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Stephen D. Susman

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Dallas, Texas,75201

United States

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Founded in 1958, ABOTA is a national association of experienced trial lawyers and judges. ABOTA and its members are dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the civil jury trial right provided by the Seventh Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. ABOTA memb...more

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Susman Godfrey LLP

Founder


NYU

Founder


American Constitution Society

Member of the Board of Advisors


Texas Supreme Court Advisory Committee

Chair


Westcott Community Center

Executive Director


Yale University

Board Member


Federal Judicial Evaluation Committee

Advisory Board of the Center of Civil Justice


National Tort Museum

Board Member


City of Syracuse - Mayor's Office

Member of Citizens Cabinet


American Law Institute

Life Member


University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Development

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The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer

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Supreme Court Historical Society

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Daily Agenda

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trialbyagreement.com

Founder


Literacy Coalition of Onondaga County

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The Sedona Conference

Advisory Board Member


U.S. Public Service Academy

Board of Advisors Member


National Foundation for Jewish Culture

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Inside Litigation magazine

Chairman of the Advisory Board


Phoenix House

Board Member


Lawyers Committee for Human Rights

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The Student Conservation Association Inc

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The University of Texas School of Law


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Yale


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University of Texas


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Stephen D. Susman - Susman Godfrey L.L.P.

www.susmangodfrey.com [cached]

Stephen D. Susman
Partner Houston Office Phone: (713) 478-6444 Email Download vCard Print Bio to PDF Stephen D. Susman Partner STEPHEN D. SUSMAN, P.C., born Houston, Texas; admitted to Bars of Texas, District of Columbia, New York, and Colorado. 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 Chambers USA for over 10 years in The Best Lawyers in America for over 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 (Law Business Research Ltd.). Susman has been consistently hailed as one of the Top 10 lawyers in Texas (2003-2013) by Texas Super Lawyers (Thompson Reuters). 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 TrialbyAgreement.com. 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. [ Click here and here to view articles describing Steve's latest project with NYU.] Susman was profiled by The Brunswick Review in 2016 where he discussed the media and the benefit of challening conventional wesdom. 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 use of technology, which he also uses to keep the client informed at every stage of the proceedings. Steve, you have brought Harry along very well and your fatherly pride in his accomplishments as an attorney are well justified. Steve, you said to me early on, "What you and your sister need is a gladiator to go to court and wage your war for you. And that is exactly what you did. When Judge Nichols, before the trail began, indeed at a time when we thought we might never get to trial, allowed three of the opposing attorneys and only you, Steve, into his conference room, I became upset. I said, "Here we go again; they are going to bully us again. Immediately, Trey said to me, "Don't worry, Florence, having Steve in there is live having four guys representing you." You knew which documents Steve, Neal, Trey or Harry needed before they asked. Steve and Neal, when we first met that Sunday this past May, I would not have believed that you could have accomplished what you did. As you may or may not know, I asked Cyrus Marter, your noble associate, on many occasions, are you sure Steve can get up to speed on such short notice? You see, Steve, I will be fifty in a few weeks and after 20 months it has become clearer to me that when a set of lawyers fight their hearts out on a case that they believe has little or no chance this is the real measure of representation. It is for these later reasons I write with the greatest conviction that anyone that wants the very best chance of winning in a courtroom shoot-out must hire Steve (Wyatt Earp) Susman, Neal (Doc Holiday) Manne and Skip (Virgil Earp) Marter as their advocates. It is for these later reasons I write with the greatest conviction that anyone that wants the very best chance of winning in a courtroom shoot-out must hire Steve (Wyatt Earp) Susman, Neal (Doc Holiday) Manne and Skip (Virgil Earp) Marter as their advocates. Integrity - Steve Susman makes his promises, convictions, doubts and opinions very clear, unencumbered with legalese or the all too familiar cant of those seeking to avoid responsibility. He never fails to do what he says he will. And he does it on time. Intellect - Steve Susman is possessed of an extraordinary legal mind, the strategic vision of a field marshall, and the instincts of a street fighter. Passion - Steve Susman bristles with passion, and is able to articulate it with an admixture of rage and reason, compassion and cogency that makes me believe he must be related to Demosthenes. My principal witness was a Wall Street investment banker from a world Steve Susman probably never knew, Old New York. They got along wonderfully. Indeed, my witness believes Steve Susman is the only lawyer to have in litigation period. Steve's greatest challenge may have been that he took over my case after the "litigation" department of a major Wall Street firm had managed it for six years. As you might expect, egos were involved. Incredibly, I had learned only after years of seemingly endless and purposeless depositions and paper shuffling that my "litigators" had never been in a jury trial! Notwithstanding that, they relished the idea of getting their feet wet on a high profile case - my case. In retrospect, Susman's firm could have gotten me to the same place for a quarter the cost, would have chosen a better forum (my "litigators" had selected one that required a unanimous jury; I'm not kidding), and probably could have elicited a settlement years earlier. Colleagues - Steve Susman was supported by his partner Neal Manne, who, if it is possible, is every bit as formidable as Steve. Colleagues - Steve Susman was supported by his partner Neal Manne, who, if it is possible, is every bit as formidable as Steve. During my experience with Steve, I dubbed him the "Epitomal American". Picker hired the Susman Godfrey law firm because of Steve Susman. We were then defendants in a lawsuit for over one year which had escalated to a $1.5 billion antitrust allegation. We were concerned with the progress and proposed tactics of our long-term, outside legal counsel, one of the largest in the U.S. We sought the best antitrust attorneys in the U.S.; Steve was contacted and agreed to help us. Susman Godfrey entered our case with slightly more than six months to trial date. In a short period of time, Steve and his team were able to assimilate technical and business history spanning ten years. My first exposure to Steve Susman was in the middle of my sixteen-hour video deposition by the plaintiff's attorney. Until that time, our depositions had been guarded and tentative. Our original legal counsel had cautioned us and we behaved defensively and appeared unsure of our position. After Steve's involvement, the tenor of my deposition as well as others' changed to a much more confident, aggressive stance. Steve's presence and guidance helped us understand and recognize the firm ground from the quicksand. Because of personal involvement and business responsibility, I was Picker's corporate representative in federal court. During the five-week trial and one-week jury deliberation, I had the opportunity to work with Steve and his team in court and during the long evening hours of preparation.


Stephen D. Susman - Susman Godfrey L.L.P.

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Stephen D. Susman
Partner Houston Office Phone: (713) 478-6444 Email Download vCard Print Bio to PDF Stephen D. Susman Partner STEPHEN D. SUSMAN, P.C., born Houston, Texas; admitted to Bars of Texas, District of Columbia, New York, and Colorado. 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 Chambers USA for over 10 years in The Best Lawyers in America for over 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 (Law Business Research Ltd.). Susman has been consistently hailed as one of the Top 10 lawyers in Texas (2003-2013) by Texas Super Lawyers (Thompson Reuters). 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 TrialbyAgreement.com. 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. [ Click here and here to view articles describing Steve's latest project with NYU.] Susman was profiled by The Brunswick Review in 2016 where he discussed the media and the benefit of challening conventional wesdom. 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 use of technology, which he also uses to keep the client informed at every stage of the proceedings. Steve, you have brought Harry along very well and your fatherly pride in his accomplishments as an attorney are well justified. Steve, you said to me early on, "What you and your sister need is a gladiator to go to court and wage your war for you. And that is exactly what you did. When Judge Nichols, before the trail began, indeed at a time when we thought we might never get to trial, allowed three of the opposing attorneys and only you, Steve, into his conference room, I became upset. I said, "Here we go again; they are going to bully us again. Immediately, Trey said to me, "Don't worry, Florence, having Steve in there is live having four guys representing you." You knew which documents Steve, Neal, Trey or Harry needed before they asked. Steve and Neal, when we first met that Sunday this past May, I would not have believed that you could have accomplished what you did. As you may or may not know, I asked Cyrus Marter, your noble associate, on many occasions, are you sure Steve can get up to speed on such short notice? You see, Steve, I will be fifty in a few weeks and after 20 months it has become clearer to me that when a set of lawyers fight their hearts out on a case that they believe has little or no chance this is the real measure of representation. It is for these later reasons I write with the greatest conviction that anyone that wants the very best chance of winning in a courtroom shoot-out must hire Steve (Wyatt Earp) Susman, Neal (Doc Holiday) Manne and Skip (Virgil Earp) Marter as their advocates. It is for these later reasons I write with the greatest conviction that anyone that wants the very best chance of winning in a courtroom shoot-out must hire Steve (Wyatt Earp) Susman, Neal (Doc Holiday) Manne and Skip (Virgil Earp) Marter as their advocates. Integrity - Steve Susman makes his promises, convictions, doubts and opinions very clear, unencumbered with legalese or the all too familiar cant of those seeking to avoid responsibility. He never fails to do what he says he will. And he does it on time. Intellect - Steve Susman is possessed of an extraordinary legal mind, the strategic vision of a field marshall, and the instincts of a street fighter. Passion - Steve Susman bristles with passion, and is able to articulate it with an admixture of rage and reason, compassion and cogency that makes me believe he must be related to Demosthenes. My principal witness was a Wall Street investment banker from a world Steve Susman probably never knew, Old New York. They got along wonderfully. Indeed, my witness believes Steve Susman is the only lawyer to have in litigation period. Steve's greatest challenge may have been that he took over my case after the "litigation" department of a major Wall Street firm had managed it for six years. As you might expect, egos were involved. Incredibly, I had learned only after years of seemingly endless and purposeless depositions and paper shuffling that my "litigators" had never been in a jury trial! Notwithstanding that, they relished the idea of getting their feet wet on a high profile case - my case. In retrospect, Susman's firm could have gotten me to the same place for a quarter the cost, would have chosen a better forum (my "litigators" had selected one that required a unanimous jury; I'm not kidding), and probably could have elicited a settlement years earlier. Colleagues - Steve Susman was supported by his partner Neal Manne, who, if it is possible, is every bit as formidable as Steve. Colleagues - Steve Susman was supported by his partner Neal Manne, who, if it is possible, is every bit as formidable as Steve. During my experience with Steve, I dubbed him the "Epitomal American". Picker hired the Susman Godfrey law firm because of Steve Susman. We were then defendants in a lawsuit for over one year which had escalated to a $1.5 billion antitrust allegation. We were concerned with the progress and proposed tactics of our long-term, outside legal counsel, one of the largest in the U.S. We sought the best antitrust attorneys in the U.S.; Steve was contacted and agreed to help us. Susman Godfrey entered our case with slightly more than six months to trial date. In a short period of time, Steve and his team were able to assimilate technical and business history spanning ten years. My first exposure to Steve Susman was in the middle of my sixteen-hour video deposition by the plaintiff's attorney. Until that time, our depositions had been guarded and tentative. Our original legal counsel had cautioned us and we behaved defensively and appeared unsure of our position. After Steve's involvement, the tenor of my deposition as well as others' changed to a much more confident, aggressive stance. Steve's presence and guidance helped us understand and recognize the firm ground from the quicksand. Because of personal involvement and business responsibility, I was Picker's corporate representative in federal court. During the five-week trial and one-week jury deliberation, I had the opportunity to work with Steve and his team in court and during the long evening hours of preparation. Steve Susman and I first met in Houston, Texas, in December 1988 after my company had been served with a complex lawsuit by one of our ex-distributors claiming breach of contract, along with many other charges of a very serious nature. The amount of damages claimed was not specified, but it was abundantly clear that this was a multimillion dollar action. At the time of our meeting, I was looking for the toughest, most successful trial lawyer in Texas, and following a few minutes of preliminary dialogue, I knew I had found my man in Steve Susman. From that point in time, I put myself completely in his hands, because it was clear from the beginning that there could be only one team leader in this situation and that would be Susman. I never, at any time, during the following two years had occasion to regret or even question this decision. Steve took total responsibility and command of the situation and led us through an extremely grueling and tough two-year period involving numerous depositions and production of documents. Throughout this time I got to know Steve quite well, and my admiration for the quality of his work and his tenacity in seeking out the facts and the unadulterated truth just kept increasing. However, it was during the actual trial that I truly observed the master at work. Steve handled every witness with great skill, extracting from them, sometimes under relentless pressure, good, solid, factual testimony. I saw the jurors follow his every move in that courtroom listening intently to his penetrating examination of the witnesses, both friendly and hostile. His final argument before the jury had them literally sitting on the edge of their seats, and I personally had to restrain myself from standing up to applaud. Steve was with me--totally engrossed in this lawsuit from day one--sharing with me those agonizing days, hours and minutes watching anxiously for the jury to return their verdict. Neither of us ever lost faith in our case or each other throughout the entire two-year period, right up to the moment when we hugged each other with joy after the jury delivered an extremely favorable verdict for us, and to crown it all, it came on Saint Valentine's Day, February 14, 1991. To sum up, let me say this: If my company is ever again involved in a lawsuit of this significance, no matter where it is in North America, the first person I will call without hesitation is Steve Susman. You see, Steve is my kind of lawyer. Sunrise Systems, Inc. hired the Susman Godfrey law firm because of the outstanding reputation of Steve Susman, his colleagues, and the firm's support organization. Each element performed up to, or exceeded the very high expectations we hoped for in this case. Although his partners Richard Drubel and Ophelia Camina had been involved in preparing the case for trial, Mr. Susman entered our case slightly more than one week before the trial date. In that short period of time, Steve was able to assimilate technical information involving the laptop computer at issue and business history spanning several years. I was Sunrise's corporate representative in the federal court trial. During the three-week trial, I had the opportunity to work with Steve and his team in court and during the long evening hours of preparation. We could not have reached his result without Steve Susman and his focused attention to detail, organization and effective presentation. Steve defended Texas Instruments in a lawsuit filed by the electronics giant Samsung in Fort Bend County, Texas. He won the lawsuit and made TI a winner. Steve is a veteran trial lawyer whose energy level and enthusiasm for winning will not leave you chewing your nails at night. He is a delight to work with in the heat of battle, and has an awesome courtroom presence.


