Stephen Susman , founder of Susman Godfrey, along with Warren Burns , Terry Oxford , and Daniel Charest make up the Susman Godfrey team representing Plaintiff Ernest Barnes.
Attorney Stephen D. Susman ..., 5 Nov 2013 [cached]
Attorney Stephen D. Susman and University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) Development Board member, has been honored with the George A. Katz Torch of Learning Award by the American Friends of The Hebrew University (AFHU). Stephen D. Susman
The Torch of Learning Award is presented annually to a distinguished member or members of the legal community in recognition of outstanding leadership, scholarship and dedication to society.
"Mr. Susman's efforts in public service and community activism have been especially felt at UTHealth.
Susman has been a pioneer of alternative fee agreements that pay trial lawyers (both for plaintiffs and defendants) for results, not effort. In 1980, he founded Susman Godfrey, the first firm in the country to limit its specialty to commercial civil litigation representing both sides of the docket. The firm now has 100 lawyers in offices in Houston, Dallas, Seattle, Los Angeles and New York. "Who's Who Legal: The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers" twice named Susman the Leading Commercial Litigator in the World, and The National Law Journal featured him as one of the nation's top ten litigators.
In addition to his work on the UTHealth Development Board, Susman serves on the boards of the Yale Art Gallery, the American Constitution Society, The University of Texas Law School Foundation, the University of Houston Law School Foundation, the Supreme Court Historical Society and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer. He is a member of the ADL Executive Committee and serves as the Chair of its Extremism Center. In addition, he is a life member of the American Law Institute and the American Board of Trial Advocates.
Susman graduated from Yale University and The University of Texas School of Law, after which he clerked for Justice Hugo Black on the United States Supreme Court. He and his wife, Ellen, split their time between New York and Houston, states in which their their children and grandchildren also reside.
Stephen D. Susman, partner with Susman Godfrey, Houston & New York Offices, 27 Feb 2014 [cached]
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Stephen D. Susman, partner with Susman Godfrey, Houston & New York Offices
Stephen D. Susman Partner 1000 Louisiana, Suite 5100 Houston, Texas 77002-5096 560 Lexington Avenue, 15th Floor New York, New York 10022-6828
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Recognized as one of the most successful plaintiff's attorneys in the United States, Stephen Susman has built an unparalleled history of legal victory on an extremely straightforward idea - he gets paid for results not effort. Although his career can be measured in many ways - the dozens of professional awards he has received, the very successful firm he has built, his remarkable record of winning very high-profile cases, working for plaintiffs against an array of large corporate interests, his defense work for select corporate and individual clients, it can all be traced back to Susman's deep-rooted belief that his compensation should come from getting results.
Honored as one of the nation's Top 10 litigators the The National Law Journal (June 5, 2006) issue, Susman is among a highly select group to have been included in The Best Lawyers in America for 25 years. The Business Insider, Law Review (January 20, 2010 issue), named him one of the eleven lawyers you definitely do not want to see across the aisle. Jury consultant, Don Vinson, in his book America's Top Trial Lawyers, ranks Susman among the 14 best trial lawyers in the United States and International Commercial Litigation's worldwide annual poll of lawyers ranked Susman as the Litigator of the Year and then top litigator in the United States in two separate years. [Click here to see articles, references, list of trials, or letters of recommendation from clients.]
Recognized by clients and peers as being among the top 483 litigators of the world, Susman has appeared again on The International Who's Who of Lawyers 2012 list. Susmanhas been consistently hailed as one of the Top 10 lawyers in Texas (2003-2013) by Texas Super Lawyers.
Susman first established his national reputation when he won a landmark victory as a plaintiff's attorney in 1980 with an award of more than $550 million to victims of a nationwide price-fixing conspiracy, the largest jury verdict of its time. Throughout his career he has represented both plaintiffs and defendants ranging from Northop in its suit against McDonnel Douglas over the F-18 jet fighter, House Speaker Jim Wright in his ethics battle, the Hunt brothers in the largest lender liability case in history, and the state of Arkansas in a milk price-fixing case. Click here to view his bio on iam.
A native Houstonian from a highly respected family of lawyers, Susman worked his way through Yale University, graduating magna cum laude. Returning to his home state and the University of Texas Law School, he was Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review and graduated first in his class, with the highest grade point average in the school's history.
After serving as law clerk to The Honorable John R. Brown of the Fifth Circuit Court of appeals, Susman clerked for the United States Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black.
