- University of Texas, 1985
- Harvard Law School, 1988
Max Tribble, a permanent member of Susman Godfrey’s Executive Committee, is well-recognized as one of the premier trial lawyers in America. He has obtained momentous victories for plaintiffs and defendants in a diverse range of commercial lawsuits. He has handled over a hundred cases in various fields, including
|Misappropriation of Trade Secrets||Trusts & Estate Law|
|Patent Infringement||Insurance Law|
|Breach of Contract||Bankruptcy|
|Breach of Fiduciary Duty||Tax Law|
Tribble is widely recognized in his field.
Max Tribble has an enviable record securing favorable results for plaintiffs in patent disputes, usually with an electrical engineering and software bent. Sources remark, with knowing understatement, that he "knows his way around a courtroom."
-from the 2015 Chambers and Partners editorial
Tribble has taken on industry giants such as Apple, Samsung, American Express, Oppenheimer, Comcast, Lehman Brothers, Google, Microsoft, Intel, Wyeth Labs, IBM, AMD, Oracle, and TSMC.
For example, Tribble represented his client MicroUnity in a hard-fought patent infringement action against Intel and forced Intel to pay his client $300 million to license the MicroUnity patents. In follow-up cases, Tribble represented MicroUnity in cases against Apple, Samsung, AMD, and Texas Instruments—each of which also paid to license the MicroUnity patents.
Tribble represented Barcelona-based Fractus, S.A., against the entire cell phone industry to enforce Fractus’ antenna patents. While the rest of the industry paid to license the patents before trial, defendant Samsung did not. At trial, Tribble handled opening arguments, the key witnesses, and closing arguments. The jury awarded Fractus $38 million. The case settled during appeal.
Tribble also represented Two-Way Media at trial against AT&T in a case relating to video streaming. The jury awarded $40 million with interest. The final judgment was affirmed by the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals and was later settled.
In the Northern District of California, Tribble was lead trial attorney representing UniRam Corporation against chip giant Taiwanese Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation (TSMC) for theft of trade secrets relating to embedded DRAM chips. The jury returned a verdict of over $30 million, and the case settled during appeal.
Tribble is named on Lawdragons’s List of the Top 500 Attorneys in America. Benchmark Litigation has named Tribble a ‘Local Litigation Star’ in both General Commercial Litigation and Intellectual Property and he has been honored in Best Lawyers for both Intellectual Property and Patent litigation. Tribble has been named a Super Lawyer by Texas Lawyer in every year since 2005.