- Harvard University (B.A., magna cum laude, 1977)
- University of Texas School of Law (J.D. with high honors, 1980)
Law clerk to then-Associate Justice William H. Rehnquist, United States Supreme Court.
Law clerk to the Hon. Joseph T. Sneed, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Parker Folse is a partner with Susman Godfrey, L.L.P. in the firm's Seattle, Washington office, which he founded in 1995. He represents both plaintiffs and defendants in a wide variety of complex commercial litigation matters, including contract disputes, antitrust litigation, patent infringement cases, and audit malpractice suits. Mr. Folse has been a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers since 2012 and has extensive experience in difficult, complex commercial cases. He has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America for the last eight years (2010 - 2017) and has been selected for inclusion in the 23rd edition (2017) in the categories of Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Litigation-Antitrust, Litigation-Intellectual Property, and Litigation-Patent (Woodward-White,Inc.).
He is also regularly retained by clients for the purpose of negotiating settlement of substantial commercial disputes prior to the commencement of litigation. His role as counsel for Novell, Inc. in negotiating a landmark settlement of disputes with Microsoft was featured in American Lawyer magazine.
Mr. Folse has been a frequent CLE speaker on trial practice, patent infringement, antitrust and other commercial litigation issues. He is a member of the American Bar Association and the State Bar of Washington, and is a Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation. He has served on the Council of the ABA's Section of Antitrust Law (2013-2015) and he has served as a Vice Chair of the Trial Practice Committee and of the Civil Practice and Procedure Committee, and as a member of the Section's Task Force on Civil Practice and Procedure and on Remedies. He is also the former Chair of the Washington State Bar Association Section on Antitrust, Consumer Protection, and Unfair Business Practices and a current member of the Section's executive committee.
Since December 2012, Mr. Folse has served by appointment of the Chief Justice of the United States as a member of the Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on the Rules of Civil Procedure.
Mr. Folse is also a former officer and director and continuing supporter of the Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation, a charitable organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for people affected by osteogenesis imperfecta.