Ryan Caughey
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  • Princeton University (A.B., Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs, 2005)
  • Harvard Law School (J.D., cum laude, 2008)
Judicial Clerkship

Law Clerk to the Honorable Timothy M. Tymkovich, United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit (2011)

Mr. Caughey has successfully litigated a wide variety of complicated, high-stakes commercial disputes for plaintiffs and defendants in federal courts, state courts, and arbitrations. Mr. Caughey has particular experience in the areas of antitrust and competition, energy, securities, intellectual property, environmental, breach of contract, and business and partnership disputes.

In 2017, Mr. Caughey has successfully represented corporate plaintiffs in two complex jury trials, both of which resulted in multimillion-dollar verdicts for our clients. More generally, Mr. Caughey has experience in all key areas of pretrial and trial practice, including examining and cross-examining fact and expert witnesses at trial and arbitration, taking and defending fact and expert depositions, briefing and arguing dispositive motions, and addressing complex issues of class certification, claim construction, corporate governance, and antitrust liability and damages. Mr. Caughey has also handled federal and state appeals, as well as jury charge arguments.

Mr. Caughey joined Susman Godfrey after starting his career at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Washington, D.C. and clerking for the Honorable Timothy M. Tymkovich on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. He earned his law degree from Harvard Law School, where he was Managing Editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy. Mr. Caughey earned his undergraduate degree from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

The following are some of Mr. Caughey’s representative matters:

  • The Dial Corp. et al v. News Corp. et al. Represented a certified class of consumer packaged goods manufacturers, including Dial Corporation and Kraft Heinz Foods, pursuing monopolization claims against News Corporation and affiliated entities. We secured class certification, defeated a Rule 23(f) appeal, defeated summary judgment, and obtained a nine-figure settlement on the first day of trial.
  • Packaged Tuna Antitrust Litigation. Representing major retailer in price-fixing litigation involving the packaged tuna industry.
  • Louisiana Wetlands Litigation. Defending major oil and gas company against lawsuits brought by several Louisiana state and local governmental bodies, which are alleging various categories of environmental harm, including land loss, wetlands degradation, and contamination.
  • Westlake Chemical et al v. James Construction et al. Representing major chemical company in complex, multi-party construction dispute. After a three-week jury trial, the jury awarded our client approximately $4.5 million in damages and fees. Before trial, we defeated a mandamus petition to the Court of Appeals and secured several pretrial settlements.
  • Wickfire et al v. TriMax et al. Represented tech startup in case against competitor, involving Lanham act, contractual interference, and conspiracy claims. After a federal court jury trial, we secured a total victory. The jury awarded $2.3 million in damages to our client and found that the defendant should take nothing on its $22 million counterclaims.
  • Freeman Holdings, LLC v. ExxonMobil Corporation. Represented plaintiff real estate developer in a breach of contract action against Exxon, involving a right of first refusal to purchase real estate. Settled after we defeated summary judgment.
  • Trade Secret Litigation. Represented major oil and gas company in litigation against former contractor who misappropriated confidential documents. Obtained temporary restraining order and injunction after federal court evidentiary hearing.
  • City of Houston v. Willis Towers Watson. Representing the City of Houston in federal court against actuarial firm in complex case involving claims for malpractice and negligent misrepresentation involving actuarial work for public pension.
  • Enterprise Products v. TOC Rocky-Mountain, Inc. Defended pipeline company against breach of contract claims involving natural gas liquid allocation. Case settled after we obtained an appellate victory.
  • KBR v. Chevedden. Represented engineering and construction firm in federal Fifth Circuit appeal regarding exclusion of shareholder proposal from proxy statement, pursuant to Rule 14a-8. The Fifth Circuit affirmed the trial court order excluding the shareholder proposal.
  • Bohan et al Austin Foam Products et al. Defended packaging company in complex cross-border partnership dispute involving claims of fraud, breach of contract, and breach of fiduciary duty. Settled before trial.
  • Abecassis et al v. Wyatt et al. Defended major oil trading firm in case involving antiterrorism act. We obtained dismissal of all claims brought against our client.
  • Medical Card Services v. Equian et al. Defended health insurance company against breach of contract claims. Settled before trial.
  • Weingarten Realty Investors v. Miller. Defended real estate developer in federal court action regarding real estate guarantee. Settled before trial.
  • Confidential Divorce Action. Represented party in high-value divorce proceeding involving ownership and control of significant oil and gas assets. Settled before trial.

Representations at Prior Law Firm

  • Ceglia v. Facebook. Defended Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg in breach of contract action in federal court. Plaintiff sought a significant ownership interest in Facebook. Case ultimately dismissed in our clients’ favor, and affirmed by the Second Circuit.
  • Major Employment Class Action. Defended large retailer in precedent-setting class action. Class certification ultimately denied.
  • FCPA Monitorship. Part of a team appointed by DOJ to conduct largest Foreign Corrupt Practices Act monitorship in history, of a major foreign multinational corporation. Monitored subsidiaries and interviewed witnesses on five continents.
  • VOOM HD Holdings. Represented plaintiff high-definition television subsidiary of Cablevision in a multibillion dollar breach of contract action. Our client obtained settlement valued at more than $1 billion.
Professional Associations and Memberships

State Bar of Texas

State Bar of Colorado 

Bar of the District of Columbia 

United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit