About Susman Godfrey LLP

Since its inception nearly 40 years ago, Susman Godfrey has quickly established itself as one of the country's premiere litigation firms.

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 Sudden 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. The litigation star has more than 100 attorneys in four offices-its Houston headquarters 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 nine 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.

IN THE NEWS

June 2017
Take The Money And Run

Susman Godfrey has announced that it will be paying a sign-on bonus to lateral lawyers accepting offers for future employment at the firm. Effective immediately, in addition to the firm's current structure of paying incoming lawyers an $80,000 clerkship bonus if they clerked for one federal judge, and a total of $100,000 in clerkship bonuses if they clerked for more than one federal judge, the firm will also pay incoming lawyers a $25,000 sign-on bonus.

Well Win

Susman Godfrey's trial win Apache v. W&T Offshore is included on the National Law Journal's 2016 "Top 100 Verdicts List."The October 2016 $43.2 million verdict in favor of Susman Godfrey client, Apache, received final judgement in June 2017 for $48.5 million based on the jury's $43.2 million verdict, plus $2.5 million in attorneys' fees and expenses, plus $2.8 million in prejudgment interest.  

March - June 2017
LA Leaders

Several Los Angeles attorneys have been recognized by the Los Angeles Daily Journal.  In March 2017, Partners Kalpana Srinivasan and Steven Sklaver were named 'California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year;' in May 2017, Associate Davida Brook and Partner Kalpana Srinivasan were named 'Top Women Lawyers in California;' in June 2017, Partner Steven Sklaver will be named one of the "Top Plaintiff Lawyers in California".

February 2017
Class Action Champs

Susman Godfrey was named a 'Class Action Group of The Year' by Law360. Due to its banner 2016, which was marked by over one billion dollars in settlements for a variety of plaintiffs across the U.S., the firm was one of just five law practices selected nationwide to this list, and one of just three law practices doing plaintiff-side class action work among over 600 submissions across all practice areas.

December 2016
Show Me The Money!

In December 2016, the firm made seven new partners and announced big, market-beating bonuses.  Minimum bonuses ranged from $40,000 for associates with one full year at the firm, to $120,000 for associates with six full years.  Many associates received even larger amounts, and the seven new partners each took home nearly half a million dollars in compensation.  Founder Steve Susman confirms that the firm continues its strong commitment to providing associates with greater responsibility, more money, and a faster equity partnership track than its competitors.

2016
You Know What's Cool? A Billions Dollars

Susman Godfrey secured more than one billion dollars in class action settlements for clients in 2016. With over half a million dollars for a class of automobile owners in In Re: Automotive Parts Antitrust Litigation; up to   $73 million for a class of owners of recordings in Flo & Eddie Inc. v. Sirius XM Radio Inc.; $168for a class of animators in "In Re: Animation Workers Antitrust Litigation"; and $244 million for a class of more than 500 consumer packaged goods companies inThe Dial Corporation v. News Corporation; Susman Godfrey has proven to be a leader in the field of high-stakes class action litigation.

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Susman Godfrey LLP

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

Stats

  • Employer Type: Private
  • Managing Partners: Stephen D. Susman & Neal Manne
  • Hiring Partner: Erica Harris
  • Total No. Attorneys 2017: 117

  • Base Salary

    All offices
    1st year: $190,000
    2nd year: $190,000
    3rd year: $210,000
    4th year: $235,000
    5th year: $260,000
    6th year: $280,000
    7th year: $300,000
    Summer associate: $3,500/week


  • Summer Associate Offers
    7out of 13 (2Ls) (2016)

  • Major Departments & Practices

    Antitrust • Arbitration • Bankruptcy • Business Disputes • Class Action & Aggregate Litigation • Employment • Energy & Environmental • General Commercial Litigation • Intellectual Property • Insurance Litigation • Shareholder & Securities

Major Office Locations

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