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University of Houston Law Center Foundation Board Member Stephen D. Susman will receive the Torch of Learning Award
Law | American Friends of Hebrew University University of Houston Law Center Foundation Board Member Stephen D. Susman will receive the Torch of Learning Award University of Houston Law Center Foundation Board Member Stephen D. Susman will receive the Torch of Learning Award Stephen D. Susman 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. 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, M.D. Anderson and the University of Texas Health Science Center. 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.


2007 Board Bios — NFJC

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Steve Susman - Houston, TX
Steve Susman founded the nationally recognized and highly successful layfirm of Susman Godfrey L.L.P. (www.susmangodfrey.com) in 1980, focused exclusively on commercial litigation. Considered one of the best trial lawyers in America , Steve also teaches lawyers around the world effective advocacy, has instituted reforms in the civil justice system, and through ABA Task Forces on which he serves, has improved jury comprehension, streamlined class actions, and promoted efficient trials. Steve is currently chairman of the Discovery Subcommittee of the Texas Supreme Court's Advisory Committee, and has been instrumental in discovery rule revisions. He is also Chairman of the Advisory Board of Inside Litigation magazine, and is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. Steve received his B.A. from Yale and his J.D. from the University of Texas graduating with highest honors.


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American Lawyer Names Stephen D. Susman 'Lifetime Achiever' Susman Godfrey American Lawyer Names Stephen D. Susman 'Lifetime Achiever' August 17, 2016 - Firm founder Stephen D. Susman has been honored as a "Lifetime Achiever" by American Lawyer. The publication selected only six attorneys this year that "have had extraordinary careers at some of the country's most prominent law firms and other legal institutions, and whose public service contributions have had far-reaching impact." A Houston native, Susman is routinely recognized as one of the most successful plaintiff's attorneys in the country. He founded Susman Godfrey in 1980 on the back of a $550 million-plus landmark victory he won as a plaintiff's attorney for the victims of a nationwide price-fixing conspiracy. It was the largest jury verdict of its time. Susman went on to be a forerunner in the use of contingency fees in big commercial litigation. His goal, he says, was to focus on results instead of billable hours. His innovative model not only built a litigation powerhouse but inspired a growing number of Am Law 200 firms to embrace the risks and rewards of contingency fees. Steve has devised and promoted real-world mechanisms to bring more civility to litigation and trials. He has taught lawyers around the country about effective advocacy, crafted and lobbied successfully for reforms in the civil justice system, advocated for creative ways to improve jury comprehension, and helped make trials more efficient and affordable. As long as I have known him, Steve always wanted to have a big impact on the legal field as a whole, and he has succeeded brilliantly." Susman also created the Susman Agreements - a list of pretrial and trial agreements - available at TrialbyAgreement.com. A board-certified civil trial specialist, he serves on the national board of the American Board of Trial Advocates and is co-chair of its Jury Trial Committee. Last year Susman donated $2 million to establish and fund The Civil Jury Project at NYU Law School, where he serves as the Project's Executive Director. He also serves 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. Steve receives this momentous honor just one year after being named a 'Lifetime Achiever' by Texas Lawyer magazine - to win these honors back to back is an unparalleled achievement.


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