- Columbia Law School (J.D., 2004, 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, 2000)
- Kyoto University (1998-1999)
Law Clerk to The Honorable Vanessa D. Gilmore, United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas (2004-2006)
Chanler Langham is a Partner in the Houston office and native of Fort Worth, TX. Mr. Langham litigates 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 preliminary injunction hearings. He has also won appeals in the 2nd Circuit, 5th Circuit, and Texas Court of Appeals, in addition to successfully settling several multi-million dollar matters.
Outside of court, Mr. Langham serves on the Board of Directors for Writers in the Schools, an organization that works with educators and professional writers to engage children in the pleasure and power of reading and creative writing. Mr. Langham mentors students at the University of Houston Law Center and University of Texas Law School. Mr. Langham also reads and speaks Japanese proficiently and enjoys dancing Salsa.
Mr. Langham was included on Benchmark Litigation’s Under 40 Hot List, two years in a row (2016, 2017). Langham was recognized as a “Top 100 Trial Lawyer” by The National Black Lawyers group, three years in a row (2015, 2016, 2017). Langham was also named a “Rising Star” by Texas Super Lawyers, a publication of Thomson/Reuters in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.
In the past few years alone, Mr. Langham has served on several significant, precedent-setting legal matters. For example:
PMC v. Gemstar-TV Guide International (now named Tivo) (Dallas, Texas) In August 2017, Langham tried and won an arbitration on behalf of Personalized Media Communications against Gemstar-TV Guide International, formerly known as Rovi Guides, and now known as Tivo. Tivo claimed that the scope of an Exclusive Interactive Program Guide License, granted in December 2000, expanded to functions not performed by the program guide, but rather performed by the set-top box, such as the delivery of programming content. The arbitrator and former Eastern District of Texas Judge David Folsom rejected Tivo’s arguments and found “the functionality involved in the delivery or transmission of programming content associated with tuning, pay-per-view, video on demand, near video on demand, personal video recording, or digital video recording, are not covered by the IPG license.” PMC’s arbitration victory ends a dispute that lasted nearly 15 years, including two trips to the Federal Circuit. Judge Folsom’s decision and final judgment are attached here. Langham served as co-lead counsel with CLS classmate Arun Subramanian.
In Re: Automotive Parts Antitrust Litigation (E.D. Mich.) In one of the largest price-fixing cartels ever brought to light, Langham and a team of Susman Godfrey lawyers serve as co-lead counsel for a class of consumer plaintiffs in multidistrict price-fixing cases. The actions, alleging anti-competitive conduct, were brought by indirect purchasers of component parts included in over 20 million automobiles, and involve parts such as wire harnesses, instrument panel clusters, fuel senders, heater control panels and alternators. The Susman Godfrey team, together with its co-lead counsel, has reached settlements with certain defendants of over $620 million.
Thatcher v. Wal-Mart (Benton County, Arkansas) In November 2016, Langham tried and won a jury trial on behalf of Wal-Mart against a plaintiff who claimed that a gasoline container sold by Walmart 10 years ago was defective because it ruptured when the plaintiff poured methanol on an open flame. Plaintiff claimed that a flame arrester would be a reasonable alternative design, even though testing by an independent standards setting organization shows that such devices would not work under the conditions described by the plaintiff. Plaintiff sought over $15 million in actual damages. The jury issued a take-nothing judgment.
CIGNA v. Humble Surgical Hospital (S.D. Tex.) In June 2016, Langham won a bench trial on behalf of Humble Surgical Hospital against Cigna in an ERISA benefits action. Cigna alleged claims for overpayment, fraud, and fee-forgiving because Humble Surgical Hospital, an out-of-network provider, did not require patients to pay their full deductible and co-insurance before conducting surgeries. Humble Surgical Hospital sought to recover $12.5 million and penalties for Cigna’s underpayment and non-payment for hundreds of medically-necessary surgeries performed on Cigna insured patients. The Honorable Kenneth Hoyt granted judgment against all of Cigna’s claims and awarded Humble over $13 million in damages.
McManaway, et al. v. KBR, Inc. (S.D. Tex.) In October 2015, Langham won summary judgment against all claims asserted by over 160 National Guard combat troops who sought over $1 billion in damages based on alleged chemical exposure during the Iraq War while deployed by the U.S. Army to provide force protection at an Iraq-owned water treatment plant. The Honorable Vanessa D. Gilmore explained that plaintiffs “may not recover for their genetic transformation injuries because they have failed to show that they are suffering from any physical injury caused by sodium dichromate exposure.”
Personalized Media Communications, LLC v. Echostar Corp. and DISH Network(E.D. Tex.) In May 2015, Langham won a confidential multi-million dollar settlement on behalf of Personalized Media Communications (PMC) in a patent infringement action against DISH/EchoStar. PMC alleged that DISH infringed several patents related to the encryption and decryption of satellite signals.
Dig Tech v. Star Operations (Caldwell County, Texas) In March 2015, Langham tried and won a breach of contract lawsuit on behalf Austin-based Dig Tech against San Antonio-based Star Operations. Dig Tech alleged that Star Operations agreed to pay for construction work on the State Highway 130 Tollway. Star Operations claimed it did not have to pay for the work because Dig Tech did not secure a signed contract. The jury ruled unanimously in favor of Dig Tech.
Before joining Susman Godfrey, Mr. Langham worked as a law clerk to the Honorable Vanessa D. Gilmore in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas. Mr. Langham earned his Juris Doctorate 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 Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs and Japanese Language and Literature. Mr. Langham is licensed to practice in both Texas and New York.