Susman Godfrey LLP

Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Broad-ranging and highly respected litigation practice with a policy of recruiting attorneys with previous clerking experience. Acts for both plaintiffs and defendants on a wide range of commercial litigation matters, including in the antitrust, IP and oil and gas spaces. Frequently takes on complex bet-the-company cases for its list of prestigious clients. Boasts an impressive number of Fortune 500 companies on its client roster.

Strengths The firm is described as "an extremely talented group" by commentators.

One source deems it a "very good and results-driven" firm.

Work highlights Successfully secured a $25 million jury verdict on behalf of the founder and CEO of Jibe Audio in a dispute with Beats Electronics and others over unpaid royalties for his role in creating the Beats headphones.

Notable practitioners

Barry Barnett is "very practical, good at cutting to the key issues and has a good manner in court," according to a client. He handles the full gamut of commercial disputes on behalf of plaintiffs and defendants.

Geoffrey Harrison has a robust litigation practice, which includes representing clients in the energy industry. Interviewees commend his ability to "get good results" and note that he is "relentless in the courtroom."

The "super-smart" Harry Susman has developed an impressive reputation as a commercial litigator. He acts on behalf of plaintiffs and defendants in high-stakes business disputes.

Mark Wawro is "wicked smart and a good person to work with" according to interviewees. He has a strong track record of handling commercial disputes on behalf of plaintiffs and defendants.

Neal Manne is widely recognized in the market as "an exceptional trial lawyer." He acts for an enviable client base in business-critical disputes, including antitrust and commercial litigation. Interviewees regard him as "a remarkably bright and analytical lawyer."