Floyd G. Short
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. A seasoned trial attorney, Mr. Short has successfully tried over a dozen cases—most to a jury—and has handled cases in Alaska, California, Delaware, Minnesota, New York, Texas, and Washington.
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 is currently the President of the Federal Bar Association of the Western District of Washington, and since 2011 he has served as a Lawyer Representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference by appointment of the federal judges of the Western District of Washington.
For every one of his cases, Mr. Short carefully learns his client's business objectives and 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 more than 20 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.
Mr. Short is a graduate of Williams College (B.A., magna cum laude, with Highest Honors in Political Science, 1985) and Yale Law School (J.D., 1990).
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
- President, Federal Bar Association of the Western District of Washington, December 2013-present
- Vice President, 2013
- Secretary, 2012
- CLE Committee Chair, 2008-2010
- Lawyer Representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, 2011-present (appointed by the federal judges of the Western District of Washington)
- NITA mock trial judge, 2006
- Part-time Lecturer, Computer Crime and Internet Privacy, University of Washington School of Law, 2001-2005
- Teaching Assistant, Professor Harold H. Koh, Yale Law School
- Editor, Yale Law Journal
- Washington State Bar Association
- U.S. District Courts for the Western and Eastern Districts of Washington
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
- Federal Bar Association, Western District of Washington
- American Bar Association
- King County Bar Association
Mr. Short's recent clients, cases, and successes include:
- representing Eagle Harbor Holdings LLC and MediusTech LLC in a patent infringement case against Ford Motor Company in federal court in Tacoma, Washington (2011-present);
- representing Petro Star Inc. in a breach of contract case against BP in federal court in Anchorage, Alaska (2011-present);
- defending ASRC Energy Services Alaska, Inc. in a federal Family and Medical Leave Act case filed by the U.S. Department of Labor in federal court in Anchorage, Alaska (2011-present);
- representing minority shareholders in ODN Holding Corporation (the parent company of Oversee.net) in an action against the company and its majority shareholders for breach of fiduciary duty and breach of contract in state court in Los Angeles, California (2010-present);
- defending ASRC Energy Services-Houston Contracting Co. Inc. in a federal Family and Medical Leave Act case in federal court in Anchorage, Alaska, and obtaining a successful settlement (2011-2012);
- defending Dialysis Cost Containment, Inc., and Payor Reimbursement Negotiators, Inc., against DaVita, Inc., in a Lanham Act false advertising and unfair competition case in federal court in Dallas, Texas, and obtaining a successful settlement (2008-2012);
- representing Avatar Financial Group in a fraudulent transfer case brought by the Trustee as an adversary proceeding in the largest bankruptcy case ever filed in the Western District of Washington, In re Michael R. Mastro, and obtaining a successful settlement for Avatar (2010-2011);
- representing the CEO of a technology company as a witness in connection with a federal grand jury investigation and criminal prosecution in Seattle, Washington (2010-2011);
- representing the court-appointed receiver in U.S. v. Thomas Joseph Petters, in the District of Minnesota, for the purpose of investigating potential claims of the receivership estate against a third-party professional (2009);
- representing the CEO of a large organization as a witness in connection with a federal grand jury investigation in Seattle, Washington (2009);
- representing Univision Communications Inc. in federal and state court litigation in New York and Minnesota concerning the collapse of the Reserve Primary Fund money market fund in September 2008 (2008-2011);
- representing Timeline, Inc. in a database software patent infringement case in federal court in Seattle, Washington, against ProClarity Corporation and Microsoft Corporation, and successfully obtaining a confidential but substantial settlement for Timeline (2006-2007);
- representing the Metropolitan Mortgage and Summit Securities Creditors' Trusts as special counsel in federal court and private arbitration in the State of Washington against two major accounting firms for auditing malpractice, and successfully obtaining a confidential but substantial recovery for the Trusts (2006-2009); and
- representing Burst.com, Inc. against Apple Computer Inc. in federal court in San Francisco, California, in patent litigation involving audio-video compression, editing, and transmission, and successfully obtaining a confidential but substantial settlement for Burst (2006-2008).