Williams College (B.A., magna cum laude, with Highest Honors in Political Science, 1985)
Yale Law School (J.D., 1990)
Judicial Clerk, Honorable Betty B. Fletcher, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1990-1991
Floyd Short litigates and tries cases on behalf of plaintiffs and defendants in Washington and throughout the United States in complex commercial and financial litigation, patent infringement cases, intellectual property litigation, bankruptcy litigation, and health care matters. He also represents individuals and corporations in white collar criminal matters and government investigations. A seasoned trial attorney, Mr. Short has successfully tried more than a dozen cases—most to a jury—and has handled cases in Alaska, California, Delaware, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, Texas, Washington State, and Washington, DC.
Mr. Short has a Peer Review Rating of AV® Preeminent™ (5.0 out of 5.0) from Martindale-Hubbell and has been recognized for his skills and leadership by lawyers and judges alike. Mr. Short has served as the President of the Federal Bar Association of the Western District of Washington and a Lawyer Representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference by appointment of the federal judges of the Western District of Washington. Mr. Short also has been named a Washington Super Lawyer for several years.
For every one of his cases, Mr. Short carefully learns his client’s objectives, business, technology, products, and services in order to obtain the best possible outcome for his client. He takes pride in his ability to explain complex issues and advocate his client's position to judge and jury in a clear and persuasive manner. Through nearly 25 years of civil and criminal trial practice, plus teaching law part-time, Mr. Short has honed his ability to communicate and connect with judges and juries, as well as with clients, witnesses, and other attorneys.
Before joining Susman Godfrey in 2006, Mr. Short served as a federal prosecutor and the Supervisor of the Complex Crimes Unit of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Washington, where he specialized in white collar criminal cases involving securities fraud, investment fraud, financial fraud, Internet and computer crime, and intellectual property crime.
Mr. Short also spent one year as a law clerk to the Honorable Betty B. Fletcher of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and three years at Preston Gates and Ellis (now K&L Gates), where he handled intellectual property litigation, First Amendment cases, and commercial litigation.