- Columbia Law School (J.D., Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar)
- The George Washington University Honors Program (B.A., magna cum laude, Japanese Language and Literature; and International Affairs with concentration in East Asian Studies)
- Kyoto University
Law Clerk to The Honorable Vanessa D. Gilmore, United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas (2004-2006)
Chanler Langham is an accomplished trial lawyer who has obtained many significant, precedent-setting legal victories. Mr. Langham tries and manages complex commercial matters for plaintiffs and defendants in federal and state courts throughout the country involving antitrust, intellectual property, toxic torts, executive compensation, oil and gas, products liability, and complex breach of contract issues. Mr. Langham has tried and won several jury trials, bench trials, and injunctions for his clients. He has also secured several appellate victories – both affirmances of favorable judgments he previously won and overturns of rulings a client hires him to defeat. And when needed, Mr. Langham has a keen ability to negotiate, he has successfully secured several multi-million-dollar settlements.
Mr. Langham has won major courtroom victories for his clients, who vary from industry leaders to small businesses and individuals, against formidable opponents.
In Jibe Audio LLC et al. v. Jimmy Iovine et al., Mr. Langham tried and won a jury trial and $40 million judgment for client, Steven Lamar, in a breach of contract dispute against Beats, Dr. Dre, and Jimmy Iovine over royalties owed for Lamar’s role in designing the iconic Beats headphones. The jury found that Beats breached the agreement and should pay royalties to Lamar on the Studio 2, Studio Wireless, and Studio 3 headphones. This case was widely followed by the media. The win was covered by The Hollywood Reporter, Billboard, Variety, Bloomberg and Law360. The verdict was also included on National Law Journal’s Top 100 Verdicts of the Year list.
Mr. Langham serves as co-lead counsel for a class of consumer plaintiffs in the largest group of price-fixing conspiracies ever uncovered, In re Automotive Parts Antitrust Litigation. The actions, alleging anti-competitive conduct, were brought by indirect purchasers of component parts included in over 20 million automobiles. Mr. Langham, together with the Susman Godfrey team and its co-lead counsel, reached settlements with certain defendants for over $1.2 billion. After reaching settlements with 39 separate defendant groups, litigation is ongoing against one remaining defendant.
Mr. Langham has also served as counsel to Walmart in several high stakes matters. For example, he tried and won a bench trial on behalf of the retailer in a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Texas laws that prohibit publicly traded companies from selling liquor in Texas. The District Court ruled in Walmart’s favor by striking down provisions of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code under the Dormant Commerce Clause and the Equal Protection Clause. Read the ruling here. Mr. Langham has also successfully defended Walmart in product liability matters.
Mr. Langham’s service continues outside the courtroom. He is a Trustee of the Huston-Tillotson University, a Historically Black College and University. He serves as a Director on the Houston Bar Association (HBA) Board of Directors for its 2021/2022 term. He currently serves as Chair of the HBA’s Lawyers for Literacy Committee, and previously served as Co-Chair of the HBA’s Communities in the Schools Committee. Mr. Langham is a Director on the Air Alliance Houston Board of Directors, and is Vice Chair of the Trial Practice Committee for the American Bar Association’s Antitrust section. He also previously served as a Board Member for Writers in the Schools, an organization that engages children in reading and creative writing. In addition, Mr. Langham co-founded Sweatt Equity Group, an organization of Black male lawyers in Houston. He also mentors Black law students at the University of Houston Law Center and University of Texas Law School.
Before joining Susman Godfrey, Mr. Langham worked as a law clerk for The Honorable Vanessa D. Gilmore in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. He earned his J.D. from Columbia Law School as a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and graduated magna cum laude from The George Washington University Honors Program, where he received a B.A. in International Affairs and Japanese Language and Literature. Mr. Langham is licensed to practice in Texas, Illinois, and New York.
Mr. Langham’s achievements and leadership have been recognized in the national legal community. He was recognized with the President’s Award by the Houston Bar Association in 2020 and as a Leading Plaintiff Financial Lawyer in 2019 and 2020. He was recognized on Benchmark Litigation’s “Under 40 Hot List” in 2016 and 2017 and as a “Rising Star” by Texas Super Lawyers since 2012. Mr. Langham has been rated as a “Top 100 Trial Lawyer” by The National Black Lawyers group three years in a row and was named to Savoy Magazine’s 2018 list of The Most Influential Black Lawyers.