Susman Godfrey LLP

For nearly 40 years Susman Godfrey LLP has focused its nationally recognised practice on high-stakes commercial litigation. The firm is one of the nation’s leading litigation boutique law firms with offices in Houston, Seattle, Los Angeles and New York. Susman Godfrey lawyers have a unique perspective, the will to win and an uncommon structure, which taken together provide the path to success.

Susman Godfrey is adept at taking on and winning high stakes IP cases. The firm’s lawyers pursue and defend against patent infringement, misappropriation of trade secrets, copyright and trademark infringement, and unfair competition claims. Over the years, Susman Godfrey has recovered nearly $1 billion on behalf of its clients for infringement or misappropriation of their intellectual property, and has provided a vigorous, efficient and effective defence to clients that are accused of violating IP rights.

Some of the firm’s most recent patent wins include:

  • A $25.25 million jury verdict on behalf of Steven Lamar in a patent and contract case dispute with Dr Dre and Jimmy Iovine over royalties he was owed for his role in creating the iconic Beats headphones.
  • Securing a jury verdict of $50.3 million for Green Mountain Glass in its patent infringement lawsuit against Ardagh Glass, Inc. The jury found Ardagh, formerly known as Saint-Gobain Containers, wilfully infringed Green Mountain’s patent 5,718,737 for technology that allows glass manufacturers to use recycled glass of mixed colours.
  • A complete victory in Tyler, Texas, on behalf of Globus Medical in spinal insert patent infringement litigation brought by Flexuspine, Inc, a local Tyler company. A jury in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas issued a defence verdict entirely in Globus Medical’s favour.

The firm’s patent practice is national. Susman Godfrey has appeared in IP cases in the US District Courts for the Northern and Central Districts of California, the Western District of Washington, the District of Delaware, the Middle District of Florida, the District of Massachusetts, the Southern District of New York and all of the Districts in Texas.

Susman Godfrey frequently works under contingent fee arrangements that enable clients to pursue cases they might otherwise be unable to pursue. Even for clients able to finance high-stakes patent litigation, contingent fee arrangements afford an opportunity to share the risk and compensate counsel for the results obtained rather than the hours that are worked. Whether pursuing claims arising from a single patent or an entire portfolio, and whether pursuing a single infringing company or engaging in a large-scale licensing and litigation programme against multiple targets, Susman Godfrey brings to bear the talents and resources necessary to achieve success for its clients under fee arrangements that provide a mutual sharing of risks and rewards.

The firm is willing and able to structure creative fee arrangements that emphasise risk-sharing and efficiency on the defence side as well, offering corporate clients the option to negotiate non-standard billing arrangements such as reverse contingent fees and flat rate fees. Given the often staggering costs of patent and other IP litigation, the ability to structure an alternative fee with a top-tier litigation law firm is often a key differentiator for clients on the defence side.

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Susman Godfrey LLP
1000 Louisiana
Suite 5100
Houston TX 77002-5096
United States

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Other offices

  • Los Angeles
  • New York
  • Seattle

Sample client list

  • Amazon
  • Expedia
  • Fractus
  • Intellectual Ventures
  • PMC
  • Steven Lamar
  • TMobile
  • TwoWay Media
  • Zillow

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