Susman Godfrey L.L.P. at a Glance


  • “Early responsibility”
  • “Short partnership track”
  • “More good work opportunities and autonomy here than elsewhere”


  • “Long hours”
  • “Less-than-effective use of technology”
  • “Extensive travel”

About Susman Godfrey L.L.P.

Since its inception more than 30 years ago, Susman Godfrey has quickly established itself as one of the country's premiere litigation firms. Its nationwide trial practice is diverse, but many of the firm's largest clients come from the energy and technology sectors.

Contingency Pioneers

In 1980, Steve Susman formed a Houston firm following his success in the Corrugate Containers case, the largest verdict in antitrust history at the time. Susman was soon joined by Lee Godfrey in 1982. The two had a vision of trying commercial cases on contingency, a practice then largely confined to personal injury cases.

The firm has reaped the benefits of this high-risk/high-return model by carefully selecting its cases and winning some of the largest jury verdicts in the country. In the 1990s, the firm's contingency fee model transformed into an entire spectrum of alternative fees, from reverse contingent fees on the defense side, to flat fees and hybrids with both fixed and contingent components.  Susman Godfrey's roster of recent contingent fee successes includes: the Toyota Economic Loss Class Action Regarding Unintended Acceleration; the Vitamin C Antitrust Class Action; Sky v. Microsoft; Assured Guaranty v. Flagstar; TMST v. Barclays; The Lincoln Life and Annuity Company of New York v. Jonathan S. Berck, as trustee, et al.; and LyondellBasell/Allianz. 

There is no costly pyramid structure at Susman Godfrey with a two-to-one ratio between partners and associates.  The litigation star has 107 lawyers in five offices--its Houston headquarters, a smaller Dallas branch that will close in 2016, and rapidly growing offices in Los Angeles, New York and Seattle. With its legal firepower, the firm handles truly megawatt cases across the country.

Theater of Law

In recruiting attorneys, the firm focuses on hiring the best students coming out of the country's best law schools: a majority of its attorneys were members of their schools' law reviews and nearly all clerked for federal judges (including eight for justices of the U.S. Supreme Court). If you make partner at the firm, you'll be fitted for a pair of genuine Texas cowboy boots, per firm tradition.

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Susman Godfrey L.L.P.

1000 Louisiana
Suite 5100
Houston, TX 77002-5096
Phone: (713) 651-9366
Fax: (713) 654-6666


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Managing Partners: Stephen D. Susman and Neal Manne
  • Hiring Partner: David Peterson
  • Total No. Attorneys 2015: 113

  • Employment Contact
    Kimberly Young
    Attorney Development Manager
    Phone: (713) 653-7867

  • Base Salary
    1st year: $175,000
    2nd year: $175,000
    3rd year: $185,000
    4th year: $210,000
    5th year: $230,000
    6th year: $250,000
    7th year: $265,000
    Summer associate: $3,200/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    12 out of 13 (2014)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Business Disputes
    Class Action & Aggregate Litigation
    Energy & Environmental
    Intellectual Property
    Shareholder & Securities

Major Office Locations

  • Houston, TX (HQ)
  • Dallas, TX
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • New York, NY
  • Seattle, WA

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