Alexandra (Lexie) White
Partner
Houston Office Phone: (713) 653-7883 Email Download vCard Print Bio to PDF
Education
  • JD/BCL Louisiana State University; First in Class, Order of the Coif 
  • BS/BA Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University
Judicial Clerkship

U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

“In a nutshell, over the course of 38 years as an attorney myself, and former International Legal Counsel for a Fortune 25 company with responsibility for managing many law firms over the years, Lexie White is among the very best – if not the best – I have worked with, anywhere. Most recently, she represented me in complex patent litigation (I ended up being an inventor and software entrepreneur), and secured licenses for me with the 12 largest software companies in the world, including IBM; Microsoft; Oracle; SAP; etc. This journey of bitterly fought litigation included 2 trips to the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, and one to the Supreme Court (cert denied), in various attempts to invalidate my patents. I don’t hesitate to recommend Lexie and her colleagues at Susman Godfrey.  There are none better. Read More.
— Jeffrey Conklin                                                                                                       CEO, SKY Technologies LLC

“By far the best lawyer we worked with, Lexie amazed us with her streamlined and efficient case management, saving us huge amounts of time and money as we ramped up toward trial….Lexie’s diligence and talent won us a huge victory at trial….I sincerely hope our business will never be such in a lawsuit again.  But if we ever are, there is nobody I would ever trust it with but Lexie White and her team at Susman Godfrey.” Read full letter here.                                                   — Chet Hall
CEO and Founder, WickFire LLC

“I’ve been practicing law for over 50 years. Lexie White recently handled a case for me . . . . She had a short period of time to amass many facts, put them into a set of answering papers, and, finally, to win our case at a hearing, strictly on cross examination. She did a superb job, and I unhesitatingly recommend her legal services in any matter you may have. She is easily on a par with the best lawyers I have ever dealt with.”
— Paul R. Waldman
General Counsel, United States Prof. Tennis Association

Ms. White is a partner with Susman Godfrey and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee.  She has handled a broad array of commercial disputes for both plaintiffs and defendants, often in a lead or co-lead counsel role.  Her past cases have involved high stakes intellectual property disputes, tortious interference with or breach of contract, mass or class action disputes, professional malpractice, insurance disputes, oil and gas disputes, and environmental and pollution claims, among others.  

Ms. White has enjoyed success both at trial and on appeal.  She was recently named “Litigator of the Week” by Texas Lawyer for a win for her client WickFire in a February 2017 jury trial involving competing claims of tortious interference with contract by two internet marketing companies, each of whom claimed the other had misused Google Adwords technology and bidding system.  Ms. White successfully defeated a $22 million counterclaim brought against her client, and obtained a jury verdict awarding the full amount of the damages her client sought on its affirmative claims.  In another case, Ms. White successfully argued that the Federal Circuit should make new law for her client in a complicated patent ownership dispute. The decision was profiled in several leading publications, and spawned a series of seminars highlighting its significance. 

Ms. White was recognized in 2016 as a “Top Litigator Under 40” by Benchmark Litigation (Euromoney PLC), and in 2010 as a “Rising Star” by Law & Politics Magazine (Thomson Reuters) and as a “Professional on the Fast Track” by H Texas Magazine.  Several of Ms. White’s cases have been featured in Business WeekThe American Lawyer, and Law 360. She has developed a growing and loyal following of clients and co-counsel who consistently call her to handle both their routine and their “bet the company” litigation.  She derives great satisfaction from exceeding her clients’ expectations in terms of the result obtained and the cost of achieving it.

Honors and Distincitons
  • Named "Litigator of the Week" by Texas Lawyer (ALM, February 2017)

  • Named "Top Litigator Under 40" by Benchmark Litigation (Euromoney PLC, 2016)

  • Named a"Rising Star"by Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters,2010)

  • Named a “Professional on the Fast Track" by H Texas Magazine

  • First in Class and Executive Senior Editor of the Louisiana Law Review

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Articles
  • Deterrence Economics and Transitory Prosecutors, 61 N.Y.U. Ann. Surv. Am. L. 45 (2005);
  • Paralyzing Discord: Workplace Safety, Paternalism, and the Accommodation of Biological Variance in the Americans with Disabilities Act, 63 La. L. Rev. 509 (2003)
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Wins
  • In February 2017, Ms. White served as lead counsel to and won a $2.3 million jury verdict for Internet Marketing Company, WickFire, in WickFire LLC v. TriMax Media LLC et al.  A federal jury in Austin, Texas awarded the full requested amount in damages, while rejecting a $22 million counterclaim filed against WickFire, in its lawsuit with competitor TriMax.  Susman Godfrey successfully proved to the jury that the owner of TriMax violated the Lanham Act and tortuously interfered with WickFire’s client contracts. Read more.
  • In 2011, Ms. White defended the United States Professional Tennis Association in a lawsuit contesting the selection of the President of the 2011-2013 Board of Directors. Despite being hired a few days before, Ms. White effectively cross examined three witnesses for nearly seven hours, after which a Texas court ruled in favor of her client on all issues before it and the case was promptly dismissed. Read More
  • In 2009, Ms. White successfully argued that the Federal Circuit should make new law for her client, Sky Technologies, in a complicated patent ownership dispute. The decision [Sky Decision] was profiled in several leading publications, and spawned a series of seminars highlighting its significance.
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Professional Memberships and Associations
  • Louisiana State Bar
  • Texas State Bar
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Notable Representations
  • Lead counsel for Dutch landline and mobile telecommunications company, KPN International, in patent litigation against Samsung involving technology related to 3G and 4G wireless standards.  The case settled for a confidential sum on the eve of trial. Ms. White was subsequently hired to represent KPN in litigation currently pending in a Delaware federal court against other global handset makers, including HTC, LG, and Lenovo.
  • Lead counsel for global LTE patent pool administrator, Sisvel, in patent litigation related to LTE wireless technologies. The cases are pending in federal court in Delaware.
  • Lead counsel for internet marketing company WickFire LLC in jury trial over competing claims of tortious interference with contract and Lanham Act violations. White obtained a jury verdict awarding the full amount of damages WickFire sought and finding that her opponent should take nothing on its $22 million counterclaim.  Ms. White’s work on this case was featured in the Texas Lawyer’s Litigator of the Week section.
  • Lead counsel for Boston-based technology licensing firm, Sky Technologies, in a successful $70 million patent licensing campaign involving litigation spanning multiple jurisdictions and defendants, including SAP, Siemens AG, and Microsoft.  SAP settled for a confidential sum on the eve of trial, while another defendant settled two trial days after Ms. White’s opening argument to a Boston federal jury.  All individual settlement amounts are confidential.  
  • Lead counsel for the United States Professional Tennis Association in a lawsuit contesting the selection of the 2011-2013 President of the Board of Directors. Ms. White was hired after a Texas state court had entered a Temporary Restraining Order against the Association. Four days later, Ms. White cross examined the other side’s three witnesses for nearly seven hours, after which a Texas court ruled in favor of her client on all issues before it. The lawsuit was promptly dismissed.
  • Lead counsel for individual inventors, Amit Jaipuria and Pradeep Jaipuria, in patent litigation against LinkedIn filed in a Texas federal court. The case settled for a confidential sum on the eve of trial.
  • Currently representing Chevron in a series of lawsuits filed by the State of Louisiana, the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources, certain Louisiana parishes, and certain individual landowners seeking damages to Louisiana’s coastal zone allegedly caused by historical dredging and drilling operations. The cases are pending in various Louisiana state and federal courts. 
  • Successfully represented Milwaukee County and the Milwaukee County Pension System in a highly publicized actuarial malpractice trial against the largest actuarial firm in the country.  The dispute involved allegations of professional negligence by Mercer, Inc., a subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies. Mercer denies the allegations, but after two weeks of trial Mercer agreed to pay Milwaukee County $45 million to settle the case. The settlement is reported to be the largest recovery by a public government entity in Wisconsin history, and one of the largest recoveries relating to allegations of actuarial negligence in the United States.
  • Successfully represented a consortium of approximately fifty nationwide health payors in lawsuits filed against a variety of defendants in state and federal courts in New Jersey and Louisiana. The complaints asserted state law claims against Merck & Co. arising in connection with the marketing and sale of Vioxx®, and asserted healthcare reimbursement liens against a $4.85 billion fund established to compensate for Vioxx-related injuries. In January 2009, the clients reached a groundbreaking settlement with the Vioxx Plaintiffs' Steering Committee, guaranteeing them certain payouts on their liens covering participating plaintiffs. The American Lawyer featured this litigation and its settlement in the "Big Suits" column of its April 2009 issue.
  • Obtained summary judgment for the plaintiff, a privately held energy company, in a lawsuit alleging that its insurer breached a duty to defend the company against litigation filed by a third party. The case settled favorably for a confidential sum shortly thereafter. Ms. White successfully concluded similar litigation on behalf of Nokia, Inc., after the Texas Supreme Court likewise decided in favor of Nokia and the duty to defend.
  • Successfully defended and obtained take-nothing judgment on behalf of Texas energy company in a multi-million dollar arbitration proceeding arising from the packaged sale of certain Louisiana oil and gas properties. Additional details of the arbitration are confidential.
  • Obtained highly favorable settlement on behalf of two South American pipeline companies in a lawsuit filed in Texas state court against their insurance brokers alleging negligent failure to procure contingent business interruption insurance. The amount of the settlement is confidential.
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