- 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 for plaintiffs and defendants in federal and state courts throughout the country across a variety of practice areas including antitrust, intellectual property, construction, oil and gas, and complex breach of contract litigation.
Mr. Langham has tried and won several jury trials, bench trials, and injunctions and has also secured several appellate victories – both affirmances of favorable judgments he previously won and overturns of rulings a client hires him to defeat. Mr. Langham also possesses 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 win was covered by The Hollywood Reporter, Billboard, Variety, Bloomberg, and Law 360. The verdict was also included on National Law Journal’s Top 100 Verdicts of the Year list.
In Alley Theatre vs. Hanover Insurance, Mr. Langham secured a plaintiffs-side summary judgment win and confidential settlement for Houston’s historic Alley Theatre in an insurance coverage lawsuit over claims that Hanover Insurance failed to properly reimburse Alley for business interruption losses sustained during Hurricane Harvey. In addition to $7 million in coverage for building and theatrical property losses, the Court determined that Hanover must cover $5 million in business interruption losses and rejected Hanover’s application of a flood limit that would have eliminated business interruption coverage.
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, have reached settlements with certain defendants that total over $1.2 billion.
Mr. Langham serves as a Director on the Houston Bar Association (HBA) Board of Directors for its 2021/2022 term and as Chair of the HBA’s Lawyers for Literacy Committee. He previously served as Co-Chair of the HBA’s Communities in the Schools Committee.
Mr. Langham is also 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. Mr. Langham previously served as a Board Member for Writers in the Schools, an organization that engages children in reading and creative writing.
A strong advocate of diversity and inclusion, Mr. Langham is a Trustee of the Huston-Tillotson University, a Historically Black College and University. Mr. Langham also co-founded Sweatt Equity Group, an organization of Black male lawyers in Houston. In addition, he mentors Black law students at the University of Houston Law Center and University of Texas Law School. In 2021 Langham was honored as Mentor of the Year by The American Lawyer (ALM).
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.