A biography of Justice Black revealed that Susman was the first law clerk whom Black trusted to draft opinions for him. In his early career path, Susman joined a large Houston firm and became a partner, took a year's leave of absence to teach law at the University of Texas, and hit on the magic niche that led to a new style of law practice representing plaintiffs in complex commercial disputes. In 1980, he founded Susman Godfrey, the first firm in this part of the country to limit its specialty to commercial litigation. Susman Godfrey has 90 lawyers in Houston, Dallas, Seattle, Los Angeles, and New York. In 2005, the firm was chosen by the American Lawyer as one of the top two litigation boutiques in the country.
Over the years, Susman has continued to be recognized in many different ways. He was among four of the best trial lawyers in the country selected to compete in the "Best of the Best Shoot-Out" at the Litigation Section of the American Bar Association's annual meeting. After final arguments by each top lawyer, the 30 person jury voted unanimously for Susman as the most persuasive. (Click here to view the video.)
Susman was featured in John Jenkins' best seller, The Litigators, and Texas Lawyer placed him among the ten "whose actions had the greatest impact on the Texas legal profession from 1985 to 1995.
Although the stakes are high and the challenges immense in his private practice, that doesn't stop Susman from tirelessly pursuing issues of justice and reform. Teaching lawyers around the world effective advocacy, instituting reforms in the civil justice system, improving jury comprehension, streamlining class actions, and promoting efficient trials are top priorities in his dedication to law. He is known for the Susman Agreements promoted by his website A board-certified civil trial specialist, Susman serves on the national board of the American Board of Trial Advocates and is co-chair of its Jury Trial Committee. He is on the Advisory Board of the Center of Civil Justice at NYU Law School, the Federal Judicial Evaluation Committee and co-chair of the Judicial Nominations Task Force of the American Constitution Society. He also serves as co-chair of the Aspen Institute's Justice Circle.
Susman detailed how his firm reduces risk through careful and thorough case evaluation, negotiating fee agreements, and handling cases to minimize depreciation and risk.Click here to read full text.
Although I was generally familiar with Steve and Susman Godfrey through my involvement with major litigation, and their general reputation for excellence in the legal community, I did not meet Steve and his team until my involvement with the Chrysler bankruptcy.
When Steve Susman and Stephen Shackelford showed up to our arbitration, it was obvious that we had picked the right lawyers.
Steve Susman's cross-examination of the primary adverse witness was masterful. We don't have a result yet, but win or lose, I am sure that Steve Susman gave us the very best opportunity to win. We are very pleased and certainly understand why Steve is considered one of the finest trial lawyers in the country.
Working with Steve Susman and the firm's other lawyers in New York and Los Angeles, PSI was able to craft both a defense as well as assert counterclaims which ultimately enabled a settlement of the law suit.
Steve, my Dad is smiling.
Steve Susman, Esq.? Susman Godfrey ? 1000 Louisiana, Suite 5100 ? Houston TX 77002-5096
Stephen D. Susman, Esq. Susman Godfrey LLP? 1000 Louisiana? Suite 5100 Houston TX 77002
Stephen D. Susman, Esq.? Susman Godfrey LLP? 1000 Louisiana Suite 5100? Houston TX 77002
Steve Susman, Mark Wawro and their team of professionals and staff were extraordinary, particularly in the areas of trial preparation and organization, witness preparation and trial execution.
Cavalry Investments, LLC retained Susman, Godfrey to represent Cavalry as plaintiff in a breach of contract case and to date has worked with them for a period of nearly two years culminating in a jury trial in July, 2003.
Susman's performance (and the jury award!) surpassed every expectation. Cavalry has been represented by some of the largest and best-known firms in the United States and none of them have provided the same levels of experience, skill, effort and results that we got from Susman, Godfrey.
I would recommend Susman, Godfrey without reservation to anyone who is interested in exceptional representation. Litigation does not always have a certain outcome but Susman, Godfrey's hard work, skill, and attention to every detail can tip the odds in your favor!
Mr. Steve Susman ? Susman Godfrey 1000 Louisiana? Suite 5100 Houston TX 77002-5096
Hughes retained Steve Susman last year to defend the Company in a hotly contested, multi-billion dollar fraud arbitration before a panel of three arbitrators - a former United States Attorney General and two retired Federal Circuit Judges. The arbitration concluded last week. While we have no decision yet, this should not detract from my assessment of his and his associates' performance. They were magnificent.
Steve Susman combines an intensity of focus and purpose, great courtroom presence and the very best skills of an accomplished trial lawyer. He is up to date in his<
City of Syracuse Offers Technical Assistance to CDBG Agencies | Apter & O'Connor, 5 July 2013 [cached]
Steve Susman, former Executive Director of the Westcott Community Center joins Apter & O'Connor to provide Resource Development Consultant Services for community based organizations that receive US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding.
We are delighted about this collaboration with Mr. Susman who brings 37 years of experience in grant writing and reporting, non-profit management and board development.
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