John Schiltz
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  • University of Virginia School of Law (J.D., order of the coif)
  • University of Montana (B.A., philosophy, high honors; B.A., political science, high honors)
Judicial Clerkship
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable David M. Ebel, United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

John Schiltz is a dynamic advocate with significant experience litigating high-stakes commercial cases for both plaintiffs and defendants. Schiltz has cases in federal courts and arbitrations across the country and across a broad spectrum of legal areas such as patent litigation, trade secrets litigation, antitrust litigation, class actions, and commercial litigation. His experiences leading to and during trial prove that he is a reliable and successful litigator who brings success to his many satisfied clients. 

In April 2017, Schiltz served as trial counsel to Green Mountain Glass in the District of Delaware, where a federal jury entered a verdict in Green Mountain’s favor for $50.3 million*  in its patent infringement lawsuit against Ardagh Glass Inc.  Schiltz presented Green Mountain’s infringement expert at trial, in addition to cross-examining key defense witnesses. The jury found Ardagh willfully infringed Green Mountain’s patent. Read more here.

Schiltz has significant pretrial experience as well. He has briefed and won motions at nearly every stage of the case, from motions on the pleadings, to class certification, to motions for summary judgment, in addition to various other pre-trial motions. He has prepared clients and experts for and then defended their depositions; and has in turn taken countless fact, corporate, and expert depositions—all with an eye towards persuading the jury at trial. Schiltz also has substantial on-his-feet experience arguing in some of the nation’s most important federal courts, often against senior partners twice his age: from discovery disputes in the Northern District of California, to a Markman hearing in the District of Delaware, to a pretrial conferences in the Eastern District of Texas and Delaware, John has advocated persuasively, and successfully, for individuals and corporate clients alike.

Schiltz’s diligence and strategic thinking, while working alongside some of the nation’s preeminent trial lawyers, has achieved remarkable success: in the past year alone, John’s verdicts and settlements total nearly $230 million, including a $50.3 million jury verdict in Green Mountain Glass v. Saint Gobain Containers (D. Del) and $168.95 million in settlements in In re Animation Workers Antitrust Litigation (N.D. Cal).** Schiltz’s work on the Animation Workers matter helped secure Susman Godfrey’s recognition as Law360’s “Class Action Group of the Year” in early 2017. You can read about that award here.

Schiltz’s practice is based in Seattle, where he lives with his wife, Lauren, and son, James. He joined Susman Godfrey after serving as a law clerk to the Honorable David M. Ebel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Schiltz graduated Order of the Coif from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he was a member of the Virginia Law Review and the Supreme Court Litigation Clinic. He has undergraduate degrees in philosophy and political science from the University of Montana, where he graduated with the highest honors bestowed by the university. Prior to law school, Schiltz taught high school math as a Teach For America corps member.


*amount after fees and expenses TBD

**class members’ total recovery TBD following final approval and calculation of court-awarded attorneys’ fees and expenses.

Honors and Distinctions

Order of the Coif

University of Virginia Supreme Court Litigation Clinic

Editorial Board, Virginia Law Review

Professional Associations and Memberships
  • King County Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Washington
  • State Bar of Colorado
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • Unites States